Ferrara, city of Renaissance named Unesco World Heritage Site, lies in the middle of the Po Valley between Emilia and Veneto, as an elegant lady of immortal charm.
Ferrara is a treasure trove of architectural gems and medieval streets where you can breathe a magical atmosphere. We are waiting for you the majesty of the Estense Castel, surrounded by a moat of water (one of the few in Europe); the stunning Cathedral; the green Square Ariostea, where the ancient Palio of Ferrara is run; the Diamanti Palace, an international exhibitions venue and the Teatro Comunale with its fine program of concerts and plays.

Student's Hostel Estense, it's the ideal spot to enjoy Ferrara, from everything you need to see is minutes away. Here are some:

  1. Estense Castle 
    Built in 1385 as a defense of the Este family, the castle retains the typical structure of a medieval fortress, while the marble balconies and roof terraces are memories of the sixteenth century, when the building was converted into the residence of the Ducal Court. The decor is a work of the Filippi's school.

  2. The Cathedral
    Dedicated to St.s George and Maurelius, patrons of the city, is an harmonic combination of Romanesque solidity and exquisite Gothic elegance
    Piazza Cattedrale, - tel. 0532 207449
  3. Teatro Comunale
    Designed by Antonio Foschini in the late eighteenth century, it's famous for its rich seasons of drama, dance, opera and concert. On request it is possible to tour the theater.
    Corso Martiri della Libertà, 5 - tel. 0523 218326
  4. Palazzo dei Diamanti
    The design of this building - famous for its unique diamond-shaped coating - is attributed to the architect Biagio Rossetti. Today, the the first floor halls are home of the National Art Gallery, while on the ground floor is the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.
    Corso Ercole I d'Este, 21 Palazzo dei Diamanti
  5. Casa Romei
    Casa Romei is a rare example of architecture between the Middle Ages and Renaissance. In the ground floor rooms are adorned with gothic decorations and a small lapidary. On the main floor, an elegant apartment of the sixteenth century contains fine decorations and antique furniture.
    Via Savonarola, 30 - tel. 0532 240341
  6. Ludovico Ariosto House
    Built by the famous Italian poet - best known as the author of the romance epic Orlando Furioso (1516) - and probably designed by Girolamo da Carpi (around 1528), the house contains a collection of documents and personal items of Ludovico Ariosto
    Via Ariosto, 67 - tel. 0532 244949
  7. Museum of the Cathedral
    Set in the Church of San Romano is made up of objects that belonged to the Cathedral, including the organ doors of Cosme Tura, the tile of the destroyed Door of Months (sculpted by Jacopo della Quercia) and some beautiful sixteenth-century tapestries.
    Via San Romano - tel. 0532 244949
  8. Sant'Antonio in Polesine Museum
    Founded in the thirteenth century by the Blessed Beatrice d'Este, presents chapels with paintings from Byzantine era, to the school of Giotto and the Renaissance.
    Via Gambone - tel. 0532 64068
  9. Synagogues and Jewish Museum
    The great building of Synagogues (German Synagogue, Temple Fanese, Italian Synagogue) houses the Jewish Museum and its extensive collection of documents and objects showing the Jewish traditions and the history of the Jews of Ferrara.
    Via Mazzini, 95 - tel. 0532 210228
  10. Oratory of the Annunziata
    It In this charming place are kept precious frescoes by the Ferrarese artists of the '500 telling the stories of the Holy Cross.
    Via Borgo di Sotto, 49 - tel. 0532 741009
  11. Church of St. George 
    First Cathedral of Ferrara
    in the seventh century AD, was rebuilt in the fifteenth century by Biagio Rossetti, and then rebuilt in later periods.
    Piazzale San Giorgio, 29 - tel. 0532 62231
  12. City Museum of Natural History
    The museum is structured into sections of Zoology, Paleontology and Mineralogy, as well as hosting interesting paleontological and ethnographical finds. The zoological section also owns an large polar bear, a boomer, some huge bats fungivores and two wonderful specimens of male red deer.
    Via De Pisis, 24 - tel. 0532 244949
  13. Via delle Volte - Street of Vaults
    In Via delle Volte the in-depth development was architecturally resolved with the creation of air passages - the current faces dotting the street - to connect the stores, on the bank of the river to the historic homes toward the center.
  14. Church of St. Christopher at the Certosa 
    Built in the fifteenth century, the great monastery was later expanded by the construction of the church of S. Cristoforo, attributed to Biagio Rossetti. Since the nineteenth century, the complex became the Monumental Cemetery of the city
    Via Borso d'Este, 50 - tel. 0532 205619
  15. Apartment house Marfisa d'Este
    Its rooms wind their way into a sequence of sixteenth-rich ceilings and partitions antiques.
    Corso Giovecca, 170 - tel. 0532 244949
  16. Bonaccossi Palace
    Built in 1468, now it's the house of the Riminaldi Museum, exposition of works from the fine art collector Cardinal Gian Maria Riminaldi.
    Via Cisterna del follo, 5 tel. 0532 244949
  17. Costabili Palace
    The old Palace of Ludovico il Moro is now home of the City Archaeological Museum which collects the remains of the Etruscan city of Spina (VI-III century BC.)
    Via XX Settembre, 124 - tel. 0532 66299
  18. Massari Palace
    Several museums are housed in this place: the Giovanni Boldini Museum which contains paintings, stucco and furniture prezionsi. The Museum of Nineteenth Century and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
    Corso Porta Mare, 9 - tel. 0532 244949
  19. Paradiso Palace
    This Palace was built in 1391, commissioned by Alberto V d'Este equipped with a decorative plant representing court life and the events of chivalry novels.
    Via del Paradiso, 1
  20. Schifanoia Palace
    Originally used for sophisticated pastimes of the court, Schifanoia Palace houses the famous Hall of the Months - frescoes that tell of an era of luxury and high culture - and the Sala degli Stucchi, with its shiny gold ceiling.
    Via Scandiana, 23 tel. 0532 244949
  21. Town Hall 
    Its construction began in 1245 and was the residence of the Este family until the sixteenth century.
    Renovated in style treccentesco the beginning of the last century, is now the City Hall.
    Piazza Municipale, 2