Ferrara Province
Ferrara Province
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Province of Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna

Ferrara Province

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The Province of Ferrara has an area of 2,632 square kilometres and borders the provinces of Ravenna and Bologna to the south, the province of Modena to the west, the region of Veneto to the north and the Adriatic sea to the east.
Ferrara Province
Province of Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna
Ferrara is quite flat compared to the other provinces of Emilia Romagna but has some beautiful scenery including charming coastal resorts, valleys, lagoons, forests and magnificent towns and villages. It is criss-crossed by rivers and a large amount of canals from which extensive plains sweep up to gently rolling hills.

Ferrara
The capital city of the province of Ferrara, the city is 50km north east of Bologna. It is a pleasing, light city with wide streets and has recently qualified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city is enclosed by over nine kilometres of ancient walls which were contructed during the 15th and 16th centuries. These walls, along with the ones surrounding the town of Lucca, in Tuscany, are the best preserved walls in Italy.

In the very centre of the city is the grandiose Castello Estense which was constructed at the end of the 14th century. It is an imposing brick building with four monumental bastions and was the home of the Este family. The family lived in the historic City Hall (also in the centre of the city) before the castle was built.

Ferrara Province
Castello Estense
There are many early Renassance palaces in the city of Ferrara including the Palazzo dei Diamanti, which now houses the National Picture Gallery, and the Palazzo Schifanoia which has some interesting frescoes.

There are also many other beautiful Renaissance buildings in Ferrara but the best preserved of them all is the The Casa Romei. It was once the home of Giovanni Romei and his wife Polissena d'Este before being inherited by nuns of the Corpus Domini order. The nuns lived in the house, looked after it well but altered nothing which accounts for its immaculate condition today.

Nearby is the Corpus Domini Monastery containing the tombs of the House of Este and as well as other distinguished figures including Lucrezia Borgia and Eleanor of Aragon.

There is a large Jewish community in Ferrara which has been present since the middle ages and is still surviving. In the centre of the old medieval centre, very near to Castello Estense, is a Synagogue and Jewish Musuem. This area is part of the Jewish Quarter where the Jews were banished and kept away from the rest of the inhabitants of Ferrara from 1627 to 1859.

As well as the main buildings there a numerous beautiful churches, piazzas, houses gardens and a Communal theatre which are well worth visiting.

Ferrara is also a univeristy town with the excellent university having faculties of law, architecture, medicen, natural sciences and pharmacy. The university also has a library containing valuable historic manuscripts and it looks after the Ferrara Botanic Gardens which are close to the main facilities.

Every year Ferrara holds a 'Buskers Festival' which involves a parade of hundreds of the best street musicians in the world. It also holds a ten day balloon festival which is one of the largest in the Europe.

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Cento
Once a small fishing village in the marshes of the banks of the River Po, Cento is now a thriving and elegant town. There were once four 14th century gates which allowed entrance to the town but today only one, Porta Pieve, remains.

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Piazza del Guercino, Cento
There is a castle which was built in 1378 by the Bishop of Bologna. It is a large square building with square towers.

The 18th century Palazzo del Monte di Pietà now houses the Civic Gallery and the Palazzo del Governatore contains the modern art gallery 'Galleria d'arte moderna Aroldo Bonzagni'.

Just outside the town, in a south easterly direction, you can find the historic fortification of Pieve di Cento.

Codigoro
Another interesting town which was reclaimed from the marshes of the Po Delta is Codigoro. Here you will find the 9th century Abbey of Pomposa, a Venetian style Bishops Palace (1732) and an 18th century tower, 'Torre della Finanza', which was built to control the trade routes.

Comacchio
Comacchio is set over thirteen small islands in a lagoon just north of the mouth of the river Reno. These islands are all joined by bridges, the most important and impressive being 'Treponti' which was constructed in 1638. The main industry of the area is fish farming and salt ponds.

Argenta
Lying halfway between the towns of Ferrara and Ravenna, Argenta is in the agricultural flat plains lying on the wetlands of the Valli di Comacchio lagoon. Most of the wetlands today have become a wildlife sanctuary and home to the Marsh Museum which specialises in, and has many facilties for, orinthology.

Two other musuems of interest in the area are the Musuem of the Valleys of Argenta and Mueso dell Bonifica (Museum of Land Reclaimation).

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Pieve di San Giorgio, Argenta
On the right bank of the Reno river there is an interesting church, Pieve di San Giorgio, which is the oldest church in the province of Ferrara and one of the oldest in the whole of the region of Emilia Romagna. Built in 569 AD under the orders of the archibishop of Ravenna, this Paleo Christian church is no longer in its original form with much of it now two metres below ground level.

