Capital of the Duchy of Ferrara and the first modern city of Europe, Ferrara has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995 as a Renaissance city. Defined as the City of Bicycles, Ferrara always transmits a serene and relaxed atmosphere thanks to its open and liveable spaces and little hustle and bustle in the city centre.
Among places absolutely to see when you are in Ferrara, there will be without any doubt the Castello Estense, built on the order of the Marquis Niccolò II d’Este from 1385, and the Ferrara Cathedral dedicated to San Giorgio, or rather the most important place of worship in the small town.
Still, in the historic area, you can see the imposing Palazzo dei Diamanti of Ferrara, made up by 8500 blocks of white marble striated with pink, where there are many temporary exhibitions organised by the Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery.
For the most romantic silence seekers and who looking for unique shots, it is a must to visit Via delle Volte, the commercial area of Ferrara in ancient time, described by Bacchelli in Il Mulino del Po as the meeting place of prostitutes, thieves and assassins.
The tour of Ferrara continues with Palazzo Schifanoia built to be the place of leisure for the extended court which inside we will find the Salone dei Mesi, with frescoes that, through mythology and astronomy, celebrate the good governorship of Duke Borso d’Este.
People’s life is concentrated in Piazza delle Erbe and in Piazza del Municipio, an obligatory passage during afternoon walking and Sunday tours of Ferrarese citizens and many tourists.
Another point to admire in the early morning or at 3 pm is the Monastery of Sant’Antonio in Polesine where in these hours you can hear the cloistered nuns singing the mass in Gregorian with the choir that expands in the silence of the monastery.