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The city of Ferrara is located in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. It has a population of 134,425 (11/2008) inhabitants and is 404.36 square kilometers in size. It is a great place to take in the northern Italian culture. It is extremely well known for its signature dish – cappellacci di zucca (round pasta that is stuffed with pumpkin and/or squash) in butter and sage sauce or meat sauce.
Ferrara is home to some of the best preserved walls from the Renaissance era in all of Italy. There is over nine kilometers of ancient walls built during the fifteenth century and sixteenth century. The Castello Estense is the most iconic building in Ferrara. It is at the center of the city and has four large bastions and is surrounded by a moat.
Via Mazzini and Via Garibaldi are the main shopping districts in Ferrara. Here people will find a mix of budget-fashion to more expensive boutiques. There is also an amazing open air market on Saturday mornings at the Piazza Trento-Trieste that offers a bit of everything, including furniture, antiques, clothes, and food.
The airport within closest proximity to the city of Ferrara is the Guglielmo Marconi (Bologna) International Airport (BLQ). The airport is located 42 kilometers from Ferrara. Ryainair, British Airways, and Turkish air are known to have a few flights a day to Bologna and the airport services a number of international connections, including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Moscow, Madrid, Paris, and Brussels.