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.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

2 sites in this World Heritage

  • Diamantina
  • Ferrara
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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
Italy 
Category
Cultural
Name
Ferrara, City of the Renaissance, and its Po Delta
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iii)(iv)(v)(vi)
Year of Registered
1995
Year of Revised
1999
Keyword
Registered in 1995, Revised in 1999