SO YOU MISSED Your chance to visit Venice, Paris and Barcelona without the crowd right after the first waves of the pandemic. Do not worry. Here are nine alternative places that promise to be relatively quiet this summer, although tourism to Italy, France and Spain is expected to reach or exceed COVID-19. And while inflation is also rising in Europe, the dollar is hovering around a five-year high against the euro, meaning the US currency has greater relative purchasing power on the continent than in recent years. Take a look at one of these low places from the Jet Set trail and you will find serious offers.
1. Ferrara: Renaissance and ravioli art
Three centuries of the reign of the educated D’Este family left this city, located on the plain between Venice and Bologna, with an intriguing Renaissance heritage. Walking around Ferrari is taking a step back in time. A good place to start is Piazza Trento and Trieste, the heart of the city where the Ferrari Cathedral is located. From here you can walk to other sights of the city in a few minutes: the 14th-century Estense Castle, the Renaissance Palace of Diamanti and the Via delle Volte, a winding cobbled alley that runs under the vaults that connect the buildings on each side. Don’t leave the regional specialty dish without trying Cappellacci di zucca (pumpkin dumplings). A 45-minute drive takes you to Comacchio, a village with a network of canals much smaller but no less picturesque than Venice.