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Relive ‘ITA VRG 19 Ferrara-Traghetto’

Saturday 30° / 19 ° CSunday 26° / 18 ° CMonday 27° / 18 ° C
Place of Departure FERRARA
Place of Arrival TRAGHETTO
Length – KM
Nation of the route Italy
Region Emilia Romagna
Uphill Gap
Downhill Gap
CAI (Diff. Escurs.) E
Praticability FootBikeCity
File (.KMZ) to follow the way File .kmz
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FERRARA – Between the 7th and the 8th century, due to continued invasions which devastated Voghenza, the Bishop’s see was moved from this town to Borgo San Giorgio, situated on the right bank of the River Po, right opposite the 6th century Byzantine fort, which was on the left bank. This was the first settlement on the site of Ferrara, where is now the ancient cathedral of St Giorgio outside the walls. In the Romanesque age the city started its expansion on the opposite bank of the Po putting Borgo San Giorgio in the shadow. As a consequence the see of the Bishop was in 1135, moved inside the present Cathedral, in the centre of the city. These were the years in which the city begun to gain its autonomy which led to the birth of a Communal government in 12th century. The city started to expand on its territory and a number of monumental buildings were erected, such as the Cathedral, the Castle Estense, and the Municipal Palace. Also several new roads radiated from the original grid: Ripagrande and its parallel “service road” Via Capo delle Volte, skirting the bank of the Po. The Este Family governed the city unchallenged for almost three centuries, from the capital of a small but culturally active Regional State.

 After leaving the city of the medieval Este Family we shall walk along pleasant little roads and some of them unpaved, often running along canals. Our end of stage is a small village next to the embankment of the River Reno. The starting point of our stage is the castle of Ferrara. In fact Piazza Savonarola: leaving the moat of the castle on the right, we walk due south along Corso Martiri della Libertà, We pass the Cathedral, and straight on to Via Kennedy to the roundabout where we take Via Bologna, we cross the Po di Volano, a branch of the greater Po and walk along the cycling lane flanking the highway for 3,5 km, we then cross the railway and a second roundabout, till we find a traffic light in front of the church of Chiesuole del Fosso where we turn left on Via Sammartina. Straight ahead for 2,5 km, we pass over the super-highway and 400 m on we come to Via Chiesa. We turn left and walk for 500 m, then turn right for 700 m, again right for 250 m, then left for 900 m and  next to a farm we enter Via dell’Olmo. We follow this typical road of the lowland reclamation, with numerous drainage canals for 4,5 km and arrive in Via Pandolfina, which we cross, the we also cross Provincial Highway SP22, to continue along a second reclamation road: Via Cavo Ducale, on for 4 km and passing through the locality of Boschetto, we arrive at Marrara, a suburb of Ferrara, a typical village of the “lowlands”, the result of land gained through reclamation of marshes; Today a water pumping centre for various canals of the Po di Primaro; Here is considerable church dating back to 1392, then Villa Antonelli of the XVI century and an oratory of the Holy Spirit dated 1848. At Marrara we enter the Provincial Highway SP22 which we follow for a little less than 6 km, passing through Fornace Boari, with a short deviation, to St. Nicolò, Bova and Borgo Sacchi. At the crossroad with Via Fascinata, we turn left and cross the River Po di Primaro; We turn sharp to the right into Via Zenzalino which we follow for 700 m, we turn right on the embankment of the river and follow it for 2,5 km, often among rows of vines in vineyards and packes of oakland. We arrive at Ospedale Monacale, where we should visit a Museum of Peasant crafts in Villa Muratori, and the Delight of Est, Bevignante  (see the cicling tour “ANELLO DEI BORGIA“. 3,5 km more along the Po di Primaro and we will be at the ferry, after having arrived on the embankment on the right, at the end of our stage, with a possibility of an overnight stay at Molinella.

WARNING! in the wetlands of the plains provide yourself with products against mosquitoes

For the description of the route see the Guide of Simone Frignani end   Download File PDF

Bold type for structures we already used
Red type for structures we have an arrangement (with Credential*)
(*) Prices might change for special situations: please book early and ask for confirmation

How to arrive

Bologna Marconi airport ( > shuttle Bologna-FS Railway Station= (; tel. +39-051-290290 – Airport Shuttle Service:
Shuttle Service booking:
TRAIN – ( Bologna FS Railway Station – Ferrara FS Railway Station  
Verona-Catullo airport ( > shuttle Verona-FS Railway Station= (; tel. +39-045-8057811 – Airport Shuttle Service:
Shuttle Service booking:
TRAIN – ( Verona FS Railway Station – Padova – Ferrara FS Railway Station  
Milano-Orio al Serio airport ( > shuttle Bergamo-FS Railway Station = (; tel. +39-035-236026 – Airport Shuttle Service:
Shuttle Service booking:
TRAIN – ( Bergamo FS Railway Station – Padova – Ferrara FS Railway Station  
Venezia-MarcoPolo airport ( > shuttle Mestre -FS = (; tel. +39-0421-594672 – Airport Shuttle Service:
Shuttle Service booking:
TRAIN – ( Venezia-Mestre FS Railway Station – Padova – Ferrara FS Railway Station  

Where to eat

  TYPICAL DISHES = Emiliaromagnaturismo      
Via Arianuova,43 – 44100 FERRARA
Conad Via Don Giovanni Minzoni,5 – 44011 FERRARA      
Conad Via Giuseppe Garibaldi,51 – 44100 FERRARA      
Conad Via Giuseppe Garibaldi,51 – 44100 FERRARA      
Crai Via Nazionale, 96 – 44048 S.NICOLO’ – FE      
Despar Viale Cavour, 14 – 44100 FERRARA      
Albergo Boni via Imperiale, 8b – 44048 TRAGHETTO DI ARGENTA FE 051-882702
Hotel Mini Palace via Circonvallazione Sud,2 – 40062 MOLINELLA BO 051-881180
Camping and Agriturismo La Rocchetta Via Rocca, 69 – 44040 S. EGIDIO – FERRARA 0532-725824

Where to sleep

Bike Service


Pilgrim Service

 VISIT – EMILIA-ROMAGNA  logo-unione
I.A.T. FERRARA Largo Castello Estense – 44100 FERRARA 0532 209370
Tavalazzi Pamela – organizzatrice cammini via Gramsci, 8 – 44011 ARGENTA FE 338-6071909 – tavalazzi pamela

Photos from the Track

Ferrara and its Province