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Ferrara art tours, guided visits and gastronomic itineraries. City of the Renaissance.

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Ferrara a truly unique town.

Ferrara is probably the first modern city in western Europe. Ercole d'Este duke of Ferrara planned the city with its impressive castle and large streets originating from the center of this fortress. A truly renaissance city and masterpiece of urban planning with it is long fortifies walls and a inner urban vegetable and flower garden. Many palazzo rise from the sides its large boulevards. Museums, Romanesque style churches are awaiting for you in this UNESCO town.

If you are planning to visit Bologna and Emilia Romagna, Ferrara is an unmissbale hidden gem of this part of Italy. Named the City of Bicycle beacuse already in 1960 its inhabitant banned cars from the center because they would ruin the view of this beautiful city.

Wine food tours in Ferrara

Ferrara is not just about architecture and art. As all other respectable Emilia Romagna towns, Ferrara has its fair share of gastronomic heritage and superb wines are to be found in the Po' river area.

Bosco Eliceo DOC wines.

Good wines are difficult to be made in the low lands. But here in the Ferrara province they managed the produce some delicious DOC wines such as the Fortana (uva d'oro) introduced in the duchy by the French. A particular grape that adapt well in the sandy soils near the Po' river.

International wines such as Sauvignon and Merlot have been introduced much recently but with great success always under the strict control of the Bosco Eliceo consortium which safeguard quality and standard.

Ferrara bread - Coppia Ferrarese

Ferrara bakers make bread like no others. Really artistically styled bread with long twisted horns are difficult to describe. It is art, food heritage and gourmet all represented in one of the most basic food on earth: bread. Coppia Ferrarese is of protected origin (DOP) by the Italian government and it is produced by only 330 family run bakeries in the Ferrara province.


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Article by Gabriele Monti