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Thanks to the special location of Locanda delle Agucchie, you should visit most of the beauty that the city of Ferrara will present you.
Ferrara is one of the major cities of Italian Renaissance, the most important monuments and buildings to see in Ferrara are the Estense Castle, the Cathedral (or Duomo), the Palazzo dei Diamanti, the Door and the Walls of the Angels, the Temple of San Cristoforo the Certosa, Piazza Ariostea, Corso Ercole 1 ° d ‘Este, the Teatro Comunale, the Palazzo Schifanoia and many other, successively we list some of the things not to be missed in your visit to Ferrara
Visit to the “Estensi Castle : ancient fortress than residence of the Estensi family until 1598, when the city passed under the rule of the Papacy. It’s worth visiting the courtyard, the dungeons with some historical prisons: the one of Giulio D’Este and those of Ugo Parisina. On the first floor, you can’t miss the “Orange Tree Roof Garden”, the Ducal Chapel and recently restored halls with frescoes by Bastianino ands other late Renaissance painters. Remember to have a look also to “Hall of Government”, with its wonderful 16th century painted ceiling.
Visit to the Cathedral : maximum medieval monument of the city, dates from in 1135 when it was consecrated to St. George. Its facade is in Romanesque style in the lower, more ancient pan, and gothic in the upper part. Nicholas, a great master of the Romanesque sculpture, is the author or the “Saint George” and the “Scenes from the New Testament” above the main portal. The prothvrum dates from the l3th century. In the small loggia stands a “Madonna with Child” (1427) by Cristoforo da Firenze. Above the loggia you can see a “Last judgement” sculpted by an unknown artist: the Damned on the right side and the Blessed on the left side are going towards the side arches, were the Hell (the devils with a big pot) and the Paradise (Abraham sitting) are represented. In the upper part of the prothyrurn Angels, Saint John and the Virgin Mary surround Christ. The Cathedral apse is a work by Biagio Rossetti (1498), while Leon Battista Alberti, hut it remained uncompleted, began the hell-tower in 1412 on a plan. (fine ‘400)
Corso Ercole I d’ Este : covering it can be enjoyed the vision of the Renaissance city intentional from duke “Ercole I D’Este” and realized from Biagio Rossetti, the greatest architect and city planner of Ferrara. The wide and rectilinear road on which harmonious palaces are aligned spaces out you from garden leads to the Crossroads, name assigned to the crossing with the run axis Door “Corso Porta Mare- Corso Biagio Rossetti”.
Visit to the Ancient Walls: during the day by walk or bike following the predisposed routes. Very evocative sight during summery period nights, to the dawn or the sunset in spring, wrapped in the fog in winter. The visit can start from “Porta Paula” (or “Porta Reno”): these walls were built under duke Borso in the 15th century, but they received their present aspect in the following century, when Alfonso II had the imposing rampart built. The area after “Porta Romana” is very green: here was once the “Garden of the Mountain”, with frescoed grottoes, aviaries, exotic plants and ponds; a fairy tale garden of which the 16th century building called “Bagni Ducali” (i.e. “Ducal Baths”) formed a part. Not far from there, in the moat, you can see the “Doccile di San Tommaso”, a sort of canal built to convey the city’s wastewater outside the walls. Low semicircular keeps can be seen all along the walls and, between the embankment and the walls themselves, a passage for the soldiers, who could move from one place to another being safe from the enemy’s fire.
City Theatre : Ferrara Musica: In a highly evocative l5th century setting, every year the City Theatre of Ferrara demonstrates, through a rich programme of over one hundred performances to be one of the liveliest reference points for the city’s cultural life. The programmes range from dance to drama, from music to children’s theatre, from classical repertoire to be most innovative tendencies of performing arts. Ferrara Musica organizes a busy concert season and is the Italian referent of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which performs every year two series of concerts in Ferrara. Ferrara Musica hosts internationally renowned orchestras, together with directors and soloists such as Daniel Harding, Riccardo Chailly, Filippe Herreweghe, Marc Minkowski, Maurizio Pollini, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Radu Lupu, Alexander Lonquich, Simon Keenlyside, Waltraud Meier; Giuliano Carmignola. Claudio Abbado is the Honorary President of the Association and every year he directs some concerts in the City Theatre. Jazz Club Ferrara organizes performances and festivals in which talented artists both Italian and international, take part. Don’t miss “Ferrara in Jazz”: a one year long festival, every Thursday and Saturday night in the recently restored “Torrione di San Giovanni” (i.e. St. John Tower), a round keep of the city walls.
Visit to the Pole of Civic Museums of Ancient Art: localized in the South-eastern field of the city, between Giovecca Course and “Street Scandiana”, represents the museum net of greater interest for much part of visitors; it comprises “Schifanoia Palace” (with wonderful knows frescoed them recently restored), the “Civic Lapidario Museum”, “Bonaccossi Palace” and “Mansion Marfisa d’Este.