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Provincia di Ferrara

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  • Day195

    Portomagiorre

    January 7, 2017 in Italy

    Today was a good day. The journey allowed us to see
    Coypu swimming along a drainage ditch as well as pheasants in the fields and kestrels and buzzards perched on posts or in flight. Now that Epiphany was over, the petrol stations were open and we were able to fill up with gas, putting our minds at rest about keeping warm. Italy seems not to allow self service at LPG pumps and we pay on the forecourt instead of in the shop.

    We found a water tap that wasn't frozen or turned off amd were happy to pay €2 to fill up and empty. To cap it off, there was a launderette at Portomaggiore, just 10 minutes from where we stayed, so we got a fortnight's washing clean and dry in a few hours, instead of having to hand wash and air dry it over a several days.

    On the road we are constantly thinking of where we'll find the next facilities and it is always a relief to know we have a while before the next services are needed.

    The stopover was next to a park and a graveyard. We've noticed many cemeteries so far in Italy have had tall walls with compartments. We assume the deceased are placed in these compartments, as opposed to being buried underground. We don't know whether this is a regional practice that has something to do with the flat and frequently waterlogged land or whether it is done like this all over Italy.

    The best thing about the park was its dog garden that was just 10m from the van. Vicky got to watch all sorts of dogs being walked and playing in the fenced off area and Poppy found a lot of interest in all the different smells!
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  • Day323

    Day 324: Ferrara

    January 4 in Italy

    Next up on the day-trip list is Ferrara, to the north-east of Bologna. Up and out at much the same time, on the train by 9:30 and arriving in Ferrara around 10am.

    This is one of those frustratingly vague world heritage sites, where it's lauded for "Renaissance town planning", but then many of the landmarks are pre-Renaissance. We had a look at the ruling family's palace, which was actually more of a castle complete with moat and drawbridges (they were justifiably paranoid after a revolt caused several gruesome deaths), then had a look at the central squares, the usual churches and town hall landmarks.

    The last part was the Renaissance town planning, which included long wide straight streets, leading to pleasing visual aspects. Not the most exciting subject for a video! But we did our best. Had lunch at a nice little cafe, where I had a couple of small focaccias and Shandos had a panini.

    Back to Bologna by 2pm where we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and doing a bit of planning for upcoming weeks. Went out for dinner in the evening without Schnitzel, and headed to a semi-fancy place we'd seen the other night. Lashed out on a typical Italian meal of pasta course, meat course, dessert course and a bottle of red wine. Food was fantastic - I had a similar pasta dish to the tagliatelle al ragu, and then beef cheeks in red wine sauce. Delicious!

    Leaving Bologna tomorrow!
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  • Day19

    Ferrara

    December 1, 2017 in Italy

    After almost 3 weeks of walking an average of 14km a day, we managed the transfer of accommodations, walking 1.3 km to Mateta train station and 1.6km from Ferrara train station to Hotel De Prati (bags in tow), with ease.

    Ferrara is dominated by the Castello De Estense, an enormous edifice that dwarfs even it's neighbouring Duomo.

    Upon arrival, we were surprised at the size of the town. We both had the impression it would be more like Modena. After all that walking to get to Ferrara, we decided to walk some more. We did our own walking tour of medieval Ferrara using the colour coded routes on the tourist map. We were disappointed to find all the churches, except the Duomo, shut. On the second day we went to the Archeological Museum and spent hours perusing through their collection of Etruscan artefacts. Apart from the pots, vases, mugs and enormous urns, it was fascinating to see delicate gold earrings from the 3rd and 4th century BC.

    After the culinary delights of Turin, Bologna, Modena and Parma, food in Ferrara was rather lack lustre. It was a good thing as we skipped dinner both nights there, and are feeling better for it.
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Provincia di Ferrara, Ferrare, Ferrara

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