Ferrara “furioso”: the city and Ariosto
The tour begins with a visit to the Este Castle, originally a late fourteenth century fortress, later residence of the Este family. Ludovico Ariosto was a frequent visitor to the castle and it was here, among the courtly celebrations and the political intrigues that the poet was to develop his talents. We go on to see other sites connected with the power of the Este family: the Marchionale Palace, where the first permanent theatre in Italy was located and where Ludovico Ariosto worked as artistic director, the palace of Justice and the Romanesque-Gothic style Cathedral. Alongside the Cathedral the osteria “of Chiucchiolino”, the setting for the poet′s comedy La Lena can still be seen: today this wine bar is called “Al Brindisi” and is in the Guinness book of records as the oldest wine bar in the world.
Passing through the beautiful ,silent streets of the Jewish Ghetto we reach Palazzo Paradiso where the tomb of the poet can be seen, nearbyis the family home of the Ariosto family. After a break for lunch we continue the tour by bicycle passing through the city park and part of the walls of Ferrara, arriving at Ariosto′s house where the poet lived the final years of his life dedicating his time to his studies.
The tour continues along the ancient via degli Angeli (the way of the angels), stopping at the palace of Giulio d′Este to remember the period in which Ariosto was secretary to the cardinal Ippolito d′Este , ending in the square dedicated to the poet, Piazza Ariostea.