Guided Ferrara Highlights Walking Tour

Guided Ferrara Highlights Walking Tour

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      Ferrara, Italy
      1.5 Hours
      From (USD)
      $ 177
      • Guided walking tour: Friendly local guides show the most important highlights of Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has both a medieval and Renaissance flair. Walk through medieval alleys and pass by Este Castle and Ducal Palace, two opulent places where the Este family, who ruled Ferrara during the Renaissance, lived and loved.
      • Ferrara Cathedral: This house of worship, dedicated to St. George (San Giorgio), was first built in the 12th century and has a variety of architectural styles, from Romanesque to Gothic to Renaissance to Baroque. Notice the stunning art, including the 16th century ""Last Judgment"" painting by Bastianino.
      • Jewish ghetto: See where the town's Jewish citizens went to school, worshipped, made unleavened bread, lived, and died. Stone tablets tell the story of the persecution of the Ferrara Jews. The ghetto also contains three synagogues, a museum, and a cemetery.
      • Savonarola Square: Ferrara's town square is named after the influential Italian friar and prophet who was burned in 1498 by the Catholic Church for his beliefs. A statue of him, with outstretched hands, is a highlight of the square.

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to Viale Cavour at 16444121 Ferrara FE to meet our GoBe Representative.

      Helpful hints

      Stores typically close for an afternoon break between 12:30 pm and 3:00pm but some remain open throughout the day. Shops are closed on Thursday afternoons, Sundays, and bank and church holidays.

      Getting around

      Expect to walk for approximately 1.5 miles, over varying surfaces and up steps and inclines. This tour is not suitable for travelers with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair.

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Cultural, Private Tour



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      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Travelers must be 6 years of age or older and accompanied by an adult to participate in this tour.

      Ferrara is the only city in the Emilia Romagna region that has had a Jewish presence from 1088 to today. The acceptance of the Este family, who ran the city for centuries, was critical. They encouraged Jews, like those forced out of Spain due to the Inquisition, to settle there. A progressive attitude for this time, albeit one influenced by self-interest.

      If Ferrara was to grow and flourish, they needed moneylenders, a job Catholics were banned from doing. And the town also needed talented professionals in commerce and medicine, something their Jewish citizens provided. Ferrara prospered with them, and the Jewish population grew to about 2,000 people in the town, with 10 synagogues.

      Unfortunately, after Alfonso, the fifth (and last) Duke of Ferrara, died in 1597 without a male heir, the Catholic Church took over the town. They treated the Jews in Ferrara badly. When what remained of the Este dynasty decamped to Modena in 1626, about half of Ferrara's Jews left with them. The remaining Jews were condemned to a ghetto in town that they had to pay for constructing, and guarded with gates around the streets. The five gates had locks that were opened at sunrise, so the Jews could work around the city, and closed at sunset, when they were forced back into the ghetto after the workday.

      While the papacy and its laws were cruel to the Jews, the local population had much fonder feelings for them, making life a little easier. Finally, in 1859, when Italy was unified, Jews were treated as full citizens and the ghetto was closed. However, that freedom was short-lived. Over 200 Ferrara Jews perished in the Holocaust. Today, there are only about 70 Jews left here. But the Jewish ghetto is an important part of this GoBe tour, showing the lives they led, with historical markers on buildings telling the story.

      Ferrara's favorite son
      One of the Ferrara Jews who survived the Holocaust was author Giorgio Bassini. He was part of the anti-Fascist Resistance in Italy, and in 1943 he was arrested, then freed. He fled to Florence, and then Rome, and was in hiding for the rest of World War II. Bassini survived and became a beloved author. His most famous book was The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, a novel about Ferrara Jews during that era that became a classic Vittorio De Sica movie that won Best Foreign Film at the 1971 Academy Awards. To bring things full circle, Bassini is buried in the Jewish cemetery that is part of Ferrara's Jewish ghetto.


      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.


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