The UNESCO World Heritage town of Ferrara is just one of the places that we visited during the time we spent away from Bologna as part of our greater tour following the Mille Miglia 1000 mile car rally, during the #Blogville campaign. It’s a wonderful brick medieval-feeling town with wide streets, palaces that were built in the 14th and 15th centuries (one even has a moat!), wonderful food and very friendly locals. It also has some of the most wonderfully preserved outer walls of any town in the country. Following those walls are bike paths and the city in general is very bicycle-friendly.
Apparently in the 15th and early 16th centuries, Ferrara became a cultural center that was well known for visual arts and great music because of the patron, Ercole d’Este I. I still felt that spirit when I walked the city, an air of culture and celebration of beauty and of life in general.
I want to write more about Ferrara but until I have the words and the time to do our short stay justice, I wanted to share some of the photos I took while just wandering the streets. It’s a truly beautiful town and not to be missed is Via Delle Volte, one of the oldest and best-preserved cobblestone streets in Europe. It is straight and very narrow, running parallel to the Po River. Its many archways also make it distinctive.
Ferrara is part of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and should not be missed during any travels in the north east of Italy.Our apartment in Bologna was provided by the Emilia-Romagna Tourism Board as part of the #BlogVille campaign created by iAmbassador and during our time in Ferrara we were also guests of the Tourism Board. As always, my thoughts and opinions here are entirely my own.