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Ferrara
Ferrara
([ferˈraːra]  listen (help·info); Emilian: Frara) is a town and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital of the Province of Ferrara. In 2016 it had 132,009 inhabitants.[1] It is situated 44 kilometres (27 miles) northeast of Bologna, on the Po di Volano, a branch channel of the main stream of the Po River, located 5 km (3 miles) north. The town has broad streets and numerous palaces dating from the Renaissance, when it hosted the court of the House of Este. For its beauty and cultural importance, it has been designated by UNESCO
UNESCO
as a World Heritage Site.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Antiquity and Middle Ages 1.2 Early modern 1.3 Late modern and contemporary

2 Geography and climate 3 Government 4 Cityscape

4.1 Architecture 4.2 Parks and gardens

5 Demographics 6 Culture

6.1 Jewish
Jewish
community 6.2 Visual art 6.3 Literature 6.4 Religion 6.5 Music 6.6 Cinema 6.7 Festivals 6.8 Sport 6.9 Cuisine

7 International relations

7.1 Twin towns — sister cities

8 Notes 9 References 10 Bibliography 11 External links

History[edit] See also: Timeline of Ferrara Antiquity and Middle Ages[edit]

Etruscan jewellery displayed at the National Archaeological Museum of Ferrara.

The first documented settlements in the area of the present-day Province of Ferrara
Province of Ferrara
date from the 6th century BCE.[2] The ruins of the Etruscan town of Spina, established along the lagoons at the ancient mouth of Po river, were lost until modern times, when drainage schemes in the Valli di Comacchio
Valli di Comacchio
marshes in 1922 first officially revealed a necropolis with over 4,000 tombs, evidence of a population centre that in Antiquity must have played a major role.[3] There is uncertainty among scholars about the proposed Roman origin of the settlement in its current location ( Tacitus
Tacitus
and Boccaccio
Boccaccio
refer to a "Forum Alieni"[4]), for little is known of this period,[5] but some archeologic evidence points to the hypothesis that Ferrara
Ferrara
could have been originated from two small Byzantine
Byzantine
settlements: a cluster of facilities around the Cathedral of St. George, on the right bank of the main branch of the Po, which then ran much closer to the city than today, and a castrum, a fortified complex built on the left bank of the river to defend against the Lombards.[6] Ferrara
Ferrara
appears first in a document of the Lombard king Desiderius
Desiderius
of 753 AD, when he captured the town from the Exarchate of Ravenna.[7] Later the Franks, after routing the Lombards, presented Ferrara
Ferrara
to the Papacy
Papacy
in 754 or 756.[5] In 988 Ferrara
Ferrara
was ceded by the Church to the House of Canossa, but at the death of Matilda of Tuscany
Matilda of Tuscany
in 1115 it became a free commune.[6] During the 12th century the history of the town was marked by the wrestling for power between two preeminent families, the Guelph Adelardi and the Ghibelline
Ghibelline
Salinguerra; however, at this point, the powerful Imperial House of Este
House of Este
had thrown his decisive weight behind the Salinguerra and eventually reaped the benefits of victory for themselves.[6] In 1264 Obizzo II of Este was thus proclaimed lifelong ruler of Ferrara, Lord of Modena
Modena
in 1288 and of Reggio in 1289. His rule marked the end of the communal period in Ferrara
Ferrara
and the beginning of the Este rule, which lasted until 1598. Early modern[edit] Main article: Duchy of Ferrara

Portrait of a Woman by Bartolomeo Veneto, traditionally assumed to be Lucrezia Borgia.

A page from Borso d'Este
Borso d'Este
Bible.

