Ferrara

I have now visited Ferrara twice. The first time was over Thanksgiving with my friend Gabrielle (which I had yet to blog about), and now again with my family just before Christmas. It was interesting to see the abrupt changes in a city from seasons – the amount of decorations nearly doubled! Ferrara is a beautiful city, famous for its castle (where both Garibaldi and Vittorio Emmanuele spent the night), its wonderful food, and its museums. When Gebrielle and I went, it was to see an exhibit of works by Modigliani, Dali, and Picasso, though we also took the time to get a good Ferrarese lunch of cappellacci di zucca (a pumpkin-filled pasta – delicious!) and tour the castle.
When I went back with my family, we tried to go to that same restaurant, but got there just as it was closing for lunch, so instead we ate at a local Sicilian place that was quite good. We wound up sitting there for over two hours, though, so our sightseeing was limited.

The side of Ferrara's castle, all encased in fog. Couldn't you just see yourself staying here for the night if you were a passing conqueror?

A Ferrarese street.

The market, full of excellent Christmas goodies.

My lunch. So yummy!

Me with Gabrielle at the castle.

I have to include these because I thought they were so so cool.

So so cool.

The banner from the exhibition we saw.

Ferrara's Christmas tree, which went up sometime between Thanksgiving and my trip there with my parents.

Ferrara's gorgeous basilica. According to signs inside the castle, the entire basilica was moved several meters over when one of the local lords decided he wanted to expand the castle's space in the city. Can you imagine moving this entire thing, facade and all?

The carousel inside the castle's courtyard, all lit up at night.

And finally, my Dad enjoying some cannonballs. Didn't I mention his love of all things medieval?

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Ora, ho vistato a Ferrara due volte. La prima era circa il giorno di ingraziamento, con Gabrielle, e la seconda, con la famiglia vicino al Natale. Ferrara è una bella città con un castello molto vecchio (dove ha passato la notte i due Garibaldi e Vittorio Emmanuele), un museo meraviglioso, un mercato carino, ed il cibo delisioso. La specialtà di Ferrara e cappellacci di zucca (un tipo di pasta analogo a tortelle, ma rotondo) e un dolce si chiama pampepato, una torta di cioccolato che contiene i noci e la frutta secca. Il pane tipico e coppia ferrarese, un tipo di panino che forma un x (o una croce, dipende la prospettiva.)

Gabrielle e io siamo andate là da vedere un’esposizione delle opera di Modigliani, Picasso, e Dalí. Abbiamo visitato anche il castello, ma solo dopo abbiamo mangiato il pranzo tipico ferrarese – i cappellacci di zucca. Erano meravigliosi!
Quando sono andata con la famiglia, è stata simile. Abbiamo vistato il castello, ed abbiamo mangiato il pranzo, ma non ho trovato il ristorante sino all’ora di chiusura della cucina. Invece abbiamo trovato un altro posto, colla cucina siciliana, ed era magnifico.


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