Monday, May 12, 2014

Ferrara - An Italian Treasure

A Renaissance gem and UNESCO heritage city in the heart of the Emilia-Romagna region, Ferrara makes a great stop when traveling between Venice and Bologna or Florence. This former fortified city is a real Italian treasure combing history, beauty and romance.

Ferrara grew up on the Po River, more than 1300 years ago. But much of the real growth happened under the Este family reign.  The Este family ruled Ferrara from 1208 to 1598, constructing many of the monuments we see today. Under the Estes, Ferrara became a cultural center, renowned for music as well as for visual arts. Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, and Petrarch, among others, spent time under their patronage.


Ferrara Cathedral
Cathedral of Saint George the Martyr reflects glories of both the Romantic and Gothic styles. Construction began in the 12th century  and was consecrated in 1135. The original Romanesque facade resembles those of Modena and Parma Cathedrals.

Church of Sant'Antonio in Polesine
A Catholic monastic complex founded in the early Middle Ages by Augustinians and passed to the Benedictines in 1297 under the Blessed Beatrice of Este. Since then, the monastery has been under the patronage of the House of Este. The monastary contains fascinating frescoes from the 13th and 14th centuries.

Estense Castle
A moated medieval structure with fascinating history proves to be a fascinating example of military architecture.

The Casa Romei (Palazzo dei Diamanti)
Named for the unusual shape of the over 8,500 marble blocks on the facade, Palazzo dei Diamanti is one of the most famous Renaissance buildings in the world. The Palazzo was once a luxurious private Renaissance residence, and is now the National Art Gallery that hosts exhibits of international importance.

Museo Nazionale Archeologico
Located in the restored 16th century Palazzo Costabili, the Museo Nazionale Archeologico hosts numerous artifacts that testify to Ferrara's formidable past.

Ferrara is a true Italian treasure, blessed with history, beauty and romance. The city is a wonderful stop when traveling between Venice and Bologna or Florence. Start planning your Italy Vacation with Celtic Tours World Vacations

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