In 1452 Borso of Este was created duke of Modena
Modena
and Reggio by Emperor Frederick III and in 1471 duke of Ferrara
Ferrara
by Pope Paul II.[8] Lionello and, especially, Ercole I were among the most important patrons of the arts in late 15th- and early 16th-century Italy. During this time, Ferrara
Ferrara
grew into an international cultural centre, renowned for its architecture, music, literature and visual arts.[9] The architecture of Ferrara
Ferrara
greatly benefited from the genius of Biagio Rossetti, who was requested in 1484 by Ercole I to draft a masterplan for the expansion of the town. The resulting "Erculean Addition" is considered one of the most important examples of Renaissance
Renaissance
urban planning[10] and contributed to the selection of Ferrara
Ferrara
as a UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site. In spite of having entered its golden age, Ferrara
Ferrara
was severely hit by a war against Venice
Venice
fought and lost in 1482-84. Alfonso I succeeded to the throne in 1505 and married the notorious Lucrezia Borgia. He again fought Venice
Venice
in the Italian Wars
Italian Wars
after joining the League of Cambrai. In 1509 he was excommunicated by Pope Julius II, but was able to overcame the Papal and Spanish armies in 1512 at the Battle of Ravenna. These successes were based on Ferrara's artillery, produced in his own foundry which was the best of its time.[11][12] At his death in 1534, Alfonso I was succeeded by his son Ercole II that in 1528 married Renée of France, the second daughter of Louis XII, thus bringing great prestige to the court of Ferrara. Under his reign, the Duchy remained an affluent country and a cultural powerhouse. However, an earthquake struck the town in 1570, causing the economy to collapse, and when Ercole II's son Alfonso II died without heirs, the House of Este
House of Este
lost Ferrara
Ferrara
to the Papal States. Late modern and contemporary[edit]

Ferrara
Ferrara
as it appeared in 1600.

Downtown Ferrara
Ferrara
around 1900.

Ferrara, a university city second only to Bologna, remained a part of the Papal States
Papal States
for almost 300 years, an era marked by a steady decline; in 1792 the population of the town numbered only 27,000, less than in the 17th century.[13] In 1805-1814 it became briefly part of the Napoleonic
Napoleonic
Kingdom of Italy, a client-state of the French Empire. After the 1815 Congress of Vienna, Ferrara
Ferrara
was given back to the Pope, now guaranteed by the Empire of Austria. A bastion fort erected in the 1600s by Pope Paul V
Pope Paul V
on the site of and old castle called "Castel Tedaldo", at the south-west angle of the town, was thus occupied by an Austrian garrison from 1832 until 1859. All of the fortress was dismantled following the birth of the Kingdom of Italy
Italy
and the bricks used for new constructions all over the town.[14] During the last decades of the 1800s and the early 1900s, Ferrara remained a modest trade centre for its large rural hinterland that relied on commercial crops such as sugar beet and industrial hemp. Large land reclamation works were carried out for decades with the aim to expand the available arable land and eradicate malaria from the wetlands along the Po delta.[15] Mass industrialisation came to Ferrara
Ferrara
only at the end of the 1930s with the set-up of a chemical plant by the Fascist regime that should have supplied the regime with synthetic rubber.[16] During the Second World War
Second World War
Ferrara
Ferrara
was repeatedly bombed by Allied warplanes that targeted and destroyed railway links and industrial facilities. After the war, the industrial area in Pontelagoscuro
Pontelagoscuro
was expanded to become a giant petrochemical compound operated by Montecatini and other companies, that at its peak employed 7,000 workers and produced 20% of plastics in Italy.[17] In recent decades, as part of a general trend in Italy
Italy
and Europe, Ferrara
Ferrara
has come to rely more on tertiary and tourism, while the heavy industry, still present in the town, has been largely phased out. After almost 450 years, another earthquake struck Ferrara
Ferrara
in May, 2012 causing only limited damage to the historic buildings of the town and no victims. Geography and climate[edit]

Map of Ferrara
Ferrara
and its Province.

The town of Ferrara
Ferrara
lies on the southern shores of the Po river, about 44 km (27 mi.) north-east of the regional capital, Bologna, and 87 km (54 mi.) south of Venice. The territory of the municipality, entirely part of the Padan plain, is overwhelmingly flat, situated on average just 9 metres (30 ft.) above sea-level.[18] The proximity to the largest Italian river has been a constant concern in the history of Ferrara, that has been affected by recurrent, disastrous floods, the latest occurring as recently as 1951.[19] The climate of the Po valley is classified as humid subtropical (Cfa) under the Köppen climate classification, a type of climate commonly referred to as "continental", that features severe winters and warm summers and heavy rains in spring and autumn.[20] Government[edit]

The 15th century Town Hall.

