Getting There -- Ferrara is on the main train line between Bologna and Venice, with service to and from both cities twice an hour (30–45 min. from Bologna; 1–1 1/2 hrs. from Venice). Ravenna is an hour away, with hourly departures all day. From the train station it’s an easy 20-minute walk to the Duomo, but you can also take the frequent no. 2 bus to Piazza Travaglio (1.50€; pay on board with correct change). For more information, call (tel) 0532-599-411 ( You may also rent a bike at the station and get around the way most locals do (see box).

If you have a car and are coming from Bologna, take A13 north. From Venice, take A4 southwest to Padua and continue on A13 south to Ferrara.


Visitor Information -- The helpful tourist office is inside the Castello Estense, Piazza del Castello (; (tel) 0532-299303). It’s open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 1pm and 2 to 6pm, Sunday 9:30am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm.

Special Events -- Not quite as dramatic as its counterpart in Siena, Ferrara's Palio di San Giorgio is a popular event held in the Piazza Ariostea the last Sunday of May. Two-legged creatures run first, in races for young men and young women. They are followed by donkeys and, in the main event, horses ridden bareback by jockeys representing Ferrara's eight traditional districts.

During the summer, the streets of Ferrara seem like one great theater. Some excellent jazz and classical concerts are the main events of Estate a Ferrara, an outdoor festival that begins in early July and runs until late August, when the festivities are augmented by street musicians, mimes, and orators, who partake in the Busker's Festival.

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