Portomaggiore is a small city in Ferarra that used to be a major port throughout history. It was known as Portus Maior in the ancient times. It was first mentioned in 896 CE. The major attraction of the city is the Delizia del Verginese – a medieval palace of the Duke of Ferrara. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Oasis of Porto is a water attraction that makes for an excellent picnic-spot. It is an excellent idea to rent a bike and launch into a self-discovery of this city at leisure.