Poggio Renatico
The town was fortified by a disjointed line of towers and castles throughout the middle ages to protect it against neighbouring Ferrara which is only 12 km. away. Many of these towers still remain, namely, the Tower of the Uccellino, Tower of the Cocenno, The Tower of the Poggio,Tower of the Verga and the Clock Tower of Poggio Renatico. The Lambertini Castle remains as does the ancient Abbey of St. Michael the Archangel.

Roughly 5 km. outside the town is one of the Italian Air Force's biggest radar stations which was formerly used to monitor air traffic over Yugoslavia and southern Warsaw Pact countries.

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 22,124 km²
      Population: 4.2m
      Density: 189/km²
      Capital: Bologna

      National Parks:
      Appennino Tosco-Emiliano
      Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, Campigna
Location of Emilia-Romagna
Provinces of Emilia-Romagna
  • Comunes of Emilia-Romagna
    • Bologna

      • Anzola dell’Emilia
        Argelato
        Baricella
        Bazzano
        Bentivoglio
        Bologna
        Borgo Tossignano
        Budrio
        Calderara di Reno
        Camugnano
        Casalecchio di Reno
        Casalfiumanese
        Castel d’Aiano
        Castel del Rio
        Castel di Casio
        Castel Guelfo di Bologna
        Castel Maggiore
        Castel San Pietro Terme
        Castello d’Argile
        Castello di Serravalle
        Castenaso
        Castiglione dei Pepoli
        Crespellano
        Crevalcore
        Dozza
        Fontanelice
        Gaggio Montano
        Galliera
        Granaglione
        Granarolo dell’Emilia
        Grizzana Morandi
        Imola
        Lizzano in Belvedere
        Loiano
        Malalbergo
        Marzabotto
        Medicina
        Minerbio
        Molinella
        Monghidoro
        Monte San Pietro
        Monterenzio
        Monteveglio
        Monzuno
        Mordano
        Ozzano dell’Emilia
        Pianoro
        Pieve di Cento
        Porretta Terme
        Sala Bolognese
        San Benedetto Val di Sambro
        San Giorgio di Piano
        San Giovanni in Persiceto
        San Lazzaro di Savena
        San Pietro in Casale
        Sant’Agata Bolognese
        Sasso Marconi
        Savigno
        Vergato
        Zola Predosa

    • Ferrara
      • Argenta
        Berra
        Bondeno
        Cento
        Codigoro
        Comacchio
        Copparo
        Ferrara
        Formignana
        Goro
        Jolanda di Savoia
        Lagosanto
        Masi Torello
        Massa Fiscaglia
        Mesola
        Migliarino
        Migliaro
        Mirabello
        Ostellato
        Poggio Renatico
        Portomaggiore
        Ro
        Sant’Agostino
        Tresigallo
        Vigarano Mainarda
        Voghiera

    • Forlì-Cesena
      • Bagno di Romagna
        Bertinoro
        Borghi
        Castrocaro Terme e Terra del Sole
        Cesena
        Cesenatico
        Civitella di Romagna
        Dovadola
        Forlì
        Forlimpopoli
        Galeata
        Gambettola
        Gatteo
        Longiano
        Meldola
        Mercato Saraceno
        Modigliana
        Montiano
        Portico e San Benedetto
        Predappio
        Premilcuore
        Rocca San Casciano
        Roncofreddo
        San Mauro Pascoli
        Santa Sofia
        Sarsina
        Savignano sul Rubicone
        Sogliano al Rubicone
        Tredozio
        Verghereto

    • Modena
      • Bastiglia
        Bomporto
        Campogalliano
        Camposanto
        Carpi
        Castelfranco Emilia
        Castelnuovo Rangone
        Castelvetro di Modena
        Cavezzo
        Concordia sulla Secchia
        Fanano
        Finale Emilia
        Fiorano Modenese
        Fiumalbo
        Formigine
        Frassinoro
        Guiglia
        Lama Mocogno
        Maranello
        Marano sul Panaro
        Medolla
        Mirandola
        Modena
        Montecreto
        Montefiorino
        Montese
        Nonantola
        Novi di Modena
        Palagano
        Pavullo nel Frignano
        Pievepelago
        Polinago
        Prignano sulla Secchia
        Ravarino
        Riolunato
        San Cesario sul Panaro
        San Felice sul Panaro
        San Possidonio
        San Prospero
        Sassuolo
        Savignano sul Panaro
        Serramazzoni
        Sestola
        Soliera
        Spilamberto
        Vignola
        Zocca

