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Ferrara Recommended Recommended : 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”.

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Tourist attractions Ferrara : Things to see and do

  • Ferrara Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Piazza Cattedrale

    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 ..

  • Palazzo dei Diamanti Recommended Recommended

    Corso Ercole I d’Este 21

    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 ..

  • Castello Estense Interesting

    Largo Castello 1

    The powerful edifice, built in 1385 and transformed in the 16C into a princely abode, was the home of the Este family. An upper covered passageway links it to the town hall, formerly a ducal palace. The orangery, ducal chapel and rooms, rich in fresc..

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Hotels Ferrara

  • Hotel Ferrara

    Largo Castello, 36 I - 44100 Ferrara

    Located within the enchanting framework of the 14th-century Estense Castle, Hotel Ferrara is one of the most prestigious establishments in the city. Each room features a full HD LED TV with international channels and free Wi-Fi. A public shuttle to ..

  • Hotel Annunziata

    Piazza della Repubblica 5 I - 44121 Ferrara

    Just 50 metres from the famous Estense Castle of Ferrara, Hotel Annunziata provides air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a generous breakfast. Located in the city’s pedestrian area, it offers cheese tasting sessions and free bikes for your entir..

  • Hotel De Prati

    Via Padiglioni 5 I - 44100 Ferrara

    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..

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Restaurants Ferrara

  • La Borsa Wine-Bar Quite comfortable restaurant 

    Corso Ercole I° 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.

  • Quel Fantastico Giovedì Comfortable restaurant 

    via Castelnuovo 9 I - 44121 FERRARA

    A more classical dining room with modern coloured accessories. A small atmospheric location with attentiveness to both service and cuisine, offering both creative dishes and more traditional fare. Also has an outdoor section.

  • Ca' d'Frara Quite comfortable restaurant 

    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..

  • Lucrezia Borgia Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    via Bononi 34 I - 44124 FERRARA

  • Big Night-da Giovanni Comfortable restaurant 

    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.

  • Trattoria Lanzagallo Quite comfortable restaurant 

    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..

  • Il Don Giovanni Comfortable restaurant  A very good restaurant in its category

    corso Ercole I D'Este I - 44121 FERRARA

    Highly creative cuisine served in a stylish and elegant setting. The chef works with top quality ingredients to produce contemporary dishes that are memorable and full of flavour.

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