In a world characterized more and more & ugrave; from pollution, noise and traffic, the bicycle today represents a unique and ecological means of transport capable of making people appreciate with tranquility; and in absolute peace all the surrounding landscape. While many realities Italy are characterized by the lack of suitable infrastructures, Ferrara offers cyclists the presence of well-structured cycle paths that encourage the cyclist to travel even urban sections without the invasive danger of cars.
The Student's Hostel Estense is characterized as a real City Bike Hostel.
Ideal to accommodate single cyclists and / or large groups of lovers of this wonderful lifestyle.
You will find:
- a large garden where you can park your bikes for free;
- all the equipment to repair bikes in case of breakdown or tire puncture;
- a convenient and economical laundry and drying service including detergent for washing clothes;
- all the information and information material to choose the best cycling route; appropriate to you among those who propose the wonderful lands of the Po;
- possibility & agrave; to rent bikes directly at the hostel.
The bicycle itineraries are traveled through an enchanted territory where the charm of intact nature blends with that of smaller villages and towns. or less known, rich in history, culture and traditions.
The water & egrave; the eternal protagonist of Ferrara history, friend and foe of people who for millennia have lived in contact with the sea, rivers and marshes. In the course of a centuries-old contest, the land that emerged, with the advance of the coasts or with the obstinate work of reclamation, is it has been transformed into fields, intersected by ditches, rivers and canals. Land and water are the two fundamental elements from which the Ferrara area draws its identity; and which together give life to a unique and suggestive landscape.
THE WALLS OF FERRARA
With their nine kilometers the walls surround Ferrara almost entirely, constituting one of the most important circuits; complete and various of our country.
All the more periods are represented; significant of Italian military architecture, immersed in the green of the embankments and the wall.
Also studied by the great Michelangelo, as one of the most important examples; tall of military art, the red brick curtains testify to the important past of Ferrara and have become today, as was the case even then in times of peace, a large garden that integrates and expands the many other more & ugrave; small within the City.
The route, 9 kilometers long, allows you to visit the evocative city walls: a miraculous combination of monumental beauty and functionality; war. Convenient equipped and cycle paths on the top; or at the base of the fortified walls they allow you to walk among the red of the stones and the green of the local essences, such as the lime tree, the plane tree, the horse chestnut, the oak, the acacia, interspersed with hedges of yew, ivy and box. This urban itinerary joins the cycling route & ldquo; Destra Po & rdquo; through the easy cycle link that from the urban park & ldquo; Giorgio Bassani & rdquo; crosses a stretch of countryside still intact on the outskirts of the city.
THE LANDS OF LUCREZIA
Route from Ferrara to Cento - approx. 42 km
From the Estense Castle, along via Bologna, left into via Putinati, through Borgo San Luca, you enter the countryside rich and intensely cultivated, where once the swamp reigned. At Torre Fossa, where a now disappeared fortification stood guarding the inland navigation, you turn towards San Martino where, after passing the elegant eighteenth-century parish church, you meet a crossroads, turn right and, after crossing the State Road 255, continue along via Navigazione.
On the right, among the orchards and farmhouses, the thirteenth-century Torre dell'Uccellino is visible, guarding the ancient border between Ferrara and Bologna. Then turn right into via Imperiale, a very long, almost straight artery that follows a border established at the beginning of the 16th century by an agreement signed between the Bolognese Senate and Duke Ercole I d'Este, and you will soon reach Poggio Renatico.
The main square is; dominated by the imposing neo-gothic church of San Michele, built in 1907. Not far away stands the Castello dei Lambertini (15th century & ndash; 17th century), already; belonging to the local feudal lords and now the seat of the Municipality.
In the direction of San Carlo, you cross a countryside dotted with "Bolognese" farmhouses, with a square plan with porticoed barns.
