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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where our stunning imagery will transport you to the heart of Ferrara, allowing you to experience the irresistible allure and undeniable charm of this captivating destination: – Ferrara, a city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, is a gem that sits along the Po River, south of Venice and Padua. This small but beautiful city is steeped in history and culture, with its roots believed to be in the ancient Forum Alieni. Ferrara’s prominence during the Renaissance era is evident in its architecture and cityscape. The city is home to many historical landmarks, including 16th-century palazzos and well-preserved city walls. These structures serve as a testament to Ferrara’s rich past and its significance as a centre for art and culture during the 15th and 16th centuries. The city’s unique urban fabric, combined with its Renaissance design elements, makes it a clearly recognizable Renaissance city. This has led to Ferrara being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, further highlighting its cultural importance. Visitors to Ferrara will find themselves immersed in an atmosphere that blends historical grandeur with modern charm. The city’s location on the Po River adds to its allure, offering picturesque views that complement its architectural beauty. Ferrara is more than just a city; it’s a living museum of the Renaissance era. Its well-preserved structures, coupled with its rich history and cultural significance, make it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in exploring Italy’s past. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a history buff, or simply a traveller looking for a unique experience, Ferrara has something to offer.

Via Darsena is a street in Ferrara which runs from Via Bologna to Via S. Giacomo (Photos 1-2) – The Acquedotto Monumentale is a significant landmark located in Piazza XXIV Maggio, Ferrara. The aqueduct stands where the Fortezza Pontificia (Pontifical Fortress) once was. It was designed by Carlo Savonuzzi and built between 1930 and 1932. The aqueduct is 37 metres high and 58 metres wide; it can hold more than 2,500 cubic metres of water. The monumental work features a statue-fountain by Arrigo Minerbi, titled Il Po e I Suoi Affluenti (The Po and its Tributaries), perfectly aligned with the perspective created by Corso Vittorio Veneto. (Photo 3) – Piazza XXIV Maggio Ferrara is a square in the center of the Rione Giardino district of Ferrara. It was named after the date of Italy’s entry into World War I in 1915. The square features a monumental aqueduct with a fountain sculpture by Arrigo Minerbi, depicting the Po river and its tributaries. The square is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors, especially in summer. It has a small playground for children and hosts various events throughout the year. (Photos 4-5) – Via Arturo Cassoli is a street in Ferrara which runs from Corso Isonzo to Piazzale della Castellina (Photos 6-7) – Via Giuseppe Garibaldi is a lively and charming street, full of shops, cafes, restaurants (8-9) – Largo Castello is a street in Ferrara which runs from Viale Cavour to Piazza della Repubblica (Photos 10-11-12) – Estense Castle, a medieval fortress in Ferrara, was built in 1385 by the Este family, who ruled Ferrara for centuries, as a defensive structure and a residence. The castle is surrounded by a moat and has four corner towers, one of which is called the Lion’s Tower because of the stone lions that decorate it. The castle has many rooms that display the artistic and cultural heritage of the Este dynasty, such as the Giants’ Room, the Games Salon, the Chapel of Renée de France, and the ducal kitchens (Photos 13-14) – Corso Ercole I d’Este is a street in Ferrara which runs from Largo Castello to Via Orlando Furioso (Photos 15-16 – 30-31-32-33-34) – Via Borgo dei Leoni is a street in Ferrara which runs from Viale Cavour to Corso Porta Mare (Photos 17-18)

The Parco Massari is a historical park in Ferrara. It is the largest green space within the city walls, covering an area of about 4 hectares. It was designed in 1780 by the Ferrara architect Luigi Bertelli for the Marquise Camillo Bevilacqua, and later modified by the Counts Massari in the 19th century to form a park in the “English” style. The park has many centuries-old trees, such as the two cedars of Lebanon at the entrance, a yew, a ginkgo, and a gigantic oak. The park also hosts the Giardini Estensi, a series of events and exhibitions dedicated to green culture, botanical collections, and garden ecology. (Photo 19) – The Orto botanico dell’Università di Ferrara (Botanical Garden of the University of Ferrara) is a small but charming garden that showcases more than 2000 plant species from different regions and climates. The garden was established in 1771 as a place for teaching and research in botany, and it still belongs to the University of Ferrara. The garden is divided into several sections, such as the Mediterranean garden, the succulent plants, the aquatic plants, the medicinal plants, and the greenhouse. The garden also hosts some cultural and educational events, such as the “Meraviglie Botaniche” (Botanical Wonders), a journey through the botanical discoveries of Captain Cook. (Photo 20) – The Palazzo dei Diamanti is a magnificent palace in Ferrara, Italy, that is famous for its facade decorated with more than 8500 diamond-shaped marble blocks. It was built in the late 15th century by the architect Biagio Rossetti for Sigismondo d’Este, a member of the ruling family of Ferrara. The palace houses the National Picture Gallery, which displays a collection of paintings from the 13th to the 18th century, mostly by Ferrarese artists such as Cosmè Tura, Ercole de’ Roberti, Dosso Dossi, and Giovanni Boldini. (Photos 21-29)

