Our last visit during our trip to Italy was Ferrara.
I’ve never seen a more stunning medieval town! I love when I get to see places in my own country that I have never seen before!
The town was beautifully elegant, and so its inhabitants on bikes (and on foot too!).
The Romanesque Cathedral, against a magnificent blue sky! (it was 27 celsius on the 25th of Sept!!).
Ferrara City Hall
Bike parking ‘au naturel’! Love how bikes are an integral part of city life here.
And Ferrra’s people and their bikes! I took these photos in just 10min, while sitting on a marble bench eating ice cream, and this is just a selection, there was a continous stream of bikes.
There is no definite cycling infrastructure in Ferrara, the bike is just intrinsic to city life, it’s an easy mode of transport, gentle, slow and social (lots of friends, couples etc chatting while cycling!). Cars still do exist, but as we were walking down the streets of the town, outside the historical centre, we saw households had bikes everywhere, locked to gutter pipes, inside garages, in courtyards and so on. I’m beginning to learn and understand that cycling, to be successful in cities/towns, has to definitely be a cultural thing first and foremost.
I couldn’t recommend enough a visit to this region, Emilia Romanga, and the national rail system as it is still running fantastically and at low cost (yay for nationalised rail network!). To give you an idea, a return ticket from Bologna to Ferrara was 8euro (!), which is equivalent to £7. Ferrara is 43km (27miles) from Bologna, so the trip costed us 8p a mile![all photos are by yours truly ©NaturallyCyclingManchester. If you want to reproduce any image please ask, cheers!]