The legislative body of the Italian communes
Italian communes
is the City Council (Consiglio Comunale), which, in towns having between 100,000 and 250,000 population, is composed by 32 councillors elected every five years with a proportional system, contextually to the mayoral elections. The executive body is the City Committee (Giunta Comunale), composed by 12 assessors, that is nominated and presided over by a directly elected Mayor. The current mayor of Ferrara
Ferrara
is Tiziano Tagliani of the Democratic Party. The urban organisation is governed by the Italian Constitution
Italian Constitution
(art. 114), the Municipal Statute[21] and several laws, notably the Legislative Decree 267/2000 or Unified Text on Local Administration (Testo Unico degli Enti Locali).[22] The current division of the 32 seats in the City Council is the following:

Democratic Party - 20 Forza Italia - 4 Lega Nord
Lega Nord
- 1 Fratelli d'Italia - 1 Movimento 5 stelle
Movimento 5 stelle
- 5 Giustizia, Onore e Libertà - 1

Cityscape[edit] Architecture[edit]

Este Castle covered in snow.

The Gothic façade of the Cathedral.

Palazzo dei Diamanti, seat of the National Gallery.

A section of the Renaissance
Renaissance
walls.

The imposing Este Castle, sited in the very centre of the town, is iconic of Ferrara. A very large manor house featuring four massive bastions and a moat, it was erected in 1385 by architect Bartolino da Novara
Novara
with the function to protect the town from external threats and to serve as a fortified residence for the Este family.[23] It was extensively renovated in the 15th and 16th centuries.[23] The Cathedral of Saint George, designed by Wiligelmus
Wiligelmus
and consecrated in 1135, is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture.[24] The duomo has been renovated many times through the centuries, thus its resulitng eclectic style is a harmoniuous combination of the Romanesque central scructure and portal, the Gothic upper part of the façade and the Renaissance
Renaissance
campanile.[6] The sculptures of the main portal are attributed to Nicholaus. The upper part of the main façade, with arcades of pointed arches, dates from the 13th century. The recumbent marble lions guarding the portals are copies of the originals, now in the cathedral's museum. An elaborated 13th-century relief depicting the Last Judgement
Last Judgement
is found in the second storey of the porch. The interior was restored in baroque style in 1712. The marble campanile attributed to Leon Battista Alberti[25] was initiated in 1412 but is still incomplete, missing one projected additional storey and a dome, as it can be observed from numerous historical prints and paintings on the subject.[4] Near the cathedral and the castle also lies the 15th century city hall, that served as an earlier residence of the Este family, featuring a grandiose marble flight of stairs and two ancient bronze statues of Niccolò III and Borso of Este.[6] The southern district is the town's oldest, crossed by a myriad narrow alleys that date back to the Early Middle Ages. Casa Romei is perhaps the best preserved Mediaval building in Ferrara. It was the private residence of a merchant Giovanni Romei, related by marriage to the Este family, and likely the work of the court architect Pietrobono Brasavola.[26] Thanks to the nuns of the Corpus Domini order, much of the original decorations in the inner rooms have been saved. The house features fresco cycles in the "Sala delle Sibille" ("room of sibyls"), an original terracotta fireplace bearing the coat of arms of Giovanni Romei in the adjoining Saletta dei Profeti ("room of the prophets"), depicting allegories from the Bible, and in other rooms, some of which were commissioned by cardinal Ippolito d'Este, paintings by the school of Camillo and Cesare Filippi (16th century).[6] Palazzo Schifanoia
