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Historically, Ferrara was the domain of the powerful Este clan, rivals to Florence's Medici in power and prestige, who endowed the city with its signature building – a huge castle complete with moat positioned slap-bang in the city centre. Ferrara suffered damage from bombing raids during WWII, but its historical core remains intact. Of particular interest is the former Jewish ghetto, the region's largest and oldest, which prevailed from 1627 until 1859.


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$41.10 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ferrara Tour of Must-See Attractions with Local Top Rated Guide

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Basilica di San Giorgio Fuori le Mura, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaFollow our guide in this amazing private walk into the city, at the discovery of the cultural heritage of the Este family, the one that brought the Renaissance style in Emilia-Romagna.You will visit the Romanesque Church of Saint George - whose unique façade will astonish you.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Ghetto Ebraico di Ferrara, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaEnter the enchanting Jewish District, till you will reach Via delle Volte, a cobblestone street surrounded by arches and porticos.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Castello Estense, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaYou will then visit the Estense Castle, residence of the ruling family, and a must-to-see for tourists and visitors. First built to protect the Duke’s family from the revolts, the majesty of the fortress still dominates the heart of the cityDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Piazza Ariostea, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaYou will enter Piazza Aristotea, where the first established palio has been raced, and still is today.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Cimitero della Certosa, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaLooking around the square you will also see the Monumental Complex of the Certosa, the oldest cemetery in FerraraDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaThe guide will make you cross viale Ercole d’Este – named after the most famous of the rulers of the city, the one that planned the city enlargement – and will reach the Diamond Palace – so called for the peculiar 8000 diamond-shaped stones used for the facades of the building. Duration: 30 minutes

$85.63 Cultural & Theme Tours

Small-Group Ferrara Tour of City Highlights with Top-Rated Local Guide

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Castello Estense, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaSymbols of the magnificence of the Este Family, the castle was embellished with roof terraces at the top of the towers, marble balconies and sumptuous apartments. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Via delle Volte, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaWalking through the ancient via delle Volte you will reach the Jewish areaDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Ghetto Ebraico di Ferrara, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaIn the heart of the medieval city lies the ghetto, an area which conserves the memories of the centuries-old Jewish Community of Ferrara and where the same community was from 1627 to 1861. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Basilica di San Giorgio Fuori le Mura, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaThe Cathedral of St George has a decorated marble facade and entrance that includes very elaborate carvings relating biblical stories such as the last Judgement.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaThis spectacular Renaissance building was built by Sigismondo d’Este, who entrusted architect Biagio Rossetti.Duration: 20 minutes

$67.36 Cultural & Theme Tours

Small-Group Ferrara Tour of City Highlights by Night

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Castello Estense, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaThe Este Castle is one of the major historical, architectural and artistic heritage of the cityDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Via delle Volte, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaLet’s continue our tour visiting the most beautiful streets and squares in Ferrara, crowded with cafés and bars where locals meet up to enjoy an evening glass of local wine.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Ghetto Ebraico di Ferrara, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaOur knowledgeable tour guide will lead you at the discovery of the narrow streets of the former Jewish Ghetto,Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Basilica di San Giorgio Fuori le Mura, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaThe night lights add a warm and fascinating energy to the richly decorated façade of the St George cathedral, the elegant Town Hall palaces. Duration: 20 minutes

$55.94 Tours & Sightseeing

Bike Tour Discovering Ferrara

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 a Renaissance one in the north, converging in the Castello Estense.Start by Viale Cavour-Corso Giovecca, the road axis that represents an ideal bridge between the Middle Ages and Renaissance. We are going to reach the ancient city walls by bike, and we we’ll 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 we will continue our guided tour beginning from the mighty Castello Estense. This symbol of the city’s history and power dates from the time of the Este family, the Lords who ruled Ferrara for over 300 years, making it a capital for culture and artistic achievements. See the magnificent façade of St. George Cathedral, all decorated with stone relief like lace and full of statues, with monsters and griffins at the front door. The long side of the cathedral on Piazza Trento & Trieste (once the market square) is also beautiful.Then we'll go on towards the famous district of 'Addizione Erculea.' Commissioned by Duke Ercole I at the end of the 15th century, it’s the very first European example of integral development plan that earned Ferrara’s inclusion in the UNESCO List in 1995. Here, the most famous building is Palazzo dei Diamanti with 8,500 ashlar stone diamond-shaped blocks.From Quadrivio Degli Angeli we arrive at Piazza Ariostea dominated by the statue of court poet, Ludovico Ariosto. Not far away is the Monumental Certosa of San Cristoforo, a beautiful religious complex from the 15th century, and the relaxing Ferrara walls too.

$59.37 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Traditional Tigellata on the terrace in Ferrara

Ferrara is a beautiful town in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy. It grew up around a ford over the River Po, became an intellectual and artistic centre that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. Here, Piero della Francesca, Jacopo Bellini and Andrea Mantegna decorated the palaces of the House of Este.Ferrara is a cultural landscape that is exceptionally well preserved and is authentic in its form and design, materials, setting, spirit, and feeling. Discover this amazing city and enjoy a traditional dinner with locals. Meet your friendly hosts, Rosie and Francesca, and enter their typical home with a spectacular terrace. Taste delicious tigelle, and fill them with the best local products. Make a toast with your friends and learn all about local cuisine.You will enjoy two fresh cocktails: Hugo (prosecco, elderflower cordial, sparkling water and fresh mint leaves) and Mojito. Then, try genuine pinzimonio (crudité) and the famous homemade tigelle (homemade bread cooked in a traditional griddle pan), served with a selection of sliced meats and cheeses. If you really fancy it, fill them with Nutella!Enjoy a seasonal fruit dessert in a convivial atmosphere. Don't miss a special experience in Ferrara!

$46.81 Private & Custom Tours

Ferrara City Center Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Centro Storico Ferrara, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaSubmerged in the green Valley of the Po river, Ferrara has been declared a Unesco World Heritage due to its still intact old town! Ferrara is a splendid city of art, ideal to be enjoyed walking through its streets and discovering its "Renaissance character", revealed on every corner. The famous Este family governed here for three centuries and gave the city the appearance it has today: a uniquely planned city, which harmoniously fuses the Mediaeval and Renaissance styles and that can represent Europe's first modern city. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Ferrara Cathedral, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaYou will start from the Cathedral of St.George, an amazing Romanesque display with a unique façade raising in front of the City Hall. Here you will be guided through the story of the Estensi, the family who paved the way to the Renaissence in Emilia Romagna. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Castello Estense, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaA stop at the Estense Castle is therefore mandatory: a fortress built to defend the Dukes from public revolts and that stands still surrounded by its moat at the centre of the city. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Ghetto Ebraico di Ferrara, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaYou’ll visit the Jewish District, a community embraced by the Este family, walk along Via delle Volte, an ancient cobbled medieval street teeming with porticoes and arches that will give you a glimpse of ancient timesDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Corso Ercole I d"Este, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaA walk across the famous Corso Ercole I d'Este, boulevard named after the Duke that commisioned the enlargement of the city during the Renaissence Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Emilia-RomagnaYou will visit to the outstanding Palazzo dei Diamanti, which stands at the crossing between two main streets of the Addizione Erculea, and which takes its name from its clad of over 8000 pryramid-shaped stones, will complete and end this amazing tour of the city.Duration: 20 minutes