The City of the Renaissance, as Ferrara is sometimes called, is a historic city of approximately 130,000 people in the northeast of Italy. The city's beauty and history led UNESCO to declare it a World Heritage Site and expatriates living in Ferrara will find themselves surrounded by architectural beauty at every turn. Popular sites include the Estense Castle, which sits grandly in a full-size moat, the elaborate Duamo – the city's cathedral – and the Diamond Palace, which gets its name from its unique style of stonework. The city is a maze of beautiful side streets, colonnades and squares, and expats living in Ferrara will find themselves frequently discovering new details in this exquisitely built city. It has a great modern buzz as well as a historic one, though, and expatriates in Ferrara will be spoilt for choice of great food, atmospheric bars and quintessentially Italian cafés. Whether you're a fan of history, culture, food or nightlife, this is a city to savor.
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The northwest of Italy is one of the most well-connected regions in Europe, and expatriates moving to Ferrara have plenty of travel options for getting there. The best option for getting to the city is by train, and for approximately €8 you can get there from one of several major Italian cities served by international airports. There is plenty of general information on the InterNations website for expats moving to Ferrara who wish to read more on expatriation topics ranging from expat finance and insurance to living abroad and cross-cultural communication. Much of this is in our Expat Magazine, although expats in Ferrara can also get 'on the ground' tips and information from our sizeable collection of articles written by other InterNations members living abroad in similar destinations, as well as by directly getting in touch with members of our platform who are living in Ferrara or another Italian city.
The area around Ferrara is Italy's most industrialized region and the 'City of the Renaissance' has seen a rebirth of its own in industrial activity in recent years. The city has a busy business life and expatriates in Ferrara will find the environs, climate and city buzz a fantastic environment in which to be based. There is also plenty for expats working in Ferrara to enjoy after hours, including a wide range of bars, restaurants and cafés. You may of course want to get in touch with other expatriates working in Ferrara, and the simplest way to do this is through our discussion groups, forums and private communications on the InterNations website. These are a popular way for our expatriate members to get in touch with other global minds and the international communities in their host cities – and whether to socialize, network or organize a meet-up, InterNations will help you to enjoy the process of settling in, getting in touch with the local international community and discovering this wonderful city.