Favorite thing: Even on such a simple thing as a window or door you can see the detail. Each door has its own arch first of bricks and then four rows of detailed carving... But here the windows look as if they were added later, there are elements that seem to be cut off which is usually a sure sign of a change in the structure.
Favorite thing: This beautiful building is today the city hall where couples get married. Our friends Lorenzo and Asli just last month got married there. In the far distance you can see the arched gate that guarded entrance into the old city.
This is the main street or square of Old Ferrara, you can see the city castle at the end of the square. All along the right side you can see where there were small shops and above the shops the residences of the shop owvners. But take special note of how few cars there are and how many bike riders. Ferrara is known as a city of bikes.
Fondest memory: Ferrara itself was founded around 750 AD near where the rivers Po, Volano and Primaro meet. It was a free city during the Middle ages and became the capitol city of Nicolo 3rd.
The arch over the entry to the church was graced with this "unknown soldier" fighting a dragon, could this be Saint George??
At the bottom there are a series of panels that appear to be telling a story. If anybody knows what that story is I would appreciate an update to put here.
Favorite thing: This is the church located in the main city square just alongside the castle downtown. The entrance friezes seemed to be quite "playful" and the detail was overwhelming. It seems that if there was a spare space, the order was lets fill it. The central figure appears to be a mother holding her baby, but both are wearing what appears to be "sun hats" or rays coming off their heads. There are also two sets of three columns, but the center column on each side looks out of place, unbalanced if you will. I found it odd with the huge effort put into this church that they would accept something that looks less than perfect, maybe it is just MY eye, you tell me.
Favorite thing: Now this is the new fangled idea and a great one it is. For those of us who ride bikes the city fathers of Ferrara have provided bike trails on the cobbled streets. You can see the asphalt trails on the two sides of the street. I believe there was a protest by the Dentists association....(see previous tip ;O))
The old cobbled streets are beautiful to see, and try to imagine the work that went into making such a street, no machines to lay down concrete or to dig up the foundations, just plain sweat and hard work. These streets are always quiet because the cars do not roar past, they glide slowly and if you happen to be walking in the middle of the road they will not even honk, it seems they are super polite here, great...
Fondest memory: There are many dentists living in Ferrara making a wonderful living....why you ask.
Ferrara is known as the "city of bikes" and we did see bike riders of all ages and hundreds of them. But then try seeing in your minds eye riding a bike on the cobbled streets.....up,down, bump, down, bump, drop, up, bump.....yes friends if you are a dentist try Ferrara for a great career (or if that is not for you be a bike repairman ;O)))))
Favorite thing: I know, I know, every place we visit has a "story", well they do and this does....This is the "Diamond House" in Ferrara. Lorenzo told us the legend about this house. You have noticed that the building is covered with "bumps" in the shape of diamonds...Well legend has it that the builder placed a very large and expensive diamond in one of the diamond shaped bumps. As you walk around the building you will notice a lot of the diamonds broken off. Well I wonder what they expected if you start a legend like that?? Bring your hammer and don't get caught (only kidding here).
Favorite thing: When Lorenzo and Alsi took us on a walking tour of Ferrara we stopped at this small park in old Ferrara and aside from it being a nice spot to take a break or read a book, Lorenzo explained that it also has a special use once each year. It looks like race track for a reason, because it is on. They spread hay on the track to make it more resiliant and then race horses here each year. Don't sit too close to the racers...