Expectations towards travel of any kind has grown. People who undertake the trip expect many things from it, starting with simple relax and finishing with a complete change of life. It’s OK to have your own plans regarding the journey however it needs to be reasonable to avoid disappointment.
After my full immersion in Italian traditional kitchen I thought I should learn some local history. Although I had a general idea of renaissance in Italy I wanted to know something more about the modern times. My Italian friends gave me two things: an old Italian movie titled La lunga notte del ’43 directed by Florestano Vancini (The long night in 1943), and a book Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini by Giorgio Bassani (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis). Both- the movie and the book- tell a story of Jewish population in Ferrara and their tragic story during the WW the 2nd.
Learning the modern history of Ferrara brought me to an extraordinary place: the Jewish Cemetery. In a sunny winter morning I entered this cemetery and took a series of pictures published above. Not far from the vibrant main square, full of noise and move, the cemetery brought me to the parallel world, full of memories and peace. I think it completes the story of Ferrara and if you ever visit this town I think it is worthy to enter this cemetery. Its beauty in the morning light when it is covered with yellow ginkgo leaves is pretty obvious. And powerful too.