Ferrara

The city of bicycles

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Welcome to Ferrara

Welcome in the low valley of Emilia, in the historic city, ancient House of Este and in the commonly known ‘city of bicycles’. However it is not one of the most touristic cities of Italy, Ferrara is a fascinating place due to its history, cuisine and, obviously, with its slow lifestyle.

The beauty of Ferrara is presents in its castles and luxurious palaces built by the Este family. The old town is fascinating from both an artistic and historical point of view and it is also a meeting point for the several students of the University of Ferrara. The city houses also several bar and clubs, restaurants and unique events.

The beauty of Ferrara is presents in its castles and luxurious palaces built by the Este family. The old town is fascinating from both an artistic and historical point of view and it is also a meeting point for the several students of the University of Ferrara. The city houses also several bar and clubs, restaurants and unique events.

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  • Things to see
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Information about the city of Ferrara

Airport

The nearest international airport to reach Ferrara is the International Airport of Bologna. From outside the arrivals hall, you can take a regular shuttle express to ‘Bologna Centrale’, the main railway station (travel time is about 20 minutes). Trains to Ferrara leave from there on a regular basis. If you prefer a direct transfer from Bologna Airport to Ferrara and return, check the timetable and cost of the Bus&Fly bus service: there is a bus every 2hr 30 minutes and the travel time is about 60 minutes.

How to get around

By bike you can reach the most interesting places to visit in Ferrara: the Duomo of San Giorgio, Piazza delle Erbe, Via delle Volte,  luxurious palaces and castles. In Ferrara, cyclists are the masters of the road and the use of bicycles among the locals is, according to surveys, one of the highest in Europe. So, what better way to get around the city if not jumping on a bike?

Tourist Information

Are you looking for a typical experience to enjoy in Ferrara? Take a look to the best activities to do in Ferrara, unique experiences suggested by the Local Friends of Guide Me Right.

The best way to visit Ferrara

Ferrara would not be the same without...
- The bicycles
- The Estense Castle
- Delle Volte street

Not-to-be-missed in Ferrara
- The palio of Ferrara
- Comacchio, the little Venice
- Ferrara Balloons Festival

Museums in Ferrara
- Ariostea Civic Library and Ariosto’s house
- Museum of the Risorgimento and of the Resistance
- Schifanoia Palace and the Salone dei Mesi

When travel to Ferrara

Some romantic visitors have enjoyed Ferrara in winter when the air is chilly and fog softens the features of the landscape. If you prefer experience not only the main touristic sites of the city, but also the traditions and folklore of Ferrara, organize your travel during one of the main events as the Carnival in February, the ancient Palio in spring, the balloons festival in September or, if you are a music lover, you can visit the city from april to july and take part in the the “Ferrara sotto le Stelle”, a festival dedicated to contemporary and independent music.

Tipical food in Ferrara

Among the list of what to do in Ferarra, a special place must be dedicated to its typical cuisine. It is characterized by an excellent mix of flavors, a fusion of regional dishes with the traditional Venetian recipes. Among the most typical recipes, suggested by the locals, there are the “salama da sugo”, the “Pasticcio di Maccheroni” and the first dishes 'pumpkin cappellacci” and ‘cappelletti ferraresi’

About Ferrara

Something that maybe you didn't know about Ferrara...

- The Palio of Siena is not the only one in Italy. Actually the oldest one in the world is the the Palio of Ferrara, a traditional event first organized in 1259.

- One of the most original festival all around Italy takes place in Ferrara. It is the well-known and unusual Balloons Festival which is held in the G. Bassani city park in September.

- The "al Brindisi" winery in Ferrara, originally named "Hostaria del Chiuchiolino" is the oldest wine bar in the world.

- On the floor of St. Peter Basilica, an old engraving shows the list of the 26 largest churches in the world. Among the names there is also the Cathedral of Ferrara with its 118 m long.

Something that maybe you didn't know about Ferrara

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