Ferrara, a city of 130,000 located on the Po river in the Emilia Romagna region is only 30 minutes by train from Bologna and one hour from Venice. Few tourists have discovered Ferrara’s charms, which include magnificent art and architecture from the medieval, Renaissance, and modern eras, and the finest classic Italian cuisine. This former independent city-state emerged in the second half of the twentieth century as a vibrant agricultural and industrial trading center. Ferrara’s historic center, a favorite walking venue, is filled with monuments, palazzos, cafes, and a renowned cathedral. Bicycles are a primary means of transportation, giving the center the feel of a small and friendly community. Ferrara's museums, exhibitions, festivals, and theater reflect its rich artistic, musical, and cultural heritage, which continues to grow and make it an ideal location for immersion into Italian life and culture.
The University of Ferrara
Middlebury's host institution, the Università degli Studi di Ferrara, which is also located in this part of the city, was first established in 1391 and today enrolls over 16,000 students.