Ferrara, UNESCO World Heritage Site
Since 1995, the historic center of Ferrara was added to the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage as a wonderful example of Renaissance urban plan, which retains its historic center intact. The canons of urban planning that are expressed had a profound influence on the development in the following centuries.
Since 1999, the award was extended to the Po Delta and the route of the old "delights" of Este. The area has been identified as a whole with the name of Ferrara, City of the Renaissance and its Po Delta.
Lying in the middle of the Po Valley, Ferrara still has the atmosphere of the past, which blends in harmoniously with the lively atmosphere of this.
The most famous image is certainly one of his great Renaissance, the age of the splendor of the court of Este, who left indelible signs everywhere: in the colossal project of the Herculean, in the impressive series of paintings of the fifteenth and sixteenth and Judgement Bastianino.
The city center, a privileged place for meetings, events and shows, is dominated by the massive piers of the buildings of power: the Este Castle, an ancient fortress fourteenth-century later the residence of the Dukes of Este in the sixteenth century, and the magnificent Cathedral, a harmonious fusion of styles Gothic and Romanesque.
Castello Estense, which often hosts exhibitions of various kinds
the Romanesque Cathedral and the adjacent museum
Schifanoia Palace, filled with finely frescoed rooms among which the Salone dei Mesi.
From the castle, then leave the wide streets of the Herculean, of quell'ampliamento by Duke Ercole of Ferrara, who made "the first modern city in Europe" in the Renaissance and for which she received the award, along with its Po Delta UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Palazzo Massari with the permanent exhibition of Boldini, Palazzo dei Diamanti in the Pinacoteca used as a permanent exhibition of important art exhibitions, Piazza Ariostea that annually hosts the world's oldest Palio, the walls, the ancient fortified walls which still retains its splendor.
Comacchio, the "Little Venice"
Located at 30 km from Ferrara to the sea, we find Comacchio, the so-called "Little Venice" is the most original and fascinating historical center of the Po Delta.
Heir to ancient Spina, fought over by Ferrara and Ravenna, Popes and Emperors, has ancient origins, rose at the dawn of the Middle Ages on thirteen islands and founded exclusively on its urban and economic development.
Fishing, fish, salt production was the source of its prosperity and also of its setbacks, because of the conflict that opposed to Venice. Today it remains a city with unique architectural features intact and inhabited by people proud of their origins and strong, a city of canals, palaces and monumental bridges.
Comacchio is a suggestive lagoon city dating back to late Roman times, built on 13 islands in the middle of an extensive wetlands. The current center is rich in relics from the past: beautiful churches and monuments suspended between bridges over the canals, first of all the seventeenth Trepponti, the ancient entrance to the city.
Do not miss the Museum of the Roman Ship, which holds the relics found on board a vessel trading dating back to the first century BC
"Trepponti" is the monumental bridge and the port city of Cardinal Pallotta in the first half of the seventeenth century and designed by 'Architect Luca Danese.
The Trepponti consists of five arched staircases that descend from a central staircase that leads to the square where it takes place every morning at the fish market 'internal characteristic fish, too' it of the seventeenth century.
Along the canal boats are moored typical of the valley (batane), on which you can climb to see the city from a perspective more impressive.
The Po Delta
A few kilometers from the town stands the Valli di Comacchio, 11,000 ha of brackish water surrounded by levees and ridges rich in fauna and flora typical of lagoon environments. Particularly suggestive are the Boscoforte Peninsula and the Saline, where you can see a large colony of flamingos.
The Regional Park of the Po Delta is the largest regional park and occupies a 'considerable part of the Emilia Romagna region. The park is divided into six different zones, each characterized by specific wildlife, landscape, history and culture.
The visitor has the opportunity to explore the park through various routes of unique beauty, by car, by bike or on foot.
