Ferrara, population 132,000, is only 50 kilometers northeast of Bologna, so it was a short trip by train, only 30 minutes, and a short walk of 15 minutes into town. It was around 3 p.m. when we entered the city center, and the restaurants and trattorias were closed for lunch, so we had a really bad microwaved lunch at a small cafe.
Because Maggie was leaving the next day and needed to go back early to finish packing, we didn't do a lot of sightseeing. We did spend some time browsing around Castello Estense, a 14th century medieval castle in the center of the city.
Complete with moat....
And drawbridge...(introducing Maggie)
And internal courtyard.
There is also a very beautiful 14th century cathedral in the main piazza of Ferrara, Basilica Cathedrale di San Giorgio.
We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, so I borrowed these photos from the Internet.
After treating ourselves to a delicious gelato, we headed back to the train station and Bologna.
Short trip, short blog!