Italy Travel Notes presents: Giovanni Tosti
The usual trip to Italy proposes the celebrated cities of Venice, Florence or Rome.
You will be often lodged in an international hotel, usually very expensive, and you will probably get an aseptic reception and a low quality price ratio. You will be quite lost in a large city area with a heavy traffic and you will share your visits to monuments and museums with mass tourism.
Sometimes it happens that small is better. You can plan instead to visit Ferrara, a small medieval and renaissance city of Emilia Romagna, in the north of Italy.
It has been recently declared a Unesco world heritage site, because of its magnificently conserved ancient urbanistic structure, superb monuments and artistic treasures and the rich and varied surrounding territory.
In Ferrara and its countryside you can plan your stay in a little hotel, a guesthouse, a bed & breakfast or a farmhouse where you will find a quite cheap accommodation and a warm welcome.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: By Denise Hummel
When North American travelers think of historic Italian cities, they often think of Florence, Rome, and Venice. But for those who know the real Italy, there are other incalculable riches. One such treasure is the town of Ferrara, protected by UNESCO on the World Cultural Heritage list as a priceless example of a living, breathing work of Renaissance art. A vast portion of the town survives from the middle ages and in the off-season, before the arrival of eager tourists, a quiet morning walk in the pedestrian center along the cobble-stoned streets and brick and stone palazzos will bring you back hundreds of years to a less complicated existence.
Our hotel, aptly named, the “Ferrara,”(39)-0532-20.50.48, is in the historical center in the main piazza overlooking the Castello Estense an imposing 14th century castle and the symbol of power and refinement of Ferrara’s historical presence. There could be no better base for a visit of the town. In addition to enjoying our comfortable room, robe, slippers, and breakfast buffet, we were able to borrow the complimentary hotel bicycles to join the ranks of towns people who generally use the bicycle to get around. We used the opportunity to “ride the wall.” Ferrara is surrounded by a fortification “wall” which is now used as a strolling, jogging, and bicycle path where eleven kilometers of exercise can be enjoyed while looking down upon the sights of the town.
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