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4 - Ferrara. The Renaissance City

In 1492 Duke Ercole I, driven by considerations of economics, politics, defence and prestige, decided to expand the capital of his realm, taking within the walls the vast zone north of the castle.
4 - Ferrara. The Renaissance City

The project, to be realised with a surprising modernity, was entrusted to Biagio Rossetti, one of the most original architects and planners of the Italian Renaissance, and it became known as the “Addizione Erculea”.
From the castle there is the view down the grandiose Corso Ercole I d’Este, main axis of the Addizione; halfway along it stands the Palazzo dei Diamanti, so called because of the over 8000 stones shaped like pyramids or diamonds covering its two facades.
The complex of Palazzo Massari, with its magnificent garden adjoining, houses important collections of art, among which are the museums named after Giovanni Boldini and Filippo de Pisis; nearby is broad Piazza Ariostea, with a statue of the poet Ludovico Ariosto. The route then visits the church of San Cristoforo in the former Carthusian Monastery with its unmistakeable massive bulk embraced by porticos, and its interior with precious furnishings and paintings which represent its historic and spiritual memory. At the end of the journey there is the simple house of Ludovico Ariosto.

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Travel time and technical features

Length: 4.720 km
Difficulty: level route along city streets, cycle paths and restricted traffic zones
Recommended period: all year

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