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Listed under Medieval Towns in Ferrara, Italy.

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A 7th-8th century, walled town with a past of political strife, Ferrara is another World Heritage Site. Cathedrals, monasteries, castles, and museums abound in the small city, built over various centuries in different styles. Palazzo dei Diamanti is particularly famous for its unique marble work, designed to resemble diamonds.

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“Ferrara, Italy: My kind of town”

By Sarah Dunant for The Telegraph First Published 30 June, 2009 WHY FERRARA? Unlike so much of Italy, this little historical jewel of a city is not overrun by visitors. Ruled for many centuries by the d'Este family, it has a beautifully preserved medie… Read more...

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Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta

Ferrara, which grew up around a ford over the River Po, became an intellectual and artistic centre that attracted the greatest minds of the Italian Renaissance in the 15th and 16th centuries. Here, Piero della Francesca, Jacopo Bellini and Andrea Mantegna decorated the palaces of the House of Este. The humanist concept of the 'ideal city' came to life here in the neighbourhoods built from 1492 onwards by Biagio Rossetti according to the new principles of perspective. The completion of this project marked the birth of modern town planning and influenced its subsequent development.

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