Ferrara, Italy – what to see – part 4

Ferrara Italy

What to see in Ferrara, Italy (part 4)

Okay so by now you have seen the castle, the cathedral, a few museums and the main shopping street. Now it is time to visit a few more sights. In front of the castle is a road called Corso Ercole l d’Este which is lined with grand buildings, a handful of which you can visit.

 

1-Museo del Risorgimento e della Resistenza – Museum of the Italian Resistance and Unification

For history/war buffs this is a very interesting museum that is brimming with documents, posters, photos, and artefacts. The museum feels more like someone’s personal library and collection of news clippings, photographs, uniforms, satirical cartoons and more from 1919 to 1945. It is rather a sobering museum, which is why I recommend visiting this museum before the next one.

 

Hours and Ticket prices:

-Open 9:30 to 1pm and again 3 to 6pm

-Closed Mondays

4 Euros for adults, 2 Euros for seniors/kids/groups (prices as of 2016)

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2-Pinacoteca Nazionale | Palazzo dei Diamanti – National Gallery and Diamanti Palace

Next to the Museum of Italian Resistance is the Diamanti Palace which houses the National Gallery. The building is stunning as it is covered in marble diamonds (similar to a building you can see in Segovia, Spain). There are 8500 diamond shaped stones on the building façade which catch the sunlight all day long. The palace was built in 1493 and designed by Biagio Rossetti, the court architecture who was also in charge of enlarging the city of Ferrara. Inside you will find a collection of 18 and 19th century artwork, so large dark paintings of religious scenes.

 

Hours and Ticket prices:

-Open 9 to 2pm Tuesday to Sunday

-Open 9 to 7pm on Thursday

-Closed Mondays

4 Euros for adults, 2 Euros for seniors/kids/groups (prices as of 2016)

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If you have time, a few more things to see and visit:

-Past the Diamanti Palace is a rather pleasant park, Parco Massari.

-Further past the park is the Museum of Religious Art, San Cristoforo alla Certosa which is also part of the cemetery.

Natural History Museum – I did not get to this museum but believe it holds an extensive collection of mammals, reptiles, insects, fossils, minerals, and more! Open 9 to 6pm except Mondays.

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Ferrara is full of amazing collections of art and history.

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Ferrara Italy – Part 2 – castle and more

Ferrara Italy

What to see in Ferrara, Italy (part 2)

1 – Castle Estense

Start at the city center and visit Ferrara’s castle. The castle sits in the center, surrounded by a moat, and yes there are draw bridges. You will find yourself standing on the city block, staring up at the castle while cars, bikes, and motorcycles whiz by – a castle that has been absorbed into the modern world.

The red bricks, red shutters, and towers stand tall and dominate the main downtown. The castle dates back to the late 14th century and was home to the Este Court. Your visit will take you through stately rooms with painted ceilings, artwork, maps, and the charming Garden of Oranges (a balcony filled with potted orange trees, sitting high above the busy city streets).

 

Hours and Ticket prices:

-Open 9:30 to 5:30pm

-Open until 7pm from June to August with a 2 hour lunch break (1 to 3pm)

-Open every day – March to September!

8 Euros for Adults, 6 Euros for seniors/kids/groups (prices as of 2016)

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2 – Piazza and Cathedral

From the Castle you should walk to the Romanesque Cathedral in the Piazza Trento e Trieste. Along the way, notice the Theater building with a circular courtyard. The Municipal Theater and Ferrara Musica house performances and concerts. From October to May you can buy tickets for the special performances or for the resident orchestra throughout the year.

The Piazza is a long rectangle with the Romanesque Cathedral along one edge. The Cathedral façade was being worked on when I was there, so I had to be content with admiring the side which is decorated with stone columns along the top, all of which vary in pattern and size. The Cathedral dates back to 1135 – that is 800 years old! Always impressive to see the work of those masonry and craftsman still standing! The interior of the Cathedral is dark but when the sunlight shines in you see gold painted angels and the marble floors that look like a giant chess board.

Cathedral Hours: Open 7:30 to Noon and 3:30 to 6:30pm

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3 – Across from the Cathedral (side) is the Cathedral Museum housed in another church. This is a lovely little museum with two parts. Part one is the upstairs floor of the side building where you can see some sculptures and a large collection of illuminated manuscripts. Part two is in the actual church. There you will find tapestries from the 1550’s that depict the stories of Saint George and Maurlius. In addition, there are the 13th century stone panels that depict the months with great detail in the clothes, faces, and tools. And perhaps the most interesting, is the Madonna of the Pomegranate statue, a 15th century stone sculpture.

 

Hours and Ticket prices:

-Open 9:30 to 1pm and 3 to 6pm

-Closed Mondays

6 Euros for adults, 3 Euros for seniors/kids/groups (prices as of 2016)

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4 – From the Piazza continue down Via Mazzini where you will find a pleasant pedestrian walk by shops and red brick buildings. When I was visiting Ferrara I was looking up at colorful umbrellas, an open art installation over Via Mazzini.

Insider Tip: Ferrara is a city of bikes which means watch out! Be mindful of bikes whooshing by as you back up to look at a building, darting around corners as you wait to cross the street, and remember that little “ding” is the warning sound of a bike rider coming up behind you.

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