You will find Ferrara's bike-friendly streets and frozen-in-time palazzi relatively unexplored and deliciously tranquil.
What to Expect
A heavyweight Renaissance art city peppered with colossal palaces and still ringed by its intact medieval walls, Ferrara jumps out at you like an absconded Casanova (he once stayed here) on the route between Bologna and Venice. Two souls vibrate in the city of Ferrara: a medieval one in the south and the other Renaissance in the north, converging in the Estense Castle.
Start by Viale Cavour-Corso Giovecca, road axis that represents an ideal bridge between Middle Agesand Renaissance; you are going to reach the ancient city walls by bike and you find out that Ferrara is one of the few Italian cities still walled up, surrounded by as many as 9 km of defensive walls with green paths, viable on foot or by bike!
Then continue your guided tour beginning from the mighty Castello Estense, a symbol of the city’s history and power of the Este family, the Lords who have ruled Ferrara for over 300 years making it as a capital for culture and artistic achievements. In front of you, it shows itself, magnificent, the facade of St. George Cathedral, all decorated with stone reliefs as a lace, full of statues, with its monsters and griffins at the front door. Beautiful is also the long side of the cathedral on Piazza Trento & Trieste (once the market square).
Then go on towards the famous district of “Addizione Erculea”. Commissioned by Duke Ercole I, at the end of the XVth century, it’s the very first European example of integral development plan that has earned Ferrara’s inclusion in the Unesco List since 1995. Here, the most famous building is Palazzo dei Diamanti with 8.500 ashlar stone diamond shaped blocks. From Quadrivio Degli Angeli you arrive to Piazza Ariostea dominated by the statue of court poet Ludovico Ariosto. Not far away are the resting site of the Monumental Certosa of San Cristoforo, a beautiful religious complex of the XVth century, and the relaxing Ferrara walls too!
What's Not Included
- Bike rental (around 10 EUR per person)
Piazza Savonarola, Ferrara
Know Before You Go
• The local guide will take care about booking your bikes.