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Visit Ferrara, Italy: Art, History and Beauty of Renaissance

Visit and discover Ferrara, a beautiful Renaissance city and UNESCO World Heritage Site: discover one of the most beautiful cities of Italy. Walk-in "Old City" Ferrara, then go by the street Via Delle Volte. Have a pause, take coffee then head to Cattedrale di San Giorgio and then visit the palace of the Palazzo Skifanoia, wherein explore the Salone dei Mesi (Salon of the Months): one the most secret paradise of North Italy and so on ...

You will agree that even in the most modest city in Italy there can be something magical. Although the city of Ferrara is not a small city, it is famous for its almost 9 km long ancient walls. A city with palaces from the 14th and 15th centuries and stunning cathedrals are ideal for romantic walks in the center. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Ferrara was a city equal in value to Milan, Florence, and Venice.

Ferrara is located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, located on the territory of a large plain in the Po River Valley, 50 km from the sea. Ferrara is a magnificent city of art and one of the capitals of the Renaissance.

One of the highlights of Ferrara is its architecture and layout, which froze between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. To feel the past, just take a city tour or take a walk along with the long Via Delle Volte or other old streets of the old town. Here, under the feet, are old cobblestones, and above your head are the passages between the buildings, which form a series of arched tunnels. Delle Volte, unlike many such picturesque medieval streets, is not oversaturated with shops and other tourist attractions.

To discover the beauty of the city of Ferrara and feel the soul of the old city, you will need to walk to the historic center of Ferrari, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The historical center has largely preserved its medieval appearance and layout in the Renaissance style.

The brightest page in the history of Ferrara is connected with the dukes of d'Este: this highly educated, aristocratic family, striving for luxury and self-assertion, built magnificent buildings here during the Renaissance. Generation d'Este ruled the city of the 3rd century.
The main attraction of Ferrera, dating from the Middle Ages, remains the Cathedral of San Giorgio (Cattedrale di San Giorgio, XII century), dedicated to St. Ferrara George.

The Italian apiector and sculptor Master Nicolaus, who worked in the 12th century, built the cathedral to the first level of galleries - only the central nave towered above the others.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the western façade received that exquisite decoration that we see today, but, paying tribute to the talent of Nikolaus, the newly built portal preserved the Romanesque entrance that he built.

Initially, the main was considered non-Western entrance, and the south, facing the trade area. It was called the Pilgrim Gate (Porta dei Pellegrini), as it ended via San Romano (Via San Romano), which starts from the port on the Po River. The wanderers who sailed past Ferrara came to bow to St. George. Another name for the southern portal is the Gate of the Months (Porta dei Mesi): it is decorated with figures of people engaged in a certain business according to the calendar.
Ferrara amazes many tourists with its unobtainable and mysterious castles.  Casa Romei dating back to the 15th century is among these beautiful palaces. The palace where Lucrezia Borgia lived after her wedding with the Duke Alfonso d’Este in 1502. The interiors have not survived but in the halls you can see the frescoes and sculptures of the Renaissance.

Another no less beautiful palace is the Palazzo Skifanoia.
The castle began to be built in 1385 under the Marquis of Alberto d'Este V. But the decisive role in the fate of the main residence of Estense was played by the Marquis of Borso (1413-1471), who expanded the work not only for the renovation but also for the decoration of the palace, which attracted a lot of them - Pietro Benvenuti degli Ordini and Biagio Rossetti. He ordered the construction of the so-called Salon of the Months - the Marquis expected from the pope the awarding of the title of Duke of Ferrara (which happened in 1471) and prepared a luxurious hall for the celebration.
Walls with a length of 540 m2 were painted with frescoes dedicated to 12 months of the year, and the topic is read both vertically and horizontally. The highest strip represents the mythological cycle according to the astrological treatises of that era.
At the second level, you can distinguish the symbols of the zodiac signs in the circle of triads (small constellations). The following are scenes from the life of Borso d’Este himself, where his acts of different years are depicted, which are located by the months in which they took place.

Palazzo dei Diamanti
The only secular structure awarded the marble cladding in Ferrara is the Palazzo dei Diamanti (1492). The name is translated as “The Diamond Palace” and is associated with the fact that the facade of the building is decorated with 8500 stones resembling faceted diamonds. Now the National Art Gallery is located in the palace building (Pinacoteca Nazionale), where the works of artists from Ferrara from the Middle Ages to the XVIII century are exhibited.

