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Venice in One Day: Guided Tour From Florence

1. Venice in One Day: Guided Tour From Florence

You will travel from Florence to Venice in a luxury coach and, once in the famed city, your full day exploration will begin. Following your tour leader into the heart of Venice, you will be amazed by the ornate detail of St. Mark’s Basilica standing tall in Piazza San Marco. After admiring the beauty of Piazza San Marco, make your way, at your own pace, to the Palazzo Ducale and see where Venice's powerful government once stood. As you discover the magic of Venice, it will be clear why it is loved by so many. Venice is built on water, so naturally, it is best viewed from a traditional Venetian boat, a gondola. As you float along the picturesque canals, you will be face to face with Venetian architecture and culture. A ride in a gondola (not included in price) is not to be missed. At the end of your day, meet your tour leader to head back to Florence.

Ferrara: City Highlights Walking Tour with Local Guide

2. Ferrara: City Highlights Walking Tour with Local Guide

Let's start from the Estense Castle, symbol of the city, from which we can admire Corso Ercole I d'Este, the road that connects the Castle to the north gate of the walls, crossing the Renaissance Addition commissioned from Ercole I d'Este and realized by the Ferrarese architect Biagio Rossetti. A dive into the beauty of Ferrara's Renaissance palaces and churches amidst the colors of the Unesco World Heritage city, you will arrive to the original Palazzo dei Diamanti in the heart of the Addizione Erculea, an urban expansion planned at the end of the 15th century. From the "historic crossroads" we continue towards the romantic Massari Park, characterized by the centuries-old cedars of Lebanon and the rich vegetation facing the University Botanical Garden. A few steps away, the nearby monumental complex of S.Cristoforo alla Certosa, transformed over time into a Monumental Cemetery, opens into the square in front, where the elegant arcades create a suggestive effect of recollection. Internal visit to the beautiful Renaissance church, an ancient temple of the Carthusian monks called to Ferrara by Duke Borso d'Este in the mid-15th century. The nearby historic Piazza Ariostea reminds us of the great poet with its statue towering over the central column and invites us, to end the visit, under the loggia that flanks the green area. It will be a journey through the beauty that arises from the harmonious and varied presence of monuments and views that never make it boring or obvious.

Ferrara: Medieval Ferrara and the Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

3. Ferrara: Medieval Ferrara and the Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Begin your fantastic walking tour in the courtyard of the Castello Estense. Learn about the rich history of the area and its landmarks from your professional local guide. Pass by the Frescobaldi Music Conservatory before making a stop at the mid-15th century S. Anna hospital cloister. Glimpse into the garden of the early 16th century Palazzo Roverella, before heading to the 18th century oval Theatre Square where the statue of the Ferrarese friar Savonarola lies. Walk between the archbishop's palace and the former Ducal Palace to the cathedral and town hall which features a beautiful brick laid square. Finish your exciting tour by visiting the medieval business lanes and the historic Jewish ghetto before ending in front of the intricate 15th century Italian Synagogue.

Ferrara: Estense Castle Guided Tour

4. Ferrara: Estense Castle Guided Tour

On the first floor the ancient medieval halls and the evocative cannons' flight bring to the noble floor where you can admire the Oranges Garden, which overlooks the city's squares, the ducal chapel and the wide frescoed halls. In the final part of the tour there are the exhibitions dedicated to Ferrara's painter Giovanni Boldini and Giovanni Battista Crema. Ferrara's majestic icon, the Estense Castle is still today enclosed by the trench that recalls its ancient originis as a military fortress, then turned through time into the magnificent residence of the Ducal Court. Estense Castle's tour with a qualified tour guide will last around 1 and a half hour, starting every Saturday from 3.30 p.m. Meeting 30 minutes before the departure in the Castle's court, under the arcade. The entrance ticket to Estense Castle is not included, you'll have to pay it separately. A €1,00 discount per ticket will be applied, thanks to "Amici del Castello" discount. MUSEUM ENTRANCE PRICES Full price ticket: €12,00 Reduced-price ticket: € 10.00 (minors between 13 and 18 years old, over 65 years old, at least 15 persons groups, university students with a university course enrollment badge, full price ticket or reduced-price ticket owners for one of the exhibitions by Fondazione Ferrara Arte, Coop Alleanza associates, FAI associates) Free ticket: minors under 13 years old; a minor, aging between 6 and 18 years old, per paying adult; tour guides, tour leaders, environmental and tourist guides, interpreters and teachers practising theri professional acitivity; differently-abled people and their guides; journalists and freelances with badge; visitors who enter the Castle on theri birthday or, in case the museum was closed, on the next opening day, students enrolled in the first year of one of University of Ferrara courses who show their badge.

