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Ferrara: City Centre Guided Tour (classic tour)

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company


  • Locations

    Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $160 USD per trip
  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Avg Distance

    1 - 1,2 kms

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Everyday 10,00 am - 15,00 pm

  • Starting Location

    Palazzo dei Diamanti in via Ercole I D'Este 21

  • Price Includes

    2 hour guided tour

  • Notes

    No entrance tickets are foreseen for the city centre visit In churches is forbidden to enter with naked shoulders and in shorts


  • On this walking tour you will discover the must-see attractions of Ferrara city centre: Palazzo dei Diamanti, the Renaissance streets, the Este Castle, the Saint George cathedral, the old medieval streets and the old Jewish Ghetto
  • Ferrara has retained its urban fabric virtually intact, discover how houses and town plannings were built and planned in Rennaisance and Middle Ages times
  • On this walking tour in Ferrara you will discover the reason why Ferrara is the only city to have a plan that is not derived from a Roman layout
  • Discover Ferrara the city of Renaissance, bicycles and Unesco World Heritage Centre.
  • Ferrara is one town that won’t let you down. If you’re traveling in Northern Italy and you want to get outside the beltway and travel outside the box, consider Ferrara. It is just enough off the tourist radar to give you a different taste of Italy.

Trip Info

Ferrara became an intellectual and artistic centre that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance. The humanist concept of the ‘ideal city’ came to life here in 1492 and it marked the birth of modern town planning. It is an outstanding planned Renaissance city which has retained its urban fabric virtually intact. Among the great Italian cities Ferrara is the only to have an original plan that is not derived from a Roman layout. It did not develop from a central area but rather on a linear axis, along the banks of the Po River, with longitudinal streets around which the medieval city was organized. The most significant characteristic of Ferrara’s urban history rests on the fact that it developed, for the first time in Europe, on the basis of planning regulations that are in use nowadays in all modern towns. Ferrara is the only planned Renaissance town to have been completed. The brilliant Este court attracted a constellation of artists, poets and philosophers during Renaissance time.

The tour starts with the Renaissance Herculean addition and the inner courtyard of Palazzo dei Diamanti, Corso Ercole I D’Este, the castle inner courtyard, Piazza Castello, Piazza Savonarola, Corso Martiri della Liberta, Piazza Cattedrale, the Cathedral (visit inside accorting to opening times and services), the Piazza del Municipio (former Ducal palace inner courtyard), Piazza Trento Trieste (former Piazza delle Erbe), via San Romano and via delle Volte and Via Ragno(old Medieval streets), Via Vittoria and Via Mazzini (former streets of the Jewish Ghetto).

In case you have got a car or a bus it is possible to have a look at the city wall.

Your adventure awaits!


Manuela Roversi is a professional licensed tour guide in Mantua (It. Mantova), Ferrara, Bologna, Modena and Parma.

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