Palio Ferrara
The traditional races of the "palio" in Ferrara were first mentioned in the code of laws of 1279. They were attended by men, women, and riders on unbridled and bareback horses and donkeys. On the frescoes (XV century) of the Palazzo Skifanoia in the Salon of the Months, in the sector dedicated to April, you can see the participants of the palio, and the Duke of Borso d’Este - in the head of the jury.  

The Biggest Airport in the World 2020

Istanbul's new airport is located 35 km from the city. This is the aviation center of Europe of the future. Its opening is the main aviation event this year: a mega-hap that expands opportunities today and lays strong foundations for the growth of air travel over the next decade. This project is striking in its scale. This is the biggest airport under one crunch.

 

  • Area - 1 million 30 thousand square meters.
  • Duty-free shops occupy about 52 thousand square meters.
  • The area of the business lounge is 22 thousand square meters.
  • 500 drains in one huge hall of unification on 13 islands of registration,
  • 22 passport control booth
  • 143 teletraps and exactly so many flights will be served through teletrap,
  • 500 aircraft parking spaces
  • 900 million passengers a year
  • 200 million passengers per year total capacity
  • 3 parallel tracks - runways at the time of opening
  • 6 runways by 2025
  • 460 rooms at the airport hotel

 

Investments in the project amounted to 10.2 billion dollars.

 

In the first 25 years of operation, it will bring a profit of $ 22.2 billion.

  • 143 sleeves at the terminals
  • Flights to 350 destinations
  • Security will be provided by 3,500 guards and 6,000 surveillance cameras.
  • The harbour can simultaneously host 114 aircraft.

 

A luggage system with a length of 42 km is capable of handling 28.9 thousand units of goddess per hour, 77 boarding gates, 114 self-check-in kiosks, 51 self-service check-in kiosks.

 

311 parking spaces have been created for aircraft parking and in the future, their number will be up to 500 units.

 

A bus service was organized for the delivery of the passengers. This year the construction of a new metro line will end. Around the airport, there will be large parking lots with an area of 40 thousand mosquitoes.

 

After landing in the globes, the high tower of the dispatch center is filled with the shape of a Tulipan, a project that received the main international architectural award in 2016.

 

In 2023, the airport will become not only the largest, but also the most advanced in terms of technology. It will have about 3 thousand screens and monitors installed, along with cutting-edge technology including an automatic decision-making system, smart kiosks, automatic queue management systems, check-in counters and bogey durable devices. For passengers arriving from EU countries, safety control is excluded when transferring to other flights.

