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Ferrara city UNESCO's heritage
Ferrara was an important medieval core, but also one of the most sumptuous Renaissance court in Europe. Thanks to Este's politic the city saw an urban growth: the Este governed the city for more than 3 centuries, leaving a personal sign both in the tight and curvy streets in the medieval area or in the perfect geometry of the Renaissance city. Inside the city walls, 9 kilometers long, you can find marvellous palaces, historical churches and important museums, that you can easily visit both by walking or by cycling.
In the medieval city center, it rises the magnificent Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral, while near the bell tower you can visit the famous Jewish Ghetto, with its misterious and silent medieval streets, which merge in the ancient Via delle Volte, characterized by two kilometers of arches. Always in the city center, it rises impressive Estense Castle, characterized by four towers which overlook on the big water moat. Past the Castle, walking along Corso Ercole I d'Este, the most beautiful boulevard of Europe, it opens the “Addizione Erculea”, ambitious Renaissance project which made Ferrara the first European modern city, whose cornerstone is Palazzo dei Diamanti, famous for its marble ashlar which characterizes its façade.
Not to be missed Palazzo Schifanoia, famous biggest pagan frescos cycle in Europe, painted by the best painters in Ferrara during the XV century; Palazzo Costabili, called “di Ludovico il Moro”, headquarters of the National Archaelogical Museum, in which are exhibited valuable finds discovererd during the excavation of the Etruscan city of Spina; and the Casa Romei Museum, one the best preserved examples of Renaissance palace. Not so far, there are the city walls, full of vegetation, where you can walk or cycle.
During the year, in Ferrara, there are so many events, from art exhibitions in the principal city's museum, to the Ferrara's Palio (the most ancient in the whole world), to the Carnival, which in Ferrara becomes a real cultural event with the Este's Carnival. Finally, the “Internazionale a Ferrara” Festival, which lasts three days, makes the historic centre a meeting place for hundreds of journalists, that talk about current events thanks to conferences, laboratories, cinema, music and much more.
MEIS - Beyond the Ghetto. Inside&Outside (29/10/2021-15/05/2022)
The exhibition recalls Italian Jews' history from the first ghetto in Venice in 1516 to the starting of XIX century. The exposition debates crucial moments in modern history seen from Jewish experience's point of view, built and told thanks to mixed materials and works coming from all over Italy and abroad. This expositive project's peculiarity is the willing in completing the itinerary with objects that prove Jews daily life, such as Aron Ha-Qodesh door or personal dedication proofs.
Palazzina Marfisa d'Este - Beyond the gaze (20/02/2022-12/06/2022)
The exhibition is a journey through Arianna Di Romano's lens, talented photographer. The artist eternalized faces and situations which deeply captured her attention through the places in which she realized her reportage, among South-East Asia, Romania, Poland, Serbia and Bosnia, not forgetting her land of birth, Sardinia. The focus is on "tough" lives, such as the ones of marginalized, poor and homeless persons.
Castle - Ferrara's dream. Adelchi Riccardo Mantovani (05/03/2022-09/10/2022)
The exhibition wants the audience to learn about the illusory, poetic and exciting world of Ferrara's artist, recollecting for the first time his whole career with more than a hundred works. Born in Ro Ferrarese in 1942, in the 80s he reached his apex in progress, with a style linked to Italian Renaissance in a hand and De Chirico's metaphysics in the other hand, Delvaux' surrealism and magic realism.
Palazzo Bonacossi - Fakes. From Alceo Dossena to fakes Modigliani (07/04/2022-31/07/2022)
The exhibition studies the thrilling chapter of fakes in art through Alceo Dossena's (1878-1937) masterpieces, Giovanni Battistini's works, the most well-known sculptor-counterfeiter in XIX century, Icilio Federico Joni and Umberto Giunti with their golden-bottom panels and finally heads' joke by Pietro Luridiana, Pier Francesco Ferrucci and Michele Ghelarducci, heads that were thought to be realized by Modigliani.