Lying in the middle of the Po Valley, Ferrara presents itself with the intact atmosphere of its past, harmoniously married to that of its lively present, surrounded by walls.

The winding medieval streets, miraculously intact, where the sun barely penetrates, follow the course of a now disappeared river. At Palazzo Schifanoia the splendor of the past still looks at us from the top of the magnificent ceilings and frescoes of the Sala dei Months, where the greatness of Duke Borso is celebrated in the largest and most refined calendar that art has left us.

A historic center, a World Heritage Site

The center is the privileged place for meetings, animation, entertainment, dominated by the buildings of power: the Cathedral, whose Romanesque and Gothic fa├žade is like a great story at the center of which the Universal Judgment is read, and the Estense Castle, that brings together the pomp of the salons with the dark memories tinged with blood.

The most famous image is certainly that of its great Renaissance, the era of the splendor of the Estense court, which has left indelible marks everywhere: in the colossal project of the Addizione Erculea, in the impressive pictorial cycles of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and in the Last Judgment of the Bastianino.

Since 1995 the historic center of Ferrara has been included by UNESCO in the list of World Heritage Sites as an admirable example of a city designed in the Renaissance which preserves its historic center intact. The canons of urban planning that were expressed there had a profound influence on the development of urban planning in the following centuries.