Palazzo Schifanoia
("sans souci") was built in 1385 for Alberto V d'Este. The palazzo includes frescoes depicting the life of Borso d'Este, the signs of the zodiac and allegorical representations of the months. The vestibule was decorated with stucco mouldings by Domenico di Paris. The building also contains fine choir-books with miniatures and a collection of coins and Renaissance
Renaissance
medals. The Renaissance Palazzo Paradiso, part of the Ferrara University
Ferrara University
library system, displays part of the manuscript of Orlando furioso
Orlando furioso
and letters by Tasso as well as Ludovico Ariosto's grave. Its famous alumni include Nicolaus Copernicus
Nicolaus Copernicus
and Paracelsus. The northern quarter, which was added by Ercole I in 1492–1505 thanks to the masterplan of Biagio Rossetti, and hence called the Addizione Erculea, features a number of Renaissance
Renaissance
palazzi. Among the finest is Palazzo dei Diamanti
Palazzo dei Diamanti
( Diamond
Diamond
Palace), named after the diamond points into which the façade's stone blocks are cut. The palazzo houses the National Picture Gallery, with a large collection of the school of Ferrara, which first rose to prominence in the latter half of the 15th century, with Cosimo Tura, Francesco Cossa
Francesco Cossa
and Ercole dei Roberti. Noted masters of the 16th-century School of Ferrara include Lorenzo Costa
Lorenzo Costa
and Dosso Dossi, the most eminent of all, Girolamo da Carpi
Girolamo da Carpi
and Benvenuto Tisi
Benvenuto Tisi
(il Garofalo).[6] The district is also home to University of Ferrara
Ferrara
Botanic Garden. Parks and gardens[edit] The town is still almost totally encircled by 9 kilometres (6 miles) of ancient brick walls, mostly built between 1492 and 1520.[6] Today the walls, after a careful restoration, make up a large urban park around the town and are a popular destination for joggers and cyclists. Demographics[edit] In 2007, there were 135,369 people residing in Ferrara, of whom 46.8% were male and 53.2% were female. Minors (children ages 18 and younger) totalled 12.28 percent of the population compared to pensioners who number 26.41%. This compares with the Italian average of 18.06% (minors) and 19.94% (pensioners). The average age of Ferrara
Ferrara
residents is 49 compared to the Italian average of 42. In the five years between 2002 and 2007, the population of Ferrara
Ferrara
grew by 2.28%, while Italy
Italy
as a whole grew by 3.85%.[27] The current birth rate of Ferrara
Ferrara
is 7.02 births per 1,000 inhabitants compared to the Italian average of 9.45 births. Ferrara
Ferrara
is known as being the oldest city with a population over 100,000, as well the city with lowest birth rate. As of 2006[update], 95.59% of the population was Italian. The largest immigrant group was other European nations (mostly from the Ukraine, and Albania: 2.59%) North Africa: 0.51%, and East Asia: 0.39%. The city is predominantly Roman Catholic, with small Orthodox Christian adherents. The historical Jewish
Jewish
community is still surviving. Culture[edit] Jewish
Jewish
community[edit]

The town's Synagogue, estabilished in 1485.[28]

Graves in the Jewish
Jewish
cemetery.

