Ferrara, Sam's advice

A bicycle-friendly city

Ferrara lives on, resisting time and fashion: it is a timeless city, a symbol of the province's marvellous wealth. The following itineraries are just suggestions to help you discover as much as possible of this ancient and magical city.
It is a city to be explored at your leisure, savouring every detail of its historical and natural beauty, enjoying the play of light on the stone of the imposing ancient monuments.

3-day itinerary

A quiet weekend with the Este family

Day 1:
  • Breakfast at Pasticceria Roverella. 100 metres from the Bed&Bike is one of the city's historic pastry shops.
  • Visit to Palazzo Costabili of Beatrice d'Este's husband: a true architectural masterpiece, with a large courtyard of honour, harmonious gardens and richly frescoed rooms. The Sala del Tesoro is a must-see.
  • Lunch at Schiaccia in Via San Romano.
  • Visit to the monastery of Sant'Antonio in Polesine founded in the 13th century. Even today it is still possible to listen to the early morning mass with Gregorian chants, or visit the inner church usually accessible only to nuns.
  • Evening at Quel Fantastico Giovedì: good food, quality wines recommended by the sommelier and excellent value for money.
Day 2
  • Breakfast at Pasticceria Europa, 50 metres from the Bed & Bike. Don't miss the "cannoncini alla crema".
  • Visit to the aristocratic residence of Marfisa d'Este, adjacent to Palazzo Bonacossi. Marfisa D'Este lived there in the sixteenth century and still today you can admire the refined rooms and elegant gardens where the aristocracy of the city gathered.
  • Lunch at Cotto&Mangiato in Viale Cavour.
  • Visit to Palazzo Bonacossi, a 16th-century complex. Its high tower is home to an extensive museum circuit involving the nearby Palazzo Schifanoia and the Palazzina di Marfisa d'Este. Together they form the Museo Civico d'Arte Antica, one of the most interesting places to visit.
  • Dinner at Cucina Bacilieri to discover dishes with unexpected combinations but surprisingly top taste.
Day 3
  • Breakfast at Caffè del Corso. Located 50 metres from the Bed&Bike, it boasts the best ricciolina in town.
  • Guided tour of the Jewish Ghetto of Ferrara.
  • A walk of about 3 hours ending with a visit to the Jewish Cemetery still in use by the community.
  • Departure and return home not before purchasing a cabaret of single-portion macaroni pies as a travel souvenir.

