From Ferrara to the Rocca di Stellata
Itinerary: Ferrara, Vigarano Pieve, Bondeno, Stellata, Sette Polesini, Diamantina, Mizzana, Ferrara
An itinerary to discover the Ferrara countryside and its ancient villages, witnesses to the rich history of the Este family. Leaving the centre of Ferrara, the route takes the Burana cycle path and crosses the Cavo Napoleonico, the canal used to deviate the waters of the river Reno, commissioned by Napoleon in the early 1800s. Continuing along the cycle path you reach Stellata di Bondeno, a small medieval town known for its Rocca Possente, the fortress built in the 11th century and enlarged in 1362 by Niccolò II d’Este. If you happen to be here on the second Sunday of the month, don’t miss a visit to the typical antique market. On the way back to Ferrara you can make one last stop at the Delizia Estense Diamantina, not far from the city.
Delizia della Diamantina
Located in the Ferrara countryside of Vigarano Pieve, the Delizia Diamantina owes its name to one of the emblems par excellence of the Este family: the diamond. Built on a site where traces of a Roman settlement have been found, the Delizia has had several functions over time: “castalderia”, administrative centre of the estate and oratory. Today, some of the rooms of the Delizia Diamantina are home to an exhibition of machinery and objects belonging to the agricultural tradition of the area.