A symbol of the city’s independence
A perfect fusion of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles, the Cathedral of San Giorgio is among Ferrara’s most important monuments.
Construction began in the 12th century, but over time it has undergone numerous alterations and renovations that have led to its extraordinary design today. The first thing to strike your eyes is its tripartite façade – divided into three both vertically, by two cusped buttresses, and horizontally. The lower, Romanesque-style register is simple and austere, while the upper two feature a succession of Gothic arches, columns and rosettes. Rising up on the opposite side of the façade is the imposing pink and white marble bell tower, an unfinished work by Leon Battista Alberti.
The interior is characterised by Baroque style. The monumental quadrangular pillars, entirely decorated, and the 18th-century high altar are astounding.
When you have finished your visit and left the ancient and beautiful Piazza Trento e Trieste, just a few minutes from the Cathedral, don’t miss two other undisputed symbols of the city: the mighty Castello Estense and the elegant Palazzo dei Diamanti. They are best explored by bicycle: the means of transport par excellence for anyone wishing to explore Ferrara.