If cycling is your passion, Ferrara is your ideal destination: the city is crossed by cycle paths to allow travelling even the urban stretches without danger.
To promote this philosophy, Student's Hostel Estense is a true Bike Lovers Hostel serving the needs of individuals bicyclists or groups of lovers of this wonderful lifestyle.
Student's Hostel Estense is equipped with:
Cycling routes pass through a region where the fascinating charm of unspoiled nature meets the one of small villages and towns more or less known, but all rich in history, culture and traditions.
Water is the eternal protagonist of Ferrara' history, friend and enemy of the people who've lived here for centuries in contact with sea, rivers and swamps. After a centuries-old feud between the water advance and the dogged work of reclamation, the land has emerged and has been turned into fields, intersected by ditches, rivers and canals. Land and water today are the basic elements from which Ferrara and its land draw its own identity and together they create a unique and suggestive landscape.
Ferrara's City Walls
Nine kilometers of walls surround Ferrara almost entirely, in one of the the most comprehensive and various circuits of our country.
Representing all the significant periods in the Italian military architecture, they are surrounded by green green-lined earthworks.
Studied by Michelangelo, as an example of the highest military art, the red brick curtain walls testify to the past of Ferrara and have now become a big garden that complements and expands many other smaller inside and therefore the city. Therefore, following the fortification you can admire a wonderful blend of nature beauty and military art. On the top or at the base of the walls, paths are comfortable and equipped and allow you to walk among the red rocks and the green of the local species, such as lime, sycamore, horse chestnut, oak, acacia punctuated by yew hedges, ivy and boxwood.This route joins the urban cycle path "Destra Po" across a line that starting from the urban park "Giorgio Bassani" crosses a stretch of unspoilt countryside on the outskirts of the city.
Route Ferrara/Cento - 42 km approx.
From the Estense Castle, along Via Bologna, via Putinati and Borgo San Luca you forward in a countryside rich and intensely cultivated, where once the swamp reigned . At Torre Fossa, old site of a fortification guarding the waterway (now disappeared) turn toward San Martino. Here, past the elegant eighteenth-century church, come to a fork, turn right and crossed State Road 255 to continue to Navigating away. On the right side, the thirteenth-century tower dell'Uccellino, guarding the ancient border between Ferrara and Bologna is still visible, among orchards and farmhouses. Turn right onto the Via Imperiale, almost a straight road that follows the boundary established at the beginning of '500 by an agreement between the Senate of Bologna and Duke Ercole I d'Este, and you will soon reach Poggio Renatico.
The main square is dominated by the neo-Gothic church of San Michele, built in 1907. Nearby is the Lambertini's Castle (XV - XVII), which formerly belonged to the local feudal lords and now is the City Hall.
In the direction San Carlo, you go through a countryside dotted with farmhouses "bolognese", a square with arcades barns.
On the left, a few hundred meters from the road, you can see the green wall of the Rhine. Trails a few miles, turn left onto Chiesa Nuova and then right towards Sant'Agostino. Those who wish, may continue for a few hundred meters up the embankment of the river, from which on the one hand you can admire a neatly cultivated countryside and on the other riverside areas rich in forests. The embankment, not being equipped for track cycling, may have some small problems, so this variant is recommended for those who have the right equipment.
Route Ferrara/Argenta and Campotto d'Argenta - 50 km approx
From the Estense Castle go along Corso Porta Reno to Porta Paola, we continue along Via Bologna and, after the bridge on the Po named Volano, turn left on Via Borgo Putinati to San Luca, in the direction of Torre Fossa.
On the far outskirts of the city is the Shrine of St. Luca in the Baroque style, inside it is an ancient crucifix believed miraculous by tradition.
The road then curves along the ancient course of the Po Primaro through places whose names are derived from their riverside, as Torre Fossa and Fossanova.
Near the village of Sant'Egidio is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Poggetto, a modest and graceful building which houses a venerated image of the Madonna.
Many stately homes of a certain value along the path until you Marrara, where you will visit the imposing parish church, from nicely painted. Several fine mansions lining the path up to Marrara, where you can visit the impressive parish church the interiors are nicely painted.
After crossing the near center of S. Nicola, where at a wide curve is the seventeenth-century Villa Pasi-Casazza, go to Santa Maria Codifiume and along the Po Primaro.
Beyond the village of Bova turn right at the intersection and then immediately left to reach, after about 5 km, the river Rhine.
This watercourse is mainly a torrent, which for centuries was the cause of terrible floods due to its lead in the plains without an outlet to the sea,but nowadays it reaches the Adriatic by the ancient riverbed Po di Primaro.
On the bank of the river, is located a Golf Club with a six-hole course among low dunes, bushes and clumps of trees.
After covering the road embankment for about 5 miles, take the paved road to Consandolo and Boccaleone, after which you reach Argenta, a town of probably Roman origins, passed in the Middle Ages from the domain of the Archbishops of Ravenna to that of the Este family. Here were born Filippo Jacopo d'Argenta, miniaturist who worked on the decoration of the fabulous Bible of Borso d'Este, and Giovan Battista Aleotti, architect and engineer at the Este court.Argenta suffered significant damage during the 2nd World War and is now a flourishing, modern town. In direction Campotto , you pass the picturesque parish of St. George, the oldest in Ferrara's province (VI century) with a wonderful marble portal of 1122, which shows the months and the work in the fields.
After about 4 km, you reach the Oasis Selle Valli di Argenta and Marmorta, which extends over an area of 1,600 hectares with large mirrors of water, surrounded by forest vegetation marshlands, home to many species of animals, especially birds.
Not very far, is the Museum of the Valleys which certainly worths a visit.
Burana's Water Ring
From the heart of the city of d'Este a circular route leads into the countryside of Ferrara until Bondeno, along a safe cycle path, mostly in the shade. In Bondeno the route joins cycleway on the river Po, the "Destra Po", returning to the Castle of Ferrara.
Destra Po Path
The path named Destra Po is the extraordinary itinerary that follows the great river in the last few miles of its journey to the sea. It starts from Stellata di Bondeno, at the western edge of the Ferrara's province and comes up to Gorino Ferrarese: the path runs along the right bank of the Po river and due to its flat pace it is suitable for everyone, adults and children. Destra Po is one of the international routes of Eurovelo. Touring it is a thrilling adventure: while nature calls for a thousand pleasant sensations, every place, every town has a story to tell, and offers large and small gifts that enrich not just a holiday but ... the baggage of life.