Medieval and Renaissance History Architecture and Culinary Traditions
Ferrara has one of the best preserved medieval historic centers in Europe and was declared a Unesco Patrimony in 1995; a classic Italian Renaissance town characterized by its walls, alleys, gothic churches, the Jewish Ghetto and Synagogues.
The Este Dynasty ruled this city for 350 years contributing the Castle, theErculean Addition, the urban expansion created in 1492 by the enlargement of the walled city limits celebrated as an example of renaissance urban planning, and many works of art, paintings and letters. The Estensi cultural contributions began in 1391 with the founding of the university that led to visits to Ferrara by humanists, scientists and artists including Piero della Francesca, Tiziano, Mantegna, Copernicus, Pico della Mirandola, Pietro Bembo, Ariosto and Tasso.
The Estense Castle dates back to 1385 and was home to the Estense militias and the local nobility
The Ferraresi preferred mode of transport is the bicycle and the local culinary specialties range from the coppia ferrarese bread to pasticcio di maccheroni, a dish that dates back to the time of Lucrezia Borgia, salama da sugo and cappellacci di zucca.