Ferrara is a city in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara. It is situated 50 km north-northeast of Bologna, on the Po di Volano, a branch channel of the main stream of the Po River, located 5 km north. The town has broad streets and numerous palaces dating from the 14th century and 15th century, when it hosted the court of the House of Este. For its beauty and cultural importance it has been qualified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. Modern times have brought a renewal of industrial activity. In 2006, due to its important historical significance, Ferrara became the headquarters of the Italian Hermitage Museum. It is the fifth city in the world to have been linked with the Russian museum. From this union was born the Hermitage-Italy Foundation

1. General Information :

Population: 135.000

Location: Italy

Official Website:

Twinned with:

  • Capodistria (Slovenia),
  • Giessen and Kaufbeuren (Germany),
  • Kallithea (Greece),
  • Krasnodar (Russia),
  • Lleida (Spain),
  • Prague (Czech Republic),
  • Sarajevo (Bosnia Herzegovina),
  • Saint Etienne (France),
  • Swansea (UK),
  • Szombathely  (Hungary)

2. The city in our network :

The city and Efus:

Member since: 2000

Member of the Executive Committee: 2001-2004


  • International Conference Security, Democracy and Cities, Saragossa, Spain, November 4th-6th 2006
  • General Assembly Piacenza, Italy, June 10th 2005
  • Meeting “Towards the establishment of a European Observatory for Crime Prevention”, co organised by the Council of Europe, May 11th 2004
  • Inauguration of  EFUS’ offices in Brussels, October 29th 2003
  • Naples 2000: International Conference on Safety and Democracy, Naples, Italy, 7th-9th December 2000

The City and the Italian Forum

Participated in:



  • Seminar : “Urban Development and Security: presentation of the guide. Community Safety: social prevention, mediation and support community integration processes. Local elected officials and the new administrative aspects and contents”, 22nd and 23rd January 2009
  • “Youth and the city, comparing experiences” 10th and 11th October 2002
  • General Assembly, Ferrara 10th and 11th October 2002

3. Practice Forms :