Ferrara has a rich history sprinkled with the importance of Jewish presence here since the Middle Ages, said to have come directly from Judea. The establishment of Jewish ghetto quarters was decreed by Pope Paul IV in 1555, though Ferrara's wasn't enclosed until 1627. Two of the five gates that were closed at night are still hinged to walls.

Today's quarter is a quiet alcove of characteristic pedestrian lanes and vaulted streets. The medieval architecture is preserved and decorated with beautiful terra cotta and stone details and wrought iron balconies. The main street is Via Giuseppe Mazzini, where you'll find the Synagogue, still active, along with the Jewish Museum. The tight quarter is full of life and character. Wander around Via Vignatagliata and Via Vittoria, and don't miss Via delle Volte, which is interspersed with vaulted arches. In Vignatagliata 49 you'll find the remains of the quarter's old oven for unleaven bread. Via Piangipane is where the new National Museum of Italian Judaism is located.

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Via Giuseppe Mazzini.

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