Things to see and do - Ferrara
Unmissable tourist sites
Ferrara Travel guide
Ferrara : Michelin's recommendations
With its wide avenues, empty squares and austere palaces, Ferrara seems to have come straight out of a painting by Giorgio De Chirico. Born in Ferrara, this famous painter used the town as a source of inspiration for his “metaphysical painting”. However, it was the architect Biagio Rossetti and the Este family who were responsible for the fine Renaissance district, which is often referred to as the “first modern town in Europe”.
Tourist attractions Ferrara : Things to see and do
Piazza Cattedrale I - 44100 Ferrara
This Cathedral in the Romanesque-Gothic Lombard style has a beautiful tripartite façade endowed with a magnificent canopy (over the door), decorated with a depiction of the Last judgement. You will notice on the right side of the building (where the ..
Corso Ercole I d’Este 21 I - 44100 Ferrara
With a façade embellished by bosses (8 500 "diamonds" covering its walls), this palace is the most important work by architect Biagio Rossetti, who clearly intended angularity to be the key feature. It accommodates the Pinacoteca Nazionale ..
Largo Castello 1 I - 44100 Ferrara
With its princes and patrons who were at times rather bloodthirsty (not unusual in those days), the Este family ruled Ferrara from 1208 to 1598 and certainly knew how to beautify their city. Protected by four drawbridged chatelets, the castle reflect..
Corso Giovecca, 49 I - 44100 Ferrara
Prix Prices from : 55 €
The Hotel Europa is located in an ancient palace in the heart of the city. Completely restored and equipped with the most up-to-date comforts, the Europa maintains its old style and own tradition. You can breathe the allure of the distinguished..
Via Padiglioni 5 I - 44100 Ferrara
Prix Prices from : 50 €
Set in the heart of Ferrara, Hotel De Prati a 2-minute walk from the Opera House and 400 metres from the Diamond Palace. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a satellite TV. Salami, breads and sweet and savoury pastries are served dai..
Corso Porta Reno 17 I - 44121 Ferrara
Offering free WiFi and a panoramic city-view terrace, Hotel Torre della Vittoria is centrally located in Ferrara, 200 metres from the Estense Castle. The spacious and elegant rooms have a flat-screen TV. Rooms at the Torre della Vittoria hotel are a..
via del Gambero 4 I - 44121 Ferrara
An unmissable highlight for anyone wanting to sample the best of Ferrara's cuisine. The chef pays tribute to local specialities such as: butternut squash cappellacci, pasticcio di maccheroni in crosta di pasta frolla (a type of maccheroni pie) and sa..
piazza Repubblica 16 I - 40121 Ferrara
Belonging to the new generation of restaurants, this place is located in the old town and serves seafood and special cheeses. Small dining area, with outdoor tables as well.
via largo Castello 38 I - 44121 Ferrara
This fine restaurant is located in a courtyard and the large windows provide a splendid view of the castle. The cuisine reflects the inspiration and enthusiasm of the youthful management.
via Palestro 70 I - 44121 Ferrara
corso Ercole I D'Este 1 I - 44121 Ferrara
Set in the former seat of the Stock Exchange. Peaceful and full of charm, an informal location to pause for a hot or cold dish, such as a selection of cheeses and cured meats.
via Ravenna 1048 I - 44040 Gaibana
Don't be fooled by its simple and unfussy appearance - Trattoria Lanzagallo is one of the best restaurants in the province for top quality fish dishes, which are authentic and full of flavour. The turbot fillet with a potato crust is highly recommend..
corso Ercole I° D'Este 1 I - 44121 Ferrara
A solid partnership is behind the success of this restaurant, with one partner offering expert wine advice front of house, and the other creating imaginative dishes in the kitchen. Il Don Giovanni has put Ferrara firmly on Italy's culinary map.