The Jewish
Jewish
community of Ferrara
Ferrara
is the only one in Emilia Romagna with a continuous presence from the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
to the present day. It played an important role when Ferrara
Ferrara
enjoyed its greatest splendor in the 15th and 16th century, with the duke Ercole I d'Este. The situation of the Jews deteriorated in 1598, when the Este dynasty moved to Modena
Modena
and the city came under papal control. The Jewish settlement, located in three streets forming a triangle near the cathedral, became a ghetto in 1627. Apart from a few years under Napoleon
Napoleon
and during the 1848 revolution, the ghetto lasted until Italian unification
Italian unification
in 1859. In 1799, the Jewish
Jewish
community saved the city from sacking by troops of the Holy Roman Empire. During the spring of 1799, the city had fallen into the hands of the Republic of France, which established a small garrison there. On 15 April, Lieutenant Field Marshal Johann von Klenau approached the fortress with a modest mixed force of Austrian cavalry, artillery and infantry augmented by Italian peasant rebels, commanded by Count Antonio Bardaniand and demanded its capitulation. The commander refused. Klenau blockaded the city, leaving a small group of artillery and troops to continue the siege.[29] For the next three days, Klenau patrolled the countryside, capturing the surrounding strategic points of Lagoscuro, Borgoforte
Borgoforte
and the Mirandola
Mirandola
fortress. The besieged garrison made several sorties from the Saint Paul's Gate, which were repulsed by the insurgent peasants. The French attempted two rescues of the beleaguered fortress: the first, on 24 April, when a force of 400 Modenese was repulsed at Mirandola. In the second, General Montrichard
Montrichard
tried to raise the city-blockade by advancing with a force of 4,000. Finally, at the end of the month, a column led by Pierre-Augustin Hulin
Pierre-Augustin Hulin
reached and relieved the fortress.[30] Klenau took possession of the town on 21 May, and garrisoned it with a light battalion. The Jewish
Jewish
residents of Ferrara
Ferrara
paid 30,000 ducats to prevent the pillage of the city by Klenau's forces; this was used to pay the wages of Gardani's troops.[31] Although Klenau held the town, the French still possessed the town's fortress. After making the standard request for surrender at 0800, which was refused, Klenau ordered a barrage from his mortars and howitzers. After two magazines caught fire, the commandant was summoned again to surrender; there was some delay, but a flag of truce was sent at 2100, and the capitulation was concluded at 0100 the next day. Upon taking possession of the fortress, Klenau found 75 new artillery pieces, plus ammunition and six months worth of provisions.[32] In 1938, Mussolini's fascist government instituted racial laws reintroducing segregation of Jews which lasted until the end of the German occupation. During the Second World War, ninety-six of Ferrara's 300 Jews were deported to German concentration and death camps; five survived. The Italian Jewish
Jewish
writer, Giorgio Bassani, was from Ferrara. His celebrated book, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, was published in Italian as Giardino del Finzi-Contini, 1962, by Giulio Einaudi editore s.p.a. It was made into a film by Vittorio de Sica in 1970. During WWII, the Este Castle, adjacent to the Corso Roma, now known as the Corso Martiri della Libertà, was the site of an infamous massacre in 1943. On Dec. 13, 2017, the first day of Hanukkah, Italy’s National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah
Shoah
opened on the site of a restored two-story brick prison built in 1912 that counted Jews during the Fascist period among its detainees. This is the initial phase of a project—known as MEIS, after its initials in Italian—to be completed in 2020, with additional buildings that will create a major Jewish
Jewish
cultural hub and add exhibits focusing on the Jews in the Italian Renaissance
Renaissance
and the Shoah.[33] Visual art[edit]

Francesco del Cossa's "May" from the "Salone dei Mesi" ("hall of months") in Palazzo Schifanoia, circa 1470.

During the Renaissance
Renaissance
the Este family, well known for its partonage of the arts, welcomed a great number of artists, especially painters, that formed the so-called School of Ferrara. The astounding list of painters and artists includes the names of Andrea Mantegna, Vicino da Ferrara, Giovanni Bellini, Leon Battista Alberti, Pisanello, Piero della Francesca, Battista Dossi, Dosso Dossi, Cosmé Tura, Francesco del Cossa and Titian. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Ferrara
Ferrara
again hosted and inspired numerous painters who grew fond of its eerie atmosphere. Among them Giovanni Boldini, Filippo de Pisis
Filippo de Pisis
and Giorgio de Chirico. A large collection of paintings is displayed in the National Gallery of Palazzo dei Diamanti. Literature[edit]

Title page of John Harington's translation of Orlando Furioso, 1634.

