Ferrara is a city in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Situated 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Bologna and 2 to 3 hours away by train from Florence or Venice, its historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ferrara is not on the typical foreign tourist’s itinerary, which makes it perfect for the travelers looking for something less common than Venice, Florence and Rome. Extremely picturesque and mainly built by Renaissance’s all-powerful Este family, Ferrara is a great addition to your list of must-visit cities of the world.
This is one of Italy’s greenest cities, full of medieval castles, parks and churches (such as the magnificent Castello Estense and the 12th-century Duomo), where almost every museum and tourist attraction is housed in a luxurious palace.