Cimitero Ebraico di Ferrara, Ferrara

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  • The Jewish cemetery of Ferrara housed for about 4 centuries, into a more beautiful, quiet and green city, in place of the ancient garden of Jews. It is accessed from via delle Vigne through the caretaker's House and not by the majestic entrance gate. The caretaker's House is located beside the main gate and you need to ring the Bell to get in. It is open every day except Saturday and Jewish holidays. Bring a hat. The cemetery is between the walls of the angels, the monumental Charterhouse, the area called Ferrara countryside and the village of corso porta mare. The area, which has an area of about 6 hectares, is partly grassland and partly covered by large trees. The most ancient tombs, spread unevenly within the area, date back to the ' 800 because the cemetery was plundered in ' 700 and part dei marmi reused in town. Here is buried the writer from Ferrara Giorgio Bassani. It is a pleasant visit, the silence is absolute and do not see anything on the outside except the Bell Tower of the Church of san Cristoforo della certosa, then you could imagine being in another era. The gravestones are left mostly abandoned, overgrown with Ivy, mosses and lichens, which makes it feel even more magical. An obligatory stop for tourists for those who live in the city.
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  • Despite being in the city, near the Center, already seems to be in the country. Is the cemetery of the Jewish community of Ferrara, who for centuries lived in Ferrara, since the time of Ercole d'Este.
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  • Ringing the Bell, opens an elderly caretaker very friendly and helpful staff that gives directions to the visit, suggesting the best route. Crossing the threshold opens a vast green area, with recent burials which seem to have decades of life: vegetation prevailed in respect of Jewish culture. Interesting the tomb of Bassani, made from tomato. Deserve attention too the other graves, especially some with mosaic decorations scattered here and there, for those who want to linger longer. Do not ask for admission but free offer. Only "problem": being in a residential area you will struggle to find a place, but worth the walk.
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  • It is a Jewish cemetery as there are others in Italy. However, two special features. the first is a large green lawn without distinguishing features. the door (you have to ring the Bell to get open and be able to access) explains that the bodies of the deceased below, once deprived of gravestones, which were taken as contempt and served to build other artifacts in the city. the second is the tomb of Giorgio Bassani, with a sculpture by Arnaldo Pomodoro. Bassani was the author of the book which was made into the film "Il giardino dei Finzi Contini".
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  • Fascinating place and at the same time load of meditations, I found by chance to visit it in the "day of remembrance", and this has particularly contributed to immerse myself in an environment that he brought back to mind and catapulted into the atmosphere of poems by Edgar Lee Masters, his "Spoon River anthology", I appreciate deeply and calmly the incredible crowd of sensations that in an open mind can result from this meeting. I was fascinated. Not least gather at the graves of the Finzi-Continis, 1970 actual film directed by Vittorio De Sica, based on the novel by Giorgio Bassani.
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  • A gloomy afternoon in February, after a heavy rain in the morning, so we had to walk a long time in the wide spaces of the cemetery. You play the caretaker, this open, does sign the register, asks you to cover their heads with the skullcap and then open to the visit, indicating the route to reach the spot where he buried Giorgio Bassani cemetery is an oasis of absolute peace, green areas invite contemplation and meditation, groups of tombs tell stories that resonate long in thoughts A must-visit place, opening the mind and letting your thoughts flow freely through it. A graveyard from which you come out alive.
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  • Nice how many Jewish cemeteries, but too much foliage on the graves. Little maintenance. To enter you must ring the caretaker
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  • Holy place but not at all taken care of. Graves dirty, black and covered with leaves, reeking of excrement. Shame really
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