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Discover Ferrara, City of the Renaissance

By Alliet’ARTI Tours
Price is £79per traveller*


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What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Private tour

  • What's included

    Professional guide

  • What's excluded

    Transport to/from attractions

Know before you book

  • Cathedral of Ferrara, Piazza della Cattedrale, 44121 Ferrara FE, Italy

  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • Most travellers can participate

  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

  • Near public transport

  • Stroller accessible

  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

What you can expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Castello Estense, Largo Castello 1, 44121, Ferrara Italy

Complete with moat Ferrara's towering castle was commissioned by the Este family in 1385. Initially it was intended to protect the Este family from the town's irate citizenry, who were up in arms over tax increases, but in the late 15th century it became the family's permanent residence. Linked to the castle by an elevated passageway, the 13th-century Palazzo Municipale was the Este family home until they moved next door to the castle.The visit of the castle interior is not included in this tour

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Corso della Giovecca, 44100, Ferrara Italy

Throughout the Middle Ages and almost to the end of the 15th Century, the northern boundary of the city ran along the current road System of Viale Cavour-Corso Giovecca. In 1492 Ercole I commissioned to include this vast area in the centre (thus doubling the surface area of the city) and the great architect and town-planner, Biagio Rossetti, designed a plan which, due to its original and rational nature, made Ferrara the first modern city in Europe.
In honour of the Duke who ordered the new town planning this great district is known as Addizione Erculea.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Statua di Girolamo Savonarola, Piazza Savonarola, 44121, Ferrara Italy

Between the castle and the town hall is Piazza Savonarola, dominated by the monument to Girolamo Savonarola, the famous reformer born in Ferrara in 1452 at the origin of the theocratic dictatorship of Florence (1494-1498). It was also he who had the idea of the pyre of vanities in which books and important works of art disappeared. He is represented here with his arms raised in the midst of preaching. The square is bordered to the west by Via Coperta, a five-arch building that connected the two Este family residences (the castle and the town hall)

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Piazza Cattedrale, Ferrara Italy

The Piazza Cattedrale lies between today's town hall, former Este's residence, and the St. George cathedral. From the square you can have a beautiful view of the cathedral facade and its reliefs, a sort of poor man's bible

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Ferrara Cathedral, Piazza della Cattedrale, 44121, Ferrara Italy

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.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Piazza del Municipio, Ferrara Italy

Piazza del Municipio can be accessed directly from the cathedral square, passing through an imposing arch.
The wide square, one of the former inner courtyards of the Este's ducal palace, is characterised by a staircase completely covered with white marble, finished in 1481.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Piazza Trento e Trieste, 44121, Ferrara Italy

The piazza Trento Trieste is the beating heart of the city. It dates back to the Middle Ages and the building of the new cathedral around which the seats of religious, civil and lordly power, in the shape of the family who in fact ruled Ferrara, were concentrated. Indeed, all the city's seats of power were sited in the piazza: as well as the cathedral, there was the bishops' house where the present Bishops Palace stands; the Palazzo della Ragione, the Notary's Lodge, the first nucleus of the Palazzo Ducale, today's Palazzo Municipale. Along the south side of the Cathedral runs the loggia dei Merciai. Also looking on to the piazza is the ex-church of San Romano, now home to a museum.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Via San Romano, Ferrara Italy

This commercial thoroughfare, the medieval town's high 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 medieval houses.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Via delle Volte, Via Capo delle Volte Via Coperta, Ferrara Italy

This charming medieval street marks the axis along which the so-called linear Ferrara developed between the 7th and 9th centuries A.D. and which greatly influenced the further development of the entire city. In Via delle Volte the architectural solution to development in a third dimension was to create overhead passageways: the vaults dotted along the street, to connect the warehouses on the banks of the river to the workshops-houses towards the centre. Here you can enjoy the atmosphere of its 14th and 15th-century buildings and the alleys that lead off it

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ghetto Ebraico di Ferrara, 44100, Ferrara Italy

There is hidden soul to Ferrara, its Jewish one, an important part of the city's community. Through the streets of the Ghetto. The area involved in the former Ghetto, institued in the17th Century, is constituted by today's Via Mazzini, Via Vittoria and Via Vignatagliata and Piazzetta Lampronti where, in the courtyards, the secret passageways, and on the evocative balconies, you can breathe in the intense life of the Ghetto

Duration: 10 minutes

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Safety measures

  • Personal protective equipment worn by staff
  • Masks required
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Activity Location

  • Ferrara Emilia-Romagna

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Largo Castello, L.go Castello, 44121 Ferrara FE, Italy
    • Ferrara Emilia-Romagna

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