The province of Ferrara is located in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. It is actually the province with the largest extension of natural reserves and protected areas in the entire region. It also contains the largest and most complex swamps in all of Italy. Besides all this natural beauty, the province is rich in historical monuments as well. Check out the “Delizie Estensi”, a series of 19 villas, hunting cabins and summer estates of the powerful Este family, which were constructed between the 1300's and the 1500's. The “Delizie” have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also visit the Abbazia di Pomposa, in the town of Codigoro; this is a 9th century abbey and one of the most important religious structures in northern Italy. Head to the capital city of the province, also called Ferrara, to see one of the most impressive castles in Italy, the Castello di San Michele; it was built in 1385 and is the only Italian castle that today still has a moat full of water. If you happen to end up in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna, Ferrara may be the perfect place to visit.
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