Classic Tours

Ferrara - Classic Tour

In 1995, Ferrara was included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO as “an outstanding planned Renaissance city which has retained its urban fabric virtually intact.”

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Groups, T.O., Individuals, Schools
up to 50 
all year long

The visit starts with a sightseeing bus tour along the Renaissance walls enclosing the city (a remarkable example of Italian fortified system with ramparts). Then, we will reach the heart of the Renaissance city to illustrate the famous “Addizione”, an urban extension named after Ercole I d’Este and designed by architect Biagio Rossetti. Here we will admire Palazzo dei Diamanti, a jewel of the 15th century Italian architecture.

Let’s walk along Corso Ercole I d’Este until Castello Estense, the true symbol of the city. It will be described as it evolved from a city fortress to a Ducal residence (outside visit).  
After that, we will step into the middle of the Medieval city, where the imposing Cathedral (a stunning example of religious architecture blending Romanesque and Gothic features) and Palazzo del Comune or City Hall (former Ducal palace) are found.
We’ll take a stroll along the narrow and evocative alleys of the Jewish ghetto (bearing witness to one of the most ancient and numerous Jewish communities in Italy), until reaching the picturesque Via delle Volte (evoking the intense trades along the ancient course of the Po river, back in the Middle Ages).


Groups, T.O., Individuals, Schools
WHEN: all year long, except on Monday

This full-day tour provides the opportunity to get a deeper knowledge of the city by adding the inside visit of Castello Estense to the half-day tour. This interesting historical-artistic itinerary winds through frescoed rooms and the history of the d’Este family dynasty. Moreover, we will admire important treasures kept in the Museum of the Cathedral such as: the well-known marble reliefs of the Months from the ancient door of the Cathedral, the Madonna of the Pomegranate by Jacopo della Quercia (15th cent.), two painted organ shutters by Cosmè Tura, the leader of the 15th century painting school in Ferrara.

As an alternative, we can reach Palazzo Schifanoia – the Estense family’s summer retreat – containing the famous Hall of the Months, decorated on the initiative of Borso d’Este in 1470 with frescoes by the great Renaissance masters of Ferrara: Francesco del Cossa and Ercole de’ Roberti.

Another option is visiting Palazzo Costabili and the National Archaeological Museum, a wonderful building also known as Palazzo di Ludovico il Moro, and a masterpiece of Ferrara’s Renaissance, home to the Archaeological Museum since 1935. Here, important and beautiful exhibits are on display, excavated from the Etruscan town of Spina, on the Adriatic sea (founded in the 6th-3rd cent. B.C.). The Treasure Room, decorated with frescoes by Garofalo and Dosso Dossi in the early 16th century, can be found on the ground floor.



Castello Estense: in 2015 the Castle will host the collections from Boldini and De Pisis museums, previously in palazzo Massari, which is now under restoration. Entrance tickets have been changed as follows: full ticket € 8.00,  reduced ticket for groups € 6.00,  reduced ticket for schools  € 3.00, children up to  11 years  €. 1.00.

Museum of the Cathedral: full ticket € 6.00, reduced ticket for groups € 3.00, free admission up to 18 years

Palazzo Schifanoia: full ticket € 3.00, reduced ticket for groups € 2.00, free admission up to 18 years

National Archaeological Museum: full ticket  € 5.00, reduced ticket € 3.00, free admission from 18 to 25 years (free admission on the first Sunday of each month).

Pinacoteca Nazionale: full ticket  € 4.00, reduced ticket from 18 to 25 years €  2.00, free admission up to 18 years (free admission on the first Sunday of each month).

For further information please call the Information and booking office for exhibitions and museum (Ufficio Informazioni e Prenotazioni Mostre e Musei): phone +39 0532 244949


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