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Ferrara adds Medieval flare to Italy tours

While visiting big cities is often a must during a tour of Italy, sometimes it's a good idea to pay a visit to the smaller cities that pepper this Mediterranean destination. There are many to choose, from but if you're looking for one that overflows with historic appeal and a quaint charm, few can compete with Ferrara.

Home to about 134,000 residents, Ferrara is a gem of Italy's northern coast. Its lengthy history is evident down every street thanks in large part to the fact that much of the city is still surrounded by Medieval walls. There are also a number buildings from the era that stand out as architectural highlights among the many other famous buildings in Italy.

One of the best-known buildings in Ferrara is the Palazzo dei Diamanti. The unique structure was completed in 1503 and is famous throughout the world thanks to its iconic exterior, which is outfitted with marble stone meticulously cut into diamond shapes. Its unusual design is not the only reason you should visit, as it is also home to the National Picture Gallery. After visiting the Palazzo dei Diamanti, you should make your way to Castello Estense, an imposing structure that dates back to the 14th century and is a striking reminder of the time period. 

Of course, Ferrara has more to offer than just centuries old buildings. Not only is the city easy to navigate by bicycle, offering a unique way to explore its Medieval streets, it also home to some of the most delicious Italian food you're likely to have during your tour of the country. 

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