    • Parma
      • Albareto
        Bardi
        Bedonia
        Berceto
        Bore
        Borgo Val di Taro
        Busseto
        Calestano
        Collecchio
        Colorno
        Compiano
        Corniglio
        Felino
        Fidenza
        Fontanellato
        Fontevivo
        Fornovo di Taro
        Langhirano
        Lesignano de’ Bagni
        Medesano
        Mezzani
        Monchio delle Corti
        Montechiarugolo
        Neviano degli Arduini
        Noceto
        Palanzano
        Parma
        Pellegrino Parmense
        Polesine Parmense
        Roccabianca
        Sala Baganza
        Salsomaggiore Terme
        San Secondo Parmense
        Sissa
        Solignano
        Soragna
        Sorbolo
        Terenzo
        Tizzano Val Parma
        Tornolo
        Torrile
        Traversetolo
        Trecasali
        Valmozzola
        Varano de’ Melegari
        Varsi
        Zibello

    • Piacenza
      • Agazzano
        Alseno
        Besenzone
        Bettola
        Bobbio
        Borgonovo Val Tidone
        Cadeo
        Calendasco
        Caminata
        Caorso
        Carpaneto Piacentino
        Castel San Giovanni
        Castell’Arquato
        Castelvetro Piacentino
        Cerignale
        Coli
        Corte Brugnatella
        Cortemaggiore
        Farini
        Ferriere
        Fiorenzuola d’Arda
        Gazzola
        Gossolengo
        Gragnano Trebbiense
        Gropparello
        Lugagnano Val D’Arda
        Monticelli d’Ongina
        Morfasso
        Nibbiano
        Ottone
        Pecorara
        Piacenza
        Pianello Val Tidone
        Piozzano
        Podenzano
        Ponte dell’Olio
        Pontenure
        Rivergaro
        Rottofreno
        San Giorgio Piacentino
        San Pietro in Cerro
        Sarmato
        Travo
        Vernasca
        Vigolzone
        Villanova sull’Arda
        Zerba
        Ziano Piacentino

    • Ravenna
      • Alfonsine
        Bagnacavallo
        Bagnara di Romagna
        Brisighella
        Casola Valsenio
        Castel Bolognese
        Cervia
        Conselice
        Cotignola
        Faenza
        Fusignano
        Lugo
        Massa Lombarda
        Ravenna
        Riolo Terme
        Russi
        Sant’Agata sul Santerno
        Solarolo

    • Reggio Emilia
      • Albinea
        Bagnolo in Piano
        Baiso
        Bibbiano
        Boretto
        Brescello
        Busana
        Cadelbosco di Sopra
        Campagnola Emilia
        Campegine
        Canossa
        Carpineti
        Casalgrande
        Casina
        Castellarano
        Castelnovo di Sotto
        Castelnovo ne’ Monti
        Cavriago
        Collagna
        Correggio
        Fabbrico
        Gattatico
        Gualtieri
        Guastalla
        Ligonchio
        Luzzara
        Montecchio Emilia
        Novellara
        Poviglio
        Quattro Castella
        Ramiseto
        Reggio Emilia
        Reggiolo
        Rio Saliceto
        Rolo
        Rubiera
        San Martino in Rio
        San Polo d’Enza
        Sant’Ilario d’Enza
        Scandiano
        Toano
        Vetto
        Vezzano sul Crostolo
        Viano
        Villa Minozzo

    • Rimini
      • Bellaria-Igea Marina
        Casteldelci
        Cattolica
        Coriano
        Gemmano
        Maiolo
        Misano Adriatico
        Mondaino
        Monte Colombo
        Montefiore Conca
        Montegridolfo
        Montescudo
        Morciano di Romagna
        Novafeltria
        Pennabilli
        Poggio Berni
        Riccione
        Rimini
        Saludecio
        San Clemente
        San Giovanni in Marignano
        San Leo
        Sant’Agata Feltria
        Santarcangelo di Romagna
        Talamello
        Torriana
        Verucchio
Hotels in Emilia-Romagna
Emilia-RomagnaWEATHER
Emilia-Romagna Climate (Bologna)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 5 -2 3 43
Feb 8 1 3 45
Mar 13 4 5 60
Apr 18 8 6 67
May 23 12 7 65
Jun 27 16 9 53
Jul 30 18 9 43
Aug 29 18 8 58
Sep 25 15 7 61
Oct 19 10 5 72
Nov 11 4 3 81
Dec 6 0 2 61
Table Key:
High - Average monthly high temperatures
Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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