The Renaissance
Renaissance
literary men and poets Torquato Tasso
Torquato Tasso
(author of Jerusalem Delivered), Ludovico Ariosto
Ludovico Ariosto
(author of the romantic epic poem Orlando Furioso) and Matteo Maria Boiardo
Matteo Maria Boiardo
(author of the grandiose poem of chivalry and romance Orlando Innamorato) lived and worked at the court of Ferrara
Ferrara
during the 15th and 16th century. The Ferrara Bible
Ferrara Bible
was a 1553 publication of the Ladino version of the Tanakh
Tanakh
used by Sephardi Jews. It was paid for and made by Yom-Tob ben Levi Athias (the Spanish Marrano
Marrano
Jerónimo de Vargas, as typographer) and Abraham ben Salomon Usque (the Portuguese Jew
Jew
Duarte Pinhel, as translator), and was dedicated to Ercole II d'Este. In the 20th century Ferrara
Ferrara
was the home and workplace of writer Giorgio Bassani, well known for his novels that were often adapted for cinema (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Long Night in 1943). In historical fiction, British author Sarah Dunant set her 2009 novel Sacred Hearts in a convent in Ferrara. Religion[edit]

Monument to Girolamo Savonarola.

Ferrara
Ferrara
gave birth to Girolamo Savonarola, the famous medieval Dominican priest and leader of Florence
Florence
from 1494 until his execution in 1498. He was known for his book burning, destruction of what he considered immoral art, and hostility to the Renaissance. He vehemently preached against the moral corruption of much of the clergy at the time, and his main opponent was Pope Alexander VI
Pope Alexander VI
(Rodrigo Borgia). Music[edit] The Ferrarese musician Girolamo Frescobaldi
Girolamo Frescobaldi
was one of the most important composers of keyboard music in the late Renaissance
Renaissance
and early Baroque
Baroque
periods. His masterpiece Fiori musicali
Fiori musicali
(Musical Flowers) is a collection of liturgical organ music first published in 1635. It became the most famous of Frescobaldi's works and was studied centuries after his death by numerous composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach.[34][35] Maurizio Moro (15??—16??) an Italian poet of the 16th century best known for madrigals is thought to have been born in Ferrara. Cinema[edit] Ferrara
Ferrara
is the birthplace of Italian film directors Michelangelo Antonioni and Florestano Vancini. The latter shot in Ferrara
Ferrara
his 1960 film Long Night in 1943. The town was also the setting of the famous 1970 movie The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
by Vittorio De Sica, that tells the vicissitudes of a rich Jewish
Jewish
family during the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
and World War II. Furthermore, Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders
and Michelangelo Antonioni's Beyond the Clouds in (1995) and Ermanno Olmi's The Profession of Arms in (2001), a film about the last days of Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, were also shot in Ferrara. Festivals[edit]

Kid dressed-up for the Palio.

The Palio
Palio
of St. George
St. George
is a medieval-themed horse race held every last Sunday of May. Established in 1279, it is probably the oldest such competition in the world.[36][37] The Ferrara
Ferrara
Buskers Festival is a non-competitive parade of street musicians from all over the world. At the 2017 edition, more than 1,000 artists from 35 different nations took part in the festival, including dancers, clowns, equilibrists, jugglers and other original performers.[38] Additionally, the town hosts the yearly Ferrara
Ferrara
Balloons Festival, a large hot-air balloon show.[39] Sport[edit] The town's football team, SPAL, was established in 1907. In 2017 it was promoted to Serie A, Italy's top level football league, after a 49-year absence. Its home ground is Paolo Mazza Memorial Stadium, with a 13,020 capacity.[40] Cuisine[edit]

Some food items easily found in Ferrara: "coppia" bread,[41] "zia" garlic salami[42] and muskmelon.[43]

