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Piazza Cattedrale, Ferrara Italy
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Ferrara Bike Tour

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One of the jewels of the Emilia-Romagna region, the UNESCO-listed city of Ferrara is famous for its lavish architecture. Get up close and personal with the city and its sights on an immersive bike tour. Explore the banks of the River Po, see the moated Castello Estense, discover the Ferrara Cathedral, and learn about the ruling Este dynasty, who made Ferrara a major capital of Renaissance Europe.
$48.69 per adult
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Dec 2019
United Kingdom4059 contributions8083 helpful votes
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This is the central piazza and is a paved, largely pedestrian zone so it is absolutely delightful to walk or cycle around. The main features are: • The Cathedral which normally takes centre-stage, was undergoing restoration when we were there in May and was under wraps so you couldn’t see anything of it from the front. The restoration work is expected to take a couple of years. • Opposite the cathedral is the Palazzo Municipale, which is also impressive. The large tower and crenelated roofline make it look much like a small castle. Built in 1245, it was originally the ducal residence of the powerful ruling Este family until they moved down the road to the castle in the 16th century. Apparently there is an elevated passageway linking the palazzo to the castle although I couldn't spot anything. The figure on horseback above the large archway is Niccolo III D’Este, looking very regal. His son Borso is just to the left, seated on top of the column. The archway leads through to the courtyard which you can wander around. • Along the side of the Cathedral, look out for the Merchants’ Loggia, a row of shops under ancient (and it has to be said somewhat wonky looking) wooden porticoes. Built right into the side of the cathedral, the shops have been here since medieval times. • From this side you can also see the pretty pink and white striped campanile tower • On weekends they often have a market here. We were there on a Saturday and there was a reasonably large market along the side of the cathedral with ceramics, trinket jewellery, souvenirs etc
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Asiyah Noemi K wrote a review Dec 2019
Pula, Croatia4419 contributions37770 helpful votes
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Piazza Cattedrale is probably the most recognizable place in Ferrara alongside Estense Castle. The reason is that this beautiful square is located between the beautiful Cathedral building ( a gem of Romanesque and Gothic architecture ) and the Palazzo Municipale. The atmosphere is always beautiful and breathtaking with its monumentality. The breath of history can be felt at every turn. The Este family ruled Ferrara from 1208 to 1598, constructing many of the monuments we see today. Under the Estes, Ferrara became a center of the arts. Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, and Petrarch, among others, spent time under their patronage. Today the piazza is the center of activity with all cllasic shops and restaurants.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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john b wrote a review Oct 2019
Valparaiso, Indiana771 contributions347 helpful votes
On the side of the Church...added 200 years later? During Fridays and Sat. they set up sellers in the Piazza...wonderful to walk around, mainly food here. Other Piazza's have clothing, jewelry and other hand made items and art. We sat at a bar across from this and had spritz's the two days we were there. Spritz's are a big deal in this part of the country ( maybe everywhere?). Campari or Aperol...with fizz and a slice of orange...Great. Relax and watch the wold go by. We loved Ferrara. Very laid back, beautiful old Buildings, great food and Wonderful people.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Diane K wrote a review Jun 2019
Venice, Florida3490 contributions851 helpful votes
We walked through the piazza every day during our three day stay in Ferrara. The cathedral itself is still in progress of being restored from the earthquake.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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manswa wrote a review Jun 2019
Stockport, United Kingdom3975 contributions626 helpful votes
Beautiful piazza with superb architecture, dominated by the cathedral,which is currently under restoration having been badly damaged in an earthquake in 2012. However, the piazza still has much to offer with its many shops and is a lovely place to sit, enjoy a drink, and watch the world go by.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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