Kotor, Preveza, Osijek

Kotor - “Little Venice”, Montenegro

Kotor is one of the oldest cities in Montenegro, located on the limestone cliffs of Mount Lovcen on the Adriatic Sea. In the medieval Old Town, surrounded by a fortified wall, the traveler will find many squares, winding streets and several Romanesque churches, including the Romanesque-Gothic style of St. Tryphon Cathedral, built in the 11th century. The city owes its appearance to the Venetians, who have owned it for 400 years. In the Old Town, there is also the Maritime Museum, dedicated to the history of local navigation. Jump on a boat and visit the artificial island of the Lady of the Cliffs or climb the Venetian castle to enjoy a comprehensive view of the city. In the bay near the town of Perast, there are two small islands, on one of which, the island of St. George, stands an ancient abbey. In the most remote part of the bay is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the old city of Kotor. One of the best-preserved attractions in the region, which has rich cultural traditions. The city was built like a labyrinth for defensive purposes. The streets are narrow, at every step you may see either a 12th-century church, or a 13th-century fortress, or a palace. Untouched by wars and cataclysms, it seems to be frozen somewhere in the distant past. And only a multilingual crowd of tourists, umbrellas of street cafes and snow-white cruise ships in the Old Port tell us that it is already the 21th century in the courtyard. Now the city is becoming one of the largest tourism centers in Montenegro.
Preveza, Island City in Epirus, Greece
The fishing village of Preveza appeared in the 11th century. Preveza was first mentioned in 1292. This small but modern city is located in Amvrakikos Bay, in a picturesque historical center, where there are paved streets and pedestrian paths with taverns and cafes. The port has a beautiful promenade where locals love to walk, and the city boasts a cultural and artistic life, where numerous events are often held. The biggest sights include the city of victory Nikopolis built by Octavian Augustus, founded by the emperor in 31 BC in honour of the victory over Anthony and Cleopatra in the famous naval battle at Aktsium, as well as the remains of the Oracle of the dead, where, according to the ancient Greeks, could meet with the dead. In addition, the traveler will discover such unique memorials as the Venetian tower with a sundial next to the church of St. Harlampy, which is decorated with a carved iconostasis, the church of St. Athanasius with icons of 1780, the Pantocrator castle with the chapel of the same name, built-in 1807 by Ali Pasha to control the entrance to the Gulf of Amvraki. From Preveza by hydrofoil you can get to neighbouring Kefalonia, Lefkas, Paxos, as well as the legendary Ithaca. For tourists who love to sunbathe, miles of beautiful and not crowded beaches in the Canal are waiting for this loveliest corner of the world, and for lovers of seafood, they will be delighted with caviar from the Ambracian Bay, pie with onions and fried snapper in garlic sauce.
Osijek, Croatia
Situated on the Drava River, Osijek boasts elegant architecture, a18th century restored fortified center (Tvrda), perfect for a day of exploration, the magnificent St. Peter and St. Paul Church and an extensive network of coastal walkways. Osijek is the fourth largest city in Croatia. The city has more than 2000 years’ history. Over the course of two millennia of history, the city fell from hand to hand and was completely destroyed several times, and then was rebuilt again from scratch. As a result of the 18th century Turkish-Austrian wars, the city was captured from the side of Austo-Hungary and came under the rule of the Habsburgs. In 1721, a castle in the Baroque style was built in the place of the destroyed city, and the city has already begun to grow rapidly. The city is famous for its picturesque old city with charming streets and large squares, in which you can find several impressive sights: a monumental cathedral, an old fortress, a column of St. Trinity. Osijek can be divided into five districts: Tvrđa, Upper Town (Gornji Grad), Lower Town, New Town and industrial zone. The main attractions are located in the Upper Town and the fortress of Tvrda, where the fortress of the Baroque period is well matched. There is the church of St. Michael in the fortress. Osijek attracts the attention of travelers and parishioners from different corners of the world with their small cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. The cathedral is a typical classic neo-Gothic church. It is built of stone and lined with red brick. The plan has the shape of a Latin cross, the interior is divided into three naves. In Osijek, many buildings of the Austrian period in the Baroque style have survived. Food and drink belong to the so-called Kitchen of Slavonia. This is a kind of synthesis of Austrian, Hungarian and Croatian cuisine. Croatian food is a result of the unique historical development of Croatian cuisine. The culinary traditions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire had a great influence on the cuisine of Slavonia, but the Hungarian influence is felt more clearly. Meat and fish dishes in these places are served with gravy, flavoured with paprika. Most often, river fish is prepared, caught in the Drava river. Be sure to try at least some kulen snacks that these places are famous for. This is smoked salami sausage, abundantly seasoned with paprika and chilli. Often, it is served with sweet pepper, tomatoes and pickled vegetables (tursija) or with soft, mild cheese. Popular traditional dishes: kulen (spicy sausages), fish stew with noodles and paprika, čobanac (stew), gulas (meat goulash), šnitzl (schnitzel), river fish (catfish, carp). In Osijek, there is the oldest brewery in Croatia called Osječko, which was founded in 1687.

LEGENDARY HOTEL DE PARIS MONTE-CARLO WITH WORLD-CLASS SERVICES

The legendary Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo sits in the heart of Monaco’s fast-paced city with Mediterranean harbour views. The hotel set in a building dating from 1864 in Monte Carlo. Discover the understated, luxurious charm of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. Everything about this landmark palace screams over-the-top decadence, from its three-Michelin-starred Louis XV - Alain Ducasse restaurant to the world’s largest wine cellar. It offers an unrivalled experience, combining the magic of a legendary hotel with leading-edge luxury services and an exceptional array of activities in its establishments including the Opéra Garnier, Casino de Monte-Carlo, and Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo.