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The itinerary winds through the streets of the charming historic centre dominated by the imposing fourteenth-century Este castle, pausing in the places that witness the presence of a Jewish community in the city. A visit to the “National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah”, which was established in 2003 by the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities, by the Municipality of Ferrara, the CDEC (Centro di Documentazione Ebraica Contemporanea – Centre for Contemporary Jewish Documentation) and the UCEI (Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche Italiane – Union of Italian Jewish Communities), is a must.

Giorgio Bassani’s famous novel entitled “Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini” (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis) made known to the world the vitality of Jewish Ferrara in the early twentieth century. At that time Jews were the cultured elite of the city, but in little more than twenty years they were to suffer the tragic consequences of the racial laws and the German occupation in Italy. To commemorate this centuries-old presence, the city chose in 2010 to organise an annual event, called the “Festa del Libro Ebraico in Italia” (Jewish Book Festival in Italy), which is held between April and May. The event was very successful and has grown over the years, attracting more and more onlookers and experts on Judaism.

The fee will include: bus trip, lunch in a restaurant, tour leader for the whole day, Insurance policy