Corso Porta Mare is a street in Ferrara which runs from Piazzale S. Giovanni to Corso Biagio Rossetti (Photos 22-23-26) – The Chiesa Di San Benedetto is a church in Ferrara, Italy, that was built in the 16th century by the architect Biagio Rossetti for the Benedictine monks. The church has a simple and elegant facade, and a bell tower that was added later in the 17th century. (Photos 24-25) – Corso Porta Po is a street in Ferrara which runs from Corso Biagio Rossetti to Largo Barriere di, Corso Porta Po (Photo 27) – Via S. Giacomo is a street in Ferrara which runs from Via Argine Ducale to Piazzale della Stazione (Photo 28) – Via Borso is a dead end street in Fano which can be found along Corso Porta Mare. Along it is the The Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa is a monumental cemetery in Ferrara, Italy, that is part of the complex of the Certosa di Ferrara, a former monastery. The cemetery was established in 1813, after the Napoleonic suppression of religious orders, and it contains many artistic and historical tombs of notable Ferrarese people, such as writers, artists, politicians, and scientists1. The cemetery is also a museum of funerary art and culture, with sculptures, paintings, and architecture from different periods and styles. (Photos 35-37-38-39-40-41-42-43-44) – The Chiesa di San Cristoforo alla Certosa is a church in Ferrara, Italy, that was part of a former Carthusian monastery. The church was built in 1498 by the architect Biagio Rossetti for the Este family, who ruled Ferrara for centuries. The church has a simple and elegant facade with a marble portal and a statue of the poet Ludovico Ariosto. The interior is grandiose, with a single nave and six lateral chapels.(Photo 36) – The Piazza Ariostea is a unique oval-shaped square in Ferrara, Italy, that was designed by the architect Biagio Rossetti in the late 15th century as part of the Addizione Erculea, a city expansion project. The square is named after the poet Ludovico Ariosto, whose statue stands on a column in the center. The square is also the venue for the Palio di Ferrara, a traditional horse race that takes place every year in May. (Photo 45)

Via Palestro is a street in Ferrara which runs from Corso Porta Mare to Corso della Giovecca (Photos 46-47) – Via Bersaglieri del Po is a street in Ferrara which runs from Via Palestroe to Via Voltapaletto (Photos 48-49-50) – Via Giuseppe Mazzini is a street in Ferrara which runs from Via Terranuova to Piazza Trento – Trieste (Photos 51-52-53-54-55) – The Piazza Trento – Trieste is a unique oval-shaped square in Ferrara, Italy, that was designed by the architect Biagio Rossetti in the late 15th century as part of the Addizione Erculea, a city expansion project. The square is named after the poet Ludovico Ariosto, whose statue stands on a column in the center. One of the most striking features of the square is the Listone, a large stone platform that resembles a huge sidewalk. It is a raised pavement typical of Venetian squares, and it is where the people of Ferrara stroll on Sunday mornings, bumping into friends and stopping for a chat. The square has a metaphysical aura, especially when it is covered by the thick Ferrara fog. (Photos 56-57-58-59) – The Piazza del Municipio is a historical square in Ferrara, that was once the courtyard of the Ducal Palace of the Este family, who ruled Ferrara for centuries. The square is hidden within the walls of the surrounding buildings, and it has a characteristic staircase that was used for theatrical performances in the Renaissance. (Photo 60) – The Piazza della Cattedrale is a historical square in Ferrara, Italy, that was once the courtyard of the Ducal Palace of the Este family, who ruled Ferrara for centuries. The square is dominated by the majestic facade of the Ferrara Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral and minor basilica dedicated to Saint George, the patron saint of the city. The cathedral is a masterpiece of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with a marble portal, a rose window, and a loggia with a Madonna and Child. The interior is grandiose, with a single nave and six lateral chapels. The Piazza della Cattedrale is a place where history, art, and culture meet. It is a perfect spot to admire the beauty and charm of Ferrara. (Photo 61) – Corso Martiri della Libertà is a street in Ferrara which runs from The Piazza della Cattedrale to Corso della Giovecca. (Photos 62-63-64)