Ferrara: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

5. Ferrara: 2-Hour City Center Walking Tour

Discover the fascinating city of Ferrara on this 2-hour walking tour that will show you the highlights of this unique city. On your tour, you will see the interesting urban planning of this Renaissance city, which is the first city in Europe to have a modern layout still used to design cities today. Your tour starts with viewing the Renaissance Herculean addition and the inner courtyard of Palazzo dei Diamanti. While walking down Corso Ercole I D'Este, you will visit the inner courtyard of Estense Castle and then continue your stroll through Piazza Castello, Piazza Savonarola and Corso Martiri della Liberta.  Next, you will arrive at Piazza Cattedrale, which hosts the Romanesque-Gothic Saint George Cathedral. In front of the Cathedral, you will discover Piazza del Municipio, the inner courtyard of the former Ducal palace. On your walk through San Romano, you will see the old Medieval streets of Ferrara, some of which became the old Jewish Ghetto at the beginning of the 17th century. Join this fascinating tour of Ferrara to dive into the history of the city and learn what makes Ferrara so special!

Guided tasting of local wines

6. Guided tasting of local wines

Book a guided tasting of local wines! A rundown of 3 wines of excellence awaits you accompanied by a small tasting of salami and cheeses from our region. All guided by a sommelier dedicated to you. You can also expand your path with other typical dishes of Ferrara, Ferrarese craft pastry such as Cappellacci and Tortellini or expand the tasting with many national and foreign wines by choosing from over 300 bottles

Ferrara: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

7. Ferrara: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

A private tour to discover all the historical and artistic aspects of Ferrara. On this private tour you will see the Renaissance wonders, the Roman-Gothic Cathedral, the splendid Castello Estense and much more. Considered one of the most beautiful Renaissance cities in Italy, Ferrara is recognised by Unesco for its rich architectural heritage. With this private, guided tour, you will be accompanied by our certified guide to discover this magnificent city, a must-see for all those who love art, culture, nature and good food. The itinerary begins with a visit to the Palazzo Diamanti and the large green spaces of the Addizione Erculea, the heart of the Renaissance city. Here, you will be guided through the history of the Estensi family, the family that paved the way for the Renaissance in Emilia Romagna. You will then proceed with a visit to the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, passing through the courtyard of honour of the Palazzo Marchionale, and on to the Castello Estense. The visit concludes with the picturesque Via delle Volte and the Jewish ghetto.

Ferrara: Luggage Storage in Train Station

8. Ferrara: Luggage Storage in Train Station

Experience Ferrara without the hassle of heavy bags. Use the secure luggage storage at prime locations across the city. Whether starting or wrapping up your trip, enjoy the convenience of dropping off your luggage and exploring Ferrara with ease. Just book, drop with your e-mail confirmation, and retrieve when ready. Dive into the Ferrara charm, baggage-free. Effortlessly Explore Ferrara with Our Convenient Luggage Service! Once you place the booking, simply head to your chosen meeting point, where a friendly staff member will be ready to greet you. Show your ID or the confirmation email, and we'll securely store your luggage for the day. When you're ready to pick up your bags, return to the same meeting point. Present your ID or the confirmation email again, and your belongings will be quickly returned to you. This straightforward process ensures you can enjoy Ferrara attractions and experiences without the hassle of carrying your bags. Our service is designed for your convenience, making your visit to Ferrara more enjoyable and carefree.

