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  • 1 Ferrara Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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 ..

  • 2 Palazzo dei Diamanti Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    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 ..

  • 3 Cathedral Museum of Ferrare Interesting

    Museums and art

    Via San Romano 1 I - 44100 Ferrara

    A perfect conclusion to your cathedral tour is a visit to this museum which accommodates statues by Jacopo della Quercia, panels of the old organ painted by the master of the Ferrara school, Cosimo Tura (v. 1430-1495), and the magnificent 12C sculptu..

  • 4 Palais Schifanoia (Palazzo Schifanoia) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Scandiana 23 I - 44100 Ferrara

    Built in the late 14C, this palace harbours the frescoes of the admirable Room of the Months, of which only a part remains. They were intended to form the junction between daily life, astrology and mythology and bear witness to the sophistication of ..

  • 5 Marfise d'Este's townhouse Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso Giovecca 170 I - 44100 Ferrara

    It was into this Renaissance-style mansion that Marfise d'Este welcomed Tasso who wrote Jerusalem delivered. Inside you will see some 16 and 17C furniture as well as some sophisticated grotesques decorating the ceiling. Do not miss the Loggia of oran..

  • 6 Casa Romei Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Savonarola 30 I - 44100 Ferrara

    This dwelling which has some late Gothic elements (the decorations on the ground floor of the Room of the Sibyls and the Room of the Prophets) and some Renaissance elements (the portico of the main courtyard) is a rare example of a 15C middle class h..

  • 7 Hercule I d'Este Avenue (Corso Ercole I d'Este) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso Ercole I d'Este I - 44100 Ferrara

    Lined by palaces and magnificent houses, this shop-free avenue has retained its original residential character. The Angels' cross-roads (quadrivio degli Angeli) boasts three richly decorated palaces, which make up the heart of the avenue.

  • 8 Castello Estense Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Largo Castello 1 I - 44100 Ferrara

    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..

  • 9 Arch street (Via delle Volte)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via delle Volte I - 44100 Ferrara

    This curious street is made up of volte, arches or covered passages which joined the houses of the tradespeople to their shops, which have become the emblem of medieval Ferrara.

  • 10 Via San Romano (Via San Romano)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via San Romano I - 44100 Ferrara

    This commercial thoroughfare, the medieval town's main street which once connected the market square (piazza Trento e Trieste) with the port of Ferrara (now replaced by the Via Ripagrande) is bordered by porched houses, which is very rare in these pa..

  • 11 Synagogues

    Religious buildings

    Via Mazzini 95 I - 44100 Ferrara

    These three synagogues were bequeathed to the Jewish community in 1481 by Roman banker Ser Samuel Melli... Three sites of worship with different rituals coexist together: Temple of Fano (from city of Marche), the Italian temple and the German temple.

  • 12 National Archaeological Museum of Ferrare

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via XX Settembre 122 I - 44100 Ferrara

    Begun in the late 15C by Biagio Tossetti but never finished, this palace with its attractive arcaded courtyard and lovely marble stairway is home to the National archaeological museum which boasts a fine collection of Attic vases and funerary furnitu..

  • 13 saint anthony's monastery in polesine

    Religious buildings

    Via del Gambone I - 44100 Ferrara

    Founded in 1257 by Beatrice II of Este, this monastery is has a peaceful and serene aura about it; in the interior church there are three chapels decorated with 14-16C frescoes from the Giotto and Emilia schools.

  • 14 Renaissance town of Ferrara

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Corso Ercole I d'Este I - 44100 Ferrara

    It was Ercole I d'Este who in 1490 commissioned Biagio Rossetti to extend Ferrara northwards, creating a new area centred around two main perpendicular axes: Corso Ercole I, and Corso Porta Po, Biagio Rossetti and Porta di Mare. This large Renaissanc..

  • 15 Massari Palace (Palazzo Massari)

    Museums and art

    Corso Porta Mare 9 I - 44100 Ferrara

    The late-16C Palazzo Massari is home to several sections: dell'Otto cento museum, the Filippo De Pisis contemporary and modern art museum and the BoldiniMuseum which contains oils, pastels and drawings by artist Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931). A Contem..

  • 16 Home of Ariosto

    Museums and art

    Via L. Ariosto 67 I - 44100 Ferrara

    The house of Ariosto (1474-1533) flanked by a garden in which the poet grew roses and jasmine, is today a small museum devoted to the author of Roland the furious.

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