The Historical Procession of the Palio of Ferrara is a spectacular event that recreates the atmosphere and the splendor of the Renaissance in Ferrara, Italy. It is part of the Palio of Ferrara, a competition among the eight neighborhoods of the city that dates back to 1259. The procession takes place on the last Sunday of May, before the final races of the Palio. It involves about a thousand people wearing authentic costumes of the 15th century, representing the Este family, the nobility, the clergy, the guilds, and the common people. The procession starts from the Porta degli Angeli and follows the Corso Ercole I d’Este, a historical avenue that connects the Estense Castle with the city walls. It ends at the Piazza Ariostea, where the races are held. The procession is a feast for the eyes, with colorful flags, banners, drums, trumpets, horses, and carriages. It is also a tribute to the history and culture of Ferrara, a city that was once a center of art and power in Europe. (Photos 65 to 84)

Ferrara Cusine:- Ferrara is known for its distinctive cuisine, which reflects the influence of the Este dynasty, who ruled the city from the 13th to the 16th century. Ferrara’s cuisine is characterized by the use of local ingredients, such as pumpkin, eel, salami, cheese, and flour, as well as spices and sugar imported from the East. Some of the most typical dishes of Ferrara are:- Cappellacci di zucca:- These are large ravioli stuffed with pumpkin puree, Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, and sometimes amaretti biscuits. The name cappellacci means “little hats” and refers to the shape of the pasta, which resembles the peasants’ hats worn in the past. Cappellacci di zucca are usually served with butter and sage sauce or meat ragù. – Pasticcio di maccheroni:- This is a savory pie made with layers of macaroni pasta, cheese, bechamel sauce, and meat ragù. The pie is baked in a puff pastry crust and sprinkled with sugar on top. Pasticcio di maccheroni is a festive dish that dates back to the Renaissance, when it was served at the Este court during special occasions. – Salama da sugo:- This is a cured sausage made with pork meat, wine, salt, pepper, and various spices. The salama da sugo is aged for at least a year and then boiled for several hours before serving. The sausage has a strong and spicy flavor and is typically accompanied by mashed potatoes or polenta. – Pampapato:- This is a dense and dark chocolate cake that contains nuts, candied fruits, honey, and spices. The name pampapato means “papal bread” and refers to the fact that this cake was originally made for Pope Clement VIII, who was born in Ferrara. The cake is usually glazed with chocolate and decorated with almonds.

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Photo Gallery of Walk 1 – Via Darsena to Stazione, Via S. Giacomo
Approximately 4.11 km – 2.55  miles

The walk starts in Via Darsena – Via Pola – Via Giuseppe Agnelli – Viale dei Mille – Acquedotto Monumentale, Piazza XXIV Maggio – Corso Vittorio Veneto – Via Arturo Cassoli – Via Giuseppe Garibaldi – Piazza della Repubblica – Piazzetta del Castello – Largo Castello – Castello Estense di Ferrara, Largo Castello – Piazza Torquato Tasso – Chiesa del Gesù – Via Borgo dei Leoni – Giardini Estensi, Corso Porta Mare – Orto botanico dell’Università di Ferrara, Corso Porta Mare – Palazzo dei Diamanti, Corso Ercole I d’Este – Corso Porta Mare – Chiesa Di San Benedetto, Corso Porta Po – Corso Porta Po – Viale della Costituzione – Stazione, Via S. Giacomo

Photo Gallery of Walk 2– Corso Ercole I d’Este to Corso Martiri della Libertà
Approximately 2.73 km – 1.70 miles

The walk starts in Corso Ercole I d’Este – Viale della Certosa – Via Borso – Chiesa di San Cristoforo alla Certosa, Via Borso – Via Borso – Piazza Ariostea – Via Palestro – Via Bersaglieri del Po – Via Canonica – Piazza Trento – Trieste – Via Giuseppe Mazzini – Piazza Trento – Piazza della Cattedrale – Piazza del Municipio – Corso Martiri della Libertà

Photo Gallery of The Historical Procession of the Palio of Ferrara