Ferrara: Home Dining Experience with Show Cooking

9. Ferrara: Home Dining Experience with Show Cooking

There's no better way to discover Italy's culture from the inside. Our national network of expert Italian home cooks offers the finest Italian food experiences. Immerse yourself in a private dining experience with an Italian family with a 4-course menu (starter, pasta, main course and dessert with drinks included: water, selection of local wines and coffee) showcasing authentic Italian recipes passed down by real Italian Mammas in family cookbooks. Enjoy a cooking demonstration, where your host will show you their cooking skills as they finish the dishes in front of you. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality by connecting with local people. You'll come away with happy memories, new friends, and a deeper understanding of your destination, as you taste the typical dishes that real Italians cook every day. This experience is held by Cesarine, the oldest Italy’s network of home cooks available all over the country. The word "Cesarine" means "home cook". Our network of passionate and welcoming local hosts open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences. The Cesarine serve only local specialties from their family cookbooks to tell the great story of their traditional regional cuisine.

Jewish Bologna and Modena or Ferrara

10. Jewish Bologna and Modena or Ferrara

Enjoy a tour with your ultimate Jewish history guide of Bologna and Ferrara or Modena! Jews form part and parcel of the fabric of Italian society and have been in Italy for twenty-two centuries. Throughout history Jews have been expelled over and over again, marginalized and made to live in ghettos, including in Bologna where they were expelled from twice. But they were welcomed by the Estense of Ferrara, where there is a large thriving community. In this tour, I will give some background starting from the Roman era, and explain how they are well integrated today. In the morning we will visit the Jewish Ghetto and Museum, and then we will go to Ferrara or Modena by train, where we visit the Jewish area and in Ferrera the Meis (the ltalian museum of Judaism and the Shoah). The tour is not available on Mondays due to the museums' closure. Itinerary: the two towers where the old Jewish guild was, the old Jewish Ghetto and Museum, Santo Stefano - known as the seven churches - and Santo Stefano square with the house of the Jewish-Sforno family. * I will contact the 19th-century synagogue at 9, via dei Gombruti with its Star-of-David Rose window to see if it is visitable, (not on Friday nor Saturday, the Bocchi building with the only Jewish inscription in Europe. The synagogue is not visitable on Sundays. Meeting Point + Tour Duration Duration: 6 hours The duration is flexible depending on the amount of time we spend in the museums, and it includes the journey to Ferrara. It will also depend on the time spent for lunch. Transportation: Walking tour inside Bologna. Train to Ferrara or Modena. Bus/taxi and some walking in Ferrara. In Ferrara we'll visit the Meis and the Jewish ghetto. ln Modena the main Square and ghetto.

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What people are saying about Ferrara

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Our tour with Stephanie was amazing. She was a treasure trove of information about Bologna’s Jewish community, past and present. The tour was two hours and while we were becoming knackered (my husband was pushing me in a wheelchair over the ever present cobblestones) I felt she could have spent at least another hour or two with us giving us more and more fascinating history of the Jewish presence in Bologna over the centuries. An exceptional experience!!! Highly, highly recommend Stephanie!

The experience with the guide and driver was very good! What you do is that you actually spend a lot of time freely exploring the city, it's fine for a first visit but don't expect to have a real experience of getting to know the city because in the end, if you take the optional activities (lunch and gondola ride that are charged separately) you are left with about an hour to walk around on your own.

It was wonderful! The guide Constantino was spectacular, very friendly and very helpful! He didn't dare make any effort to assist us and provide us with great knowledge about the place and important tips. Driver Giancarlo was great, excellent professional and patient with the elderly people getting off and on the transport. The place is spectacular! Everything was perfect! Thank you GetYourGuide!

Besides being cold and rainy the Venice tour was wonderful. The tour guide did a great job at keeping us on time and where we needed to be. The group had too many people on it but it was ok. We had lots of options if things to do and i choose to do my own thing that was perfect for me. Our driver was professional and the tour leader was very professional and patient.

Constantino and Paolo were so nice. I totally recommend this tour.