By ferry you can make beautiful boat trips. You can, for example, the lighthouse of Gorino and maybe have lunch in the quaint little restaurant. Hence the '' attraction 'is closer to the neighboring Goro, where there is one of the largest farms in the Adriatic shellfish and oysters.
When hiking in the Park of the Delta, we can see flora and fauna infinitely varied according to the different environment in which the park is full. Lavender marina, baccherone, the barrel, the rare white water lily and aquatic gentian, are just some of the many species of plants that live in these wonderful places.
On the mainland we meet our national trabuso and American, blackbird water and the avocet nun, nesting in the tall vegetation, the cane is preferred by the kingfisher, the gazette singing and cannoila.
Percent, the city's Carnival
Town built on the banks of the river Rhine, has given birth to Guercino. It is an important cultural and artistic testimony with:
• The fortress dates back to the fifteenth century, La Rocca, the defensive structure built at the end of the fourteenth century, by the will of the Bishop of Bologna, which curb the aspirations for autonomy of Cento.
• Guercino Square with the Town Hall, the Governor's Palace and the Art Gallery.
A great attraction is its Carnival, which takes place during the months of February, March, one of the most important in Europe, affiliated with the Rio Carnival.
The Municipal Theatre was built between 1858 and 1861 and in 1954 was named the tenor Giuseppe Borgatti Cento The interior has the type characteristic of the Italian theater, horseshoe-shaped, with three tiers of boxes, the gallery and the audience .
The porches characterized Square Guercino, cultural and social heart of Cento, the center of which stands the statue of the homonymous painter, created by the sculptor Stefano Galletti in 1862.
Inside the Governor's Palace in Piazza Guercino, houses the Gallery of Modern Art. In addition to a large group of paintings by Harold Bonzaghi Cento, this museum has a considerable number of works by leading contemporary Italian artists (Annigoni, Balla, Capogrossi, Carra, Conti, De Pisis, Fountain, Guttuso, Morlotti, Reggiani, Russolo, Sironi, Wildt, etc.).
Pompous and its Abbey Medieval
Pomposa Abbey is a complex of buildings that forms one of the most celebrated Benedictine monasteries of the Middle Ages, the Basilica, the Refectory, the Chapter House and the Court are the heart of the abbey. To these must be added at a later stage, the majestic bell tower.
The Benedictine abbey founded in the seventh century AD Around the year one thousand Abbey enjoyed great prestige in the region and the role of abbot was held in high regard. The Benedictine monks remained until the beginning of the sixteenth century, when all the monastic family moved to Ferrara. He became private property and then a farm, but a century ago it was transformed by the State into a national monument.
The complex was visited over the centuries by various celebrities, including Barbarossa and Dante Alighieri. The architecture is a mix of Romanesque and Byzantine styles and works of art may recognize elements of both the School of Ferrara and of that of Bologna.
The Estense Castle Mesola was built in the sixteenth century according to the last Duke of Ferrara, Alfonso II in honor of his third wife, Margherita Gonzaga. Last of the "delights" of Este, is distinguished by its austere and elegant at the same time. At the center of a vast hunting grounds, the castle was surrounded by a wall 12 km long, of which, however, nothing remains. Were instead the structures set in a semicircle around the castle, now converted into shops and restaurants.
The castle houses inside the Environmental Education Center, the Library and is home to temporary exhibitions.
The seven strands of Comacchio on the Adriatic Sea
Made today by wide boulevards and a concentration of shops and restaurants near the beach, the Ferrara beaches are a tourist resort full of fun and entertainment.
The tourism shores of Ferrara, composed of 7 strands of Comacchio, offers long beaches and clean sea vacation for everyone, from families to young who will find opportunities for sports and fun with friends.
In the estate of the Ferrara beaches are proposed houses for every need, hotels and guesthouses are equipped with every comfort.
For beaches you can sunbathe, stroll, while the children play and bathe in safety.
Here, as in other lands, opportunity 'to play sports, to meet in pubs, restaurants and pizzerias, from hiking in the valleys and oases.