The culinary tradition of Ferrara
Ferrara
features many typical dishes that can be traced back to the Middle Ages, and that sometimes reveals the influence of its important Jewish
Jewish
community. The signature dish is cappellacci di zucca, special ravioli with a filling of butternut squash, Parmigiano-Reggiano
Parmigiano-Reggiano
and flavored with nutmeg. It is served with a sauce of butter and sage or bolognese sauce. Another peculiar dish, that was allegedly cooked by Renaissance chef Cristoforo di Messisbugo, is pasticcio di maccheroni, a domed macaroni pie, consisting of a crust of sweet dough enclosing macaroni in a Béchamel sauce, studded with porcini mushrooms and ragù bolognese. The traditional Christmas
Christmas
first course is cappelletti, large meat and cheese filled ravioli served in chicken broth. It is often followed by salama da sugo, a very big, cured sausage made from a selection of pork meats and spices kneaded with red wine. Seafood is also an important part of the local tradition, that boast rich fisheries in the Po delta lagoons and Adriatic sea. Pasta with clams and grilled or stewed eel dishes are especially well-known. Popular food items include also zia garlic salami and the traditional coppia bread, protected by the IGP (Protected Geographical Status) label. Not unusual is the typical kosher salami made of goose meat stuffed in goose neck skin. Local patisserie include spicy pampepato chocolate pie, tenerina, a dark chocolate and butter cake, and zuppa inglese, a chocolate and custard pudding on a bed of sponge cake soaked in Alchermes. The clay terroir of the area, an alluvial plain created by the river Po, is not ideal for wine; a notable exception is Bosco Eliceo (DOC) wine, made from grapes cultivated on the sandy coast line.[44] International relations[edit] Twin towns — sister cities[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Italy Ferrara
Ferrara
is twinned with:

Daugavpils, Latvia Gießen, Hesse, Germany[45] Highland Park, IL, USA Kaufbeuren, Bavaria, Germany Koper, Slovenia[46]

Krasnodar, Krasnodar
Krasnodar
Krai, Russia Lleida, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain Makarska, Croatia Opatija, Croatia Saint-Étienne, Loire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, since 1964[47] Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom Szombathely, Hungary Tartu, Estonia
Estonia
[48] Žilina, Slovakia[49]

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References[edit] See also: Ferrara
Ferrara
bibliography (in Italian)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Ferrara". Encyclopædia Britannica. 10 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 283.  Acerbi, Enrico. "The 1799 Campaign in Italy: Klenau and Ott Vanguards and the Coalition’s Left Wing April - June 1799". Napoleon
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· Comuni of the Province of Ferrara

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Crespi d'Adda Genoa Mantua
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Corniglia Manarola Monterosso al Mare Riomaggiore Vernazza

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Rhaetian Railway
Rhaetian Railway
in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes1 Rock Drawings in Valcamonica Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe- Roero
Roero
and Monferrato

Northeast

Aquileia The Dolomites Ferrara Modena
Modena
Cathedral, Torre della Ghirlandina
Torre della Ghirlandina
and Piazza Grande, Modena Orto botanico di Padova Ravenna Venice Verona City of Vicenza
Vicenza
and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto

Central

Assisi Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri
Cerveteri
and Tarquinia Florence Hadrian's Villa Medici villas Piazza del Duomo, Pisa Pienza Rome2 San Gimignano Siena Urbino Val d'Orcia Villa d'Este

South

Alberobello Amalfi Coast Castel del Monte, Apulia Cilento
Cilento
and Vallo di Diano
Vallo di Diano
National Park, Paestum
Paestum
and Velia, Certosa di Padula Herculaneum Oplontis
Oplontis
and Villa Poppaea Naples Palace of Caserta, Aqueduct of Vanvitelli
Aqueduct of Vanvitelli
and San Leucio
San Leucio
Complex Pompeii Sassi di Matera

Islands

Aeolian Islands Arab-Norman Palermo
Palermo
and the Cathedral Churches of Cefalù and Monreale Archaeological Area of Agrigento Barumini nuraghes Mount Etna Syracuse and Necropolis of Pantalica Val di Noto

Caltagirone Catania Militello in Val di Catania Modica Noto Palazzolo Acreide Ragusa Scicli

Villa Romana del Casale

Countrywide

Longobards in Italy, Places of Power (568–774 A.D.)

Brescia Cividale del Friuli Castelseprio Spoleto Temple of Clitumnus
Temple of Clitumnus
located at Campello sul Clitunno Santa Sofia located at Benevento Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo
Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo
located at Monte Sant'Angelo

Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps3 Primeval Beech Forests of Europe4 Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries5

Bergamo Palmanova Peschiera del Garda

1 Shared with Switzerland 2 Shared with the Holy See 3 Shared with Austria, France, Germany, Slovenia, and Switzerland 4 Shared with Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain
Spain
and Ukraine 5 Shared with Croatia
Croatia
and Montenegro

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100,000+

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