16 Sights in Ferrara, Italy (with Map and Images)

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Here you can find interesting sights in Ferrara, Italy. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 16 sights are available in Ferrara, Italy.

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1. Monastero del Corpus Domini

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The Corpus Domini Monastery is a monastery at 4 via Pergolato in Ferrara. It first was founded as a house of penitent women, and became a Poor Clares Observant Franciscan convent in 1431. It was the home of Caterina Vigri from 1431-1456. She served as the mistress of novices, teaching about 100 women to become pious nuns. She was also an artist who illuminated her own breviary and is said to have decorated the walls of the convent with images of the Christ Child. These were lost or destroyed in a fire in 1667. The public church was redecorated in the late-Baroque period. On its high altar is Communion of the Apostles by Giambettino Cignaroli (1768), whilst the church's ceiling fresco Glory of Saint Catherina Vegri is by Giuseppe Ghedini (1770–1773). The house is still a monastery; a community of Franciscan nuns, called Poor Clares after S. Clare their founder and companion to S. Francis. One of their abbesses was the daughter of Lucrezia Borgia, Leonara d'Este. She is now recognised as one of the earliest writers of polyphonic choral music for women.

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2. Pinacoteca Nazionale

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The Pinacotecta Nazionale is an art gallery in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It is located on the piano nobile of the Palazzo dei Diamanti, a work of Renaissance architecture by Biagio Rossetti, commissioned by Leonello d’Este in 1447. Not to be confused with the Civic Museum on the lower floor, which has hosted temporary exhibitions of contemporary art since 1992, the Pinacoteca houses a collection of paintings by the Ferrarese School dating from the thirteenth to the eighteenth centuries. It was founded in 1836 by the Municipality of Ferrara after Napoleon's widespread dissolution of churches threatened the protection of important public artworks. The gallery is formed as much around notable northern Italian painters as it is around the exquisite interior decoration of the palace itself, together with remnants of frescoes from local churches and later acquisitions from the Sacrati Strozzi collection.

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3. Teatro Comunale Claudio Abbado

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Teatro Comunale Claudio Abbado Sien / Public domain

The Teatro Comunale in Ferrara is an opera house, located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, and built between 1786 and 1797 with seating for 990. Privately owned theatres with limited seating capacity had existed in the city for many years, but the arrival of Cardinal Spinelli, the new papal envoy, in 1786 spurred the construction of a new public theatre under the architects Cosimo Morelli and Antonio Foschini. However, their disagreements led to conflicting design concepts regarding the elliptical shape of the auditorium which were resolved through compromise. The theatre was finally ready for its inaugural presentation of Portogallo’s Gli Orazi e i Curiazi on 2 September 1798.

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4. Palazzo Schifanoia

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Palazzo Schifanoia is a Renaissance palace in Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna (Italy) built for the Este family. The name "Schifanoia" is thought to originate from "schivar la noia" meaning literally to "escape from boredom" which describes accurately the original intention of the palazzo and the other villas in close proximity where the Este court relaxed. The highlights of its decorations are the allegorical frescoes with details in tempera by or after Francesco del Cossa and Cosmè Tura, executed ca 1469–70, a unique survival of their time.

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5. Palazzo Prosperi-Sacrati

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Palazzo Prosperi-Sacrati is a Renaissance-style palace located on Corso Ercole I d'Este in Ferrara, region of Emilia Romagna, Italy. The palace with its protruding marble portal and balcony, and with a corner balcony and pilaster on the corner with Corso Biagio Rossetti, was designed and built in 1493-1498 by Biagio Rossetti as part of the Addizione Erculea. It is flanked on the ground floor by marble pilasters. It is across the Corso Rossetti from the lateral facade of the Palazzo dei Diamanti.

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6. MEIS - Museo nazionale dell’Ebraismo Italiano e della Shoah

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The Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah (MEIS) is a public history museum in Ferrara, Italy. It opened in 2017, and traces the history of the Jewish people in Italy starting from the Roman empire through the Holocaust of the 20th century. Chartered by the Italian government in 2003, MEIS contains over 200 artifacts and exhibits that proceed chronologically through the periods of Jewish history in Italy. The museum is continuing to expand through the year 2021.

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7. Cimitero della Certosa

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Cimitero della Certosa Pramzan / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Ferrara Charterhouse, of which the present Church of San Cristoforo alla Certosa was previously the monastic church, is a former charterhouse or Carthusian monastery built in Renaissance style, located on Piazza Borso 50 in Ferrara, Region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy. The monastery was suppressed in the time of Napoleon, but the church was reconsecrated in 1813 and remains in use. The site also accommodates a large municipal cemetery, which was established in 1813.

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8. Palazzina di Marfisa D'Este

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The Palazzina Marfisa d'Este is a Renaissance-style small palace, once suburban, and sometimes referred to as a villa, located on Corso Giovecca #170, just east of Central Ferrara, region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy. It was constructed in 1559 by the peripatetic Francesco d'Este, and inherited by his daughter, Marfisa in 1578.

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9. Cattedrale di San Giorgio Martire

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Cattedrale di San Giorgio Martire No machine-readable author provided. Herbert Ortner assumed (based on copyright claims). / CC BY 2.5

Ferrara Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral and minor basilica in Ferrara, Northern Italy. Dedicated to Saint George, the patron saint of the city, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Ferrara and the largest religious building in the city.

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10. Monumento a Ludovico Ariosto

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Monumento a Ludovico Ariosto Daderot. / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Piazza Ariostea, in ancient times Piazza Nuova and for a short period also Piazza Napoleone, is an important square of Ferrara wanted by Ercole I d'Este and built with the urban planning project of the architect of Corte Biagio Rossetti.

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11. Chiesa di San Domenico

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Chiesa di San Domenico Sien / Public domain

Santa Domenico Church in Ferrara is located at 10 Sacramento Square. The church was unable to function because of the 2012 Emilia earthquake. On May 3, 2018, the roof partially collapsed, but fortunately no one was injured.

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12. Chiesa di San Paolo

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Chiesa di San Paolo GiòBatta / Public domain

The Church of San Paolo in Ferrara is located on corso Porta Reno 60, a few blocks south of the Ferrara Cathedral, facing piazzetta Alberto Schiatti. It is considered the pantheon for famous citizens of the city.

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13. Museo d'arte moderna e contemporanea Filippo de Pisis

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The Filippo de Pisis Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is located on the ground floor of Palazzo Massari in Ferrara. Due to the earthquake in Emilia in 2012 Palazzo Massari is closed for restoration work.

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14. Museo della cattedrale

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The Museum of the Cathedral of Ferrara is located in the former church of San Romano in via San Romano, a few steps from the Cathedral of San Giorgio. It collects some masterpieces from the cathedral itself.

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15. Palazzo Bonacossi

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Palazzo Bonacossi Sien / Public domain

The Palazzo Bonacossi is a Renaissance architecture palace located on Via Cisterna del Follo #5 in Ferrara, Italy. The 15th-century palace is the home of the Musei Civici di Arte Antica e Museo Riminaldi.

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16. Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Servi

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Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Servi GiòBatta / Public domain

The church of Santa Maria dei Servi is a church of Ferrara located in via Cosmè Tura corner via Contrada della Rosa, belonging to the architectural complex of the former convent of the Orsoline Sisters.

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