Ferrara is known for the buildings that its rulers ordered to build in the Renaissance, the Este family, such as Estense Castle in its historic centre, while Comacchio is for its canals, which make it “the little Venice of the Delta del Po”.
The video is a tour of the natural environment of Ferrara and province, for its main monuments, such as the Palace of diamonds, the Palazzo del Comune in the large cobbled square, the beautiful Cathedral of Ferrara or Duomo, the Castle … the Delta del Po, its traditional boats and the Comacchio canals walk through the images.
Comacchio, little Venice, in the province of Ferrara (about 48 kilometres from the city), is a commune of the region settled in the Delta del Po, in the centre of the lagoon of Valli di Comacchio. It is built on 13 islets linked by a curious network of canals and bridges.
In addition, in the video, we observe the biological richness of the delta, the fishing channels, the fishermen’s cabins … Green lung of the area, Valli di Comacchio is a natural refuge of numerous animal and plant species. It also highlights the flight over the Abbey of Pomposa, from the ninth century, located in the municipality of Codigoro.
We leave you with a description of Unesco of both heritage, but above all, we hope you enjoy the video that brings us closer to Ferrara and the Delta del Po.
Born at the ford of the River Po, the city of Ferrara became an important focus of the arts and intellectual life in the 15th and 16th centuries, attracting the most brilliant artists and ingenious of the Italian Renaissance. Piero della Francesca, Jacopo Bellini and Andrea Mantegna decorated the palaces of the ruling family of the East. It was in Ferrara that the humanistic vision of the ideal city materialized with the neighbourhoods built in 1492 by Biagio Rossetti, who applied the new principles of perspective. Rosetti’s work was the starting point of modern urbanism and would leave a deep imprint on its subsequent evolution.
The Delta of the Po River in The Valley of the Po has settled for millennia. From the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries, the ruling family of the East carried out extensive reclamation and land construction projects, which give this area a link with Ferrara, home of the Este family. Transformations in the field surrounding Ferrara during the Renaissance included: draining huge tracts of marshes, establishing ‘castalderie’ (farms), creating new waterways and streets as part of the overall urban development plan and building a network of noble residences known as the ‘delizie extension’. This work led to a new fabric of agricultural production and the construction of the Ducal residences as a political sign of magnificence, to project the image of the Court beyond the urban limits, forming part of a process of integration and continuity between the city and the surrounding countryside. The original shape of the Renaissance landscape of the Po river delta is still recognizable in the design of the 21st-century region.