The territory of the Province of Ferrara, which was once hostile and unsettled due to the presence of large marshlands, was subsequently settled thanks to the execution of extensive land reclamations which were carried out from the Renaissance up to the first half of the XX Century.
All over the centuries, local inhabitants have always exploited the most important resource of the territory: the river Po and its delta.
It is still possible to admire precious finds which bear witness to the way of life and usages and customs of the ancient civilizations that settled the territory five centuries ago.
These finds, that is to say the so-called Delizie Estensi and the Park of the Po Delta, have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are the pivotal points of the whole Province of Ferrara.
Astra Hotel, together with licensed guides, naturalist guides, travel agencies and bus companies, organizes both individual and group excursions across the most interesting historical, artistic and naturalistic sites of the whole province.
Ferrara, the City of Dream
More than thirty years have passed from that June afternoon. However, if I close my eyes, Micòl Finzi-Contini is still there, looking out of the wall of her garden, and she looks at me and speaks to me.”
(Giorgio Bassani, “Il Giardini dei Finzi-Contini”, San Paolo- Mondadori, 1997)
Ferrara has always been considered the City of Dream, of unspoken things, of the memory that fades.
Artists like Ariosto, Boldini, Bassani, de Chirico and Antognoni, who were all born in Ferrara, were able to convey the incredible fascination of this city.
We do not want to persuade you to visit Ferrara; we just only want you to come and enjoy its fascinating atmosphere.
The special recognition UNESCO awarded Ferrara and the Po Delta makes the whole territory one of the most important historical, artistic and cultural sites in Italy.
A territory built by men, who over the course of the centuries have shaped it, exploited it and preserved it; a territory where natural disasters resulted in the creation of charming, peculiar landscapes; a territory which still retains the fascination which once inspired artists, craftsmen, intellectuals, peasants, fishermen, hunters, religious people and powerful rulers.
Ferrara has been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site.