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A voyage through the cultural landscape of renaissance Ferrara. With this App you can: listen to the stories with audio tour, read the curious tales and explore the rooms with videos and panoramic photos, have fun with the quizzes.
In Ferrara in 1385, a dangerous revolt convinced Niccolò II d’Este of the need to erect mighty defences for himself and his family thus the Castello di San Michele was built, a fortress erected against the people. Its imposing proportions, its moat, its drawbridges and its towers date back to that remote period. An elevated covered passageway, which still exists, joined the military building to the marquises’ Palace, today Palazzo Municipale. Centuries went by and the risk of riots died down. And so the castle became the magnificent residence of the court and was embellished with roof terraces at the top of the towers, marble balconies, the Renaissance style courtyard (at the time fully frescoed) and sumptuous apartments.
The imposing towers stand out at the four corners of the Castle, symbols of the magnificence of the Este Family: the Torre di Santa Caterina; the splendid Torre dei Leoni, from which it is possible to admire the panorama of Ferrara (you can climb to the top of it during the visit of the Castle); the Torre Marchesana; the Torre di San Paolo.
Palazzo dei Diamanti
The magnificent Palazzo dei Diamanti, at the centre of the Addizione Erculea, on the important crossroads known as the Quadrivio degli Angeli belonged to the duke’s brother Sigismondo d’Este. Its name derives from over 8000 pink and white marble ashlars in the form of pyramids (or diamonds) that cover the two façades. The architect Biagio Rossetti rendered it a townplanning masterpiece by placing the most important decoration on the corner: a contrivance destined to highlight the importance of the crossroads and make the building an entirely original work, designed as it was to be viewed in perspective rather than from in front of the façade. Indeed, the corner adorned with splendid sculpted candelabras by Gabriele Frisoni and by a gracious balcony (added a little later) tends to lead the visitor towards the nearby Piazza Ariostea.
Inside, the structure develops over three wings, originally on a U-shaped layout, but altered by subsequent conversions. Some rooms on the piano nobile conserve remarkable 16thcentury ceilings. Today, the palace is home to museums: Pinacoteca Nazionale and Galleria d’Arte Moderna.
Over 600 km of itineraries for cycle tourism and easy cycling holidays in the province of Ferrara.
In the city the bicycle is the preferred and preferable means of transport to get lost in the plot of narrow and cobbled streets of the medieval heart and the Jewish places, reconstruct the testimonies of the ancient and busy port on the Po that rose south of the city, amaze wide spaces and the Renaissance geometries of the Walls and of the “first modern city” of Europe.
What cyclist are you? Choose your itinerary!
Easy You love the walks that allow you to stop and admire the landscape without neglecting a bit of healthy commitment on the pedals.
Family You like to ride comfortably with your family and always look for safe, fun and curious routes.
Ring The ring paths are your ideal solution for exploring the territory.
Sports You are sporty and love to test your physical endurance with long stretches and routes on asphalt and dirt roads.
Tour The kilometers on two wheels do not scare you, distance is a challenge, use the bicycle to travel: the Grand Tour is your daily bread.
Food and Wine Culture
The ancient recipes of the Estense Court, which was the place par excellence of culinary research, can be found again in some of the most famous dishes of the Ferrara cuisine. Just a few examples of Estense Ars Culinaria are enough to satisfy your taste and eyes with traditional flavours of a Gastronomie, expression of an intellectual, aesthetic and cultural Grandeur. The Salama da sugo, culinary heritage and tasting mystical experience, is a dough of pork minced meat seasoned with red wine, salt, black pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, rhum (or Cognac) and some other ingredients that no Ferrara artisan would be willing to disclose to you.
Don’t miss as well the pleasure of the pampepato, the Ferrara perhaps more typical and well-known pastry, which is an ideal and traditional season after-meal, whose recipe is believed to date back to the sixteenth century when the nuns of the Corpus Domini convent created this masterpiece to grace courts and prelates tables. These are only few examples, but it would a pity you miss the other Ferrara cooking artworks like the passatelli, the cappellacci with pumpkin filling, all the game and fish dishes and the traditional ring cake (brazadéla) to be tasted with the excellent local wines.