Located in northern Italy, Ferrara has been inhabited since at least the early Middle Ages and is a classic Italian city with a bustling population, blessed with stunning architecture, beautiful views and friendly locals proud of their city and culture. Ferrara is the perfect destination for a dynamic holiday away from big cities like Rome, or even to stop off for a day or two while touring Italy with your rental car. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car hire in Ferrara is both easy and economical.
A great place to begin your visit in Ferrara is at Castle Estense (Castle of Saint Michele), located in the very centre of town. This massive brick structure was built starting in 1385 and features a moat and four impressive bastions. You'll want to set aside a whole day to explore the palace! The interior is stunning and you'll get swept away as you explore the Gothic rooms, kitchens, dungeons and towers. Don't miss the Ducal Chapel, which showcases examples of dazzling Renaissance art.
Don't miss your chance to visit some of the most breathtaking historical sites in all of Italy! Start with the Romanesque Ferrara Cathedral located in the centre of the city. This gorgeous basilica was built starting in the 12th century and offers an astounding collection of Baroque architecture and artwork within the museum. Then head to Palazzo dei Diamanti, which houses the National Picture Gallery. This fine palace is considered one of the best in the city, if not the region as a whole. Built between 1493 and 1503, the striking marble palace houses a large collection of paintings and art dating back from the last 500 years.
Being located in north-west Italy makes Ferrara a perfect point to set out and explore this part of the country. To the north, you can visit scenic Verona and to the south Bologna or Florence. If you are touring Italy in eastern or western directions, then Ferrara is great for stopping off before you head to Ravenna on the east coast or La Spezia to the west. Ferrara is a perfect place for sampling some local food and wine before continuing on your journey the next day!
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