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TRAVEL ITINERARY 11

FERRARA

Walking around “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis”

The famous book by Giorgio Bassani entitled “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” made the vitality of Jewish Ferrara in the early 20th century known all over the world. At that time Jews represented the city’s intellectual élite but in less than 20 years they had to suffer the tragic consequences of racial laws and German occupation in Italy..

To remember this centuries-old presence, in 2010 the city chose to organize a yearly event, called “The Fair of Jewish Books in Italy”, which takes place between April and May. The response has been positive and it has grown over the years attracting more and more curious people and experts in Hebraism.

THE ITINERARY TWISTS AND TURNS THROUGH THE STREETS OF THE CHARMING ANCIENT CENTRE OF FERRARA, WHICH IS DOMINATED BY THE IMPOSING ESTE CASTLE THAT DATES BACK TO THE 14TH CENTURY. WE WILL STOP IN PLACES WHICH PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF THE PRESENCE OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THE CITY.
IN CONCLUSION, WE CANNOT MISS A VISIT TO “THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ITALIAN HEBRAISM AND SHOAH”. IT WAS FORMED IN 2003 BY THE MINISTER OF CULTURAL HERITAGE AND ACTIVITIES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FERRARA COUNCIL, CDEC (FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CONTEMPORARY DOCUMENTATION CENTER) AND UCEI (UNION OF ITALIAN JEWISH COMMUNITIES).

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