20.05.2013 20 °C
Yesterday we spent most of the day with Otello walking the streets of Ferrara. He took us into this very old church and it was magnificent. I must say all the churches we have seen so far in Italy have been truly magnificent. I will be posting some photos soon.
We came across an old Monestery and Otello was explaining to us that these special nuns exist to this day that are not allowed to have any communication with the outside world. All they do all day is pray, eat and sleep. Only the head nun is allowed to communicate with the outside world. It is hard to believe that in todays world these nuns still exist. That is what I call dedication. He took us inside the church where they were behind a wall - the church was split into two rooms, the service was running in latin (not Italian) with a wall between them and us and we could hear them singing. Amazing.
Otello explained to us that in the medieval times they had built tall strong walls around each town to protect them from wars. These walls appear to be made out of bricks layered solidly right around the township. It is quite unbelievable to wonder how many men it took back then to build it and how long it would have taken them.
Otello took us to his beautiful apartment and we sampled some fine Italian liqueurs such as Chestnut liqueur, Lemoncello and Passion Nero (liquorice taste).
He took us to a "very cool" place in Ferrara to relax and bought us Italian Spritz's to try. I quite liked the bitter taste but Neal did not like it. This is a very common drink to have before dinner.
Otello took us to two great Gelato places where he got us to sample fine Italian ice-cream. Yum Yum. Neal once again only had vanilla (panna) from all of the possible flavours available.
He also took us to a fine Italian restaurant called Minelli at Pieve Di Cento which served us fine Italian food and catered for me too, I had gluten free ricotta and truffle tortellini, gluten free deli meats with gluten free bread rolls and gluten free profiterol for dessert. It was all very delicious.
By the way the hotel at Ferrara which was opposite the castle that we stayed at also served gluten free food for breakfast. It was called Hotel Annunziata. I highly recommend this Hotel. It is in a great location and what more can you want when you wake up and look out the window to see a famous castle.
It was our last day with Otello and now it was time for Otello to let us go out into the world and venture on our own. Gosh we were both feeling kind of scared but excited at the same time. It was time for Neal and I to spread our wings and let go of the apron strings so to speak. I was sad to say ciao to Otello as he was so generous with his time, he even had Stefano (work colleague) to assist us with hiring a car. We had a ball, we will treasure our time in Venice/Ferrara forever. Thank-you so much Otello!!