My 5 days in Ferrara

Between taste and history

Day 1
  • Breakfast at Pasticceria Roverella, 100 metres from the Bed&Bike. It is one of the city's historic pastry shops.
  • Visit to the Estense Castle with a stop at the Castle Cafeteria located on the main floor of the monument. You will find yourself in a prestigious frescoed room from which you can admire the extraordinary perspective of Corso Ercole I d'Este, one of the most beautiful streets in Europe.
  • Lunch break at Farina del mio sacco: tigelle, crescentine, platters of cured meats in a young, informal setting. The quality/price ratio is excellent.
  • Visit to the Cathedral of San Giorgio Martire. We Ferrara people call it the Duomo because it is the city's main place of worship. The white marble with which it is built bears the marks of all the historical eras that Ferrara has gone through over the centuries. The Renaissance bell tower, the work of Leon Battista Alberti, has remained unfinished.
  • Evening at the Torrione Jazz Club, located inside a Renaissance bastion.
Day 2
  • Breakfast at Caffè Europa, 50 metres from the Bed&Bike. This is another historic café in the city. Sit down and taste the "cannoncini alla crema" in a number of more than three.
  • Tour the Massari Park to admire the centuries-old trees: in addition to the two Cedars of Lebanon at the entrance, some yews, an imposing ginkgo and the giant oak tree at the Corso Ercole I d'Este entrance.
  • Visit to the Botanical Garden of the University of Ferrara, located in front of Massari Park. The Garden houses a herbarium with dried plants that testify to the close link between the city, the Este University and botanical sciences.
  • Lunch at Zazie's: a small but well-kept restaurant. The soups of the day, the centrifuges and the biscuits are delicious.
  • Afternoon at leisure to wander through the picturesque villages of Ferrara. Evening at the Teatro Comunale for a dance or drama performance.
Day 3
  • Breakfast at the Caffè del Corso, 50 metres from the Bed&Bike. Here you will find the best "ricciolina" you can eat. Try it to believe it.
  • A stroll along Via delle Volte, so called because of the arches and suspended passages that characterise it. Almost two kilometres long, this is one of the places in the city where time seems to have stopped. Choose the stretch you prefer and savour its medieval charm.
  • Visit the National Archaeological Museum with treasures from the Spina necropolis. In addition to reconstructed tombs, you can see pottery of Attic origin as well as magnificent gold and amber jewellery which testify to the wealth of the city of Spina before and after the advent of the Roman Empire.
  • Lunch at Piaceri di Lucrezia: a guarantee of tradition and quality.
  • Tour of the mediaeval walls by bike: 14 km with fabulous views.
  • Concert at Palazzo Bonacossi: chamber music concerts organised by the Frescobaldi Conservatory of Ferrara.
Day 4
  • Breakfast at the Antico Caffè about 200 metres from the Bed&Bike. Stroll along Corso Ercole d'Este, from the Castle to the Porta degli Angeli.
  • On the way a must is the magnificent Palazzo dei Diamanti, one of the symbols of the city and the centre of the Herculean addition. Unique in the world, the Palazzo dei Diamanti is one of the glories of Ferrara and the exhibitions it hosts, both temporary and in the national picture gallery, are also remarkable.
  • Lunch at the Enoteca Tre Pennelli: stuffed sandwiches accompanied by excellent wines. The atmosphere is a bit retro like the managers. Few things but of quality.
  • Walk towards Villa Melchiorri. If you love the liberty style, the villa cannot leave you indifferent: it has remained completely intact.
  • Evening at Lemokò for a taste adventure in an old lemon house transformed into a workshop of flavours. Particularly suitable for romantic evenings and special experiences.
Day 5
  • Breakfast at Pasticceria Roverella, 100 metres from the Bed&Bike.
  • Visit to the church of Santa Maria in Vado. With important paintings by Bononi, it is a breathtaking church in terms of its beauty and solemnity. The scene of the miracle of the bleeding host and built over the ancient chapel where travellers gave thanks for the ford of the river Po, the church is immersed in peace: dive in without fear.
  • Visit the ancient Jewish Ghetto, even better if accompanied by a guide. An experience to be had in order to understand the places and situations of a community that has lived and influenced so much in the life of the city.
  • Lunch at the Cappelli bakery with typical products including fresh local pasta. A small and spartan place but of quality for a quick lunch. Excellent cappellacci with pumpkin, honest price.
  • Visit to Meis with the permanent exhibition "Jews, an Italian story. The first thousand years". The Meis tells the story of Italian Judaism, describing how it was formed and developed in the peninsula from the Roman age to the Middle Ages.
  • Evening on the outskirts of Ferrara at Agriturismo la Bozzola, where you can taste salamina da sugo in all its variations.

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A fantastic accommodation!

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A fantastic accommodation!
Very nice rooms, well equipped, very clean and ideally located (there is also an ice cream shop across the street which is very good). We had a great 2 nights. Very attentive room staff. I have discovered a new electronic key entry system which is great!
nothing, everything perfect!

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The proximity to the city center, kind and helpful hosts, the size of the apartment
Opposite is a very noisy bistro. You have to close the window, but the air conditioning is ok.

Nice stay

Central location (5 minutes walk to the Cathedral) Very large room and bathroom
To be picky: 1) Unfortunately there is no lift and the spiral staircase is not very convenient to do with a suitcase. 2) I would have appreciated the presence of a refrigerator in the room

Thanks Stefano for the nice review and high score. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope to be able to re-host you next time. He is right about fussiness, but unfortunately, being a structure from the 1930s, it is under protection and impossible to renovate in the stairs. As for the fridge, our mistake in not having reported that it was in the closet, forgive us and next time we will also find it with a bottle of wine from our area.
Good summer
 

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