On the left & egrave; the green wall of the Rhine embankment is visible a few hundred meters from the road. After a few kilometers, turn left towards Chiesa Nuova and then right towards Sant'Agostino. Whoever wishes, can & ograve; continue for a few hundred meters up to the river bank, from the top of which dominate the neatly cultivated countryside on one side and the floodplain areas rich in woods on the other. The embankment, not being equipped for cycling, can; present some small difficulties, therefore & ograve; this variant & egrave; recommended for those who have the appropriate equipment.
FROM FERRARA TO ARGENTA AND CAMPOTTO D'ARGENTA
50 km approx
From the Estense Castle along Corso Porta Reno to Porta Paola, continue along via Bologna and, after the bridge over the Po di Volano, turn left into Via Putinati to Borgo San Luca, towards Torre Fossa.
On the far outskirts of the city you will find the Baroque Sanctuary of San Luca, with an ancient crucifix that tradition considers miraculous.
The road then winds tortuously along the ancient course of the Po di Primaro, through places whose names derive from their river location, such as Torre Fossa and Fossanova.
Near the town of Sant'Egidio the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine del Poggetto stands, a modest and graceful building that houses a venerated image of the Madonna.
Numerous stately homes of a certain value line the path up to Marrara, where you can visit the imposing parish church, with its pleasantly frescoed interior.
Crossing the nearby center of San Nicol & ograve ;, where it stands, in correspondence of a wide curve, the seventeenth-century Villa Pasi-Casazza, continue to S. Maria Codifiume and along the Po di Primaro.
Beyond the town of Bova, turn right at the intersection, and then immediately left to reach, after about 5 km, the river Reno.
This watercourse with a predominantly torrential regime, which for centuries was the cause of terrible floods mainly due to its flowing into the plains, without an outlet to the sea , now reaches the Adriatic following the riverbed of the ancient Po di Primaro.
On the bank of the river, we recommend the six-hole course of the Golf Club among low dunes, bushes and groves of native species. < br /> Continue along the embankment road for about 5 km to then take the asphalted road a for Consandolo and Boccaleone, beyond which you reach Argenta, a city & agrave; probably of Roman origins, passed in the Middle Ages from the dominion of the Archbishops of Ravenna to that of the Estensi. Here was born Filippo Jacopo d'Argenta, a miniaturist who collaborated; to the decoration of the fabulous Bible by Borso d'Este, and Giovan Battista Aleotti, architect and engineer active at the Este court.
Argenta sub & igrave; considerable damage in the 2 & ordf; World War and & egrave; today a thriving and modern center. In the direction of Campotto, you pass in front of the suggestive Pieve di San Giorgio, the most beautiful; ancient of the Ferrara area (6th century) with an admirable marble portal from 1122 on which the months and the work in the fields are represented.
After about 4 km you reach the Oasis in the Argenta and Marmorta valleys, which extends on an area of 1,600 hectares with large lakes surrounded by the typical vegetation of the Po hygrophilous wood, a refuge for many species of animals, especially birds.
In the immediate vicinity there is the Museum of the Valleys which is certainly worth a visit.
THE BURANA WATER RING - RIGHT PO
From the heart of the city & agrave; Este a circular route leads through the Ferrara countryside to Bondeno along a safe cycle path on two wheels, largely shaded. In the locality & agrave; di Bondeno the itinerary then joins the cycle path on the embankment of the river Po, the & ldquo; Destra Po & rdquo;, returning to the Castle of Ferrara.
RIGHT PO. BETWEEN CULTURE, NATURE AND LITERATURE
The cycling route Destra Po & egrave; the extraordinary itinerary that accompanies the great river in the last kilometers of its search for the sea. It starts from Stellata di Bondeno , on the western edge of the province of Ferrara, and reaches Gorino Ferrarese : the route runs along the right bank of the Po river and is; suitable for everyone, adults and children, for its characteristic flat pace. Right Po & egrave; included among the international itineraries of the Eurovelo project and constitutes an exciting adventure: while nature invites a thousand pleasant sensations, every place, every inhabited center has a story to tell, and offers small and large gifts that enrich not simply the holiday but & hellip; the baggage of life.