General’s Villa

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In this house where he was born lived days of serene affection GEN. Mariano B., distinguished archaeologist.

Location

The villa is located in the countryside of Ferrara, between the city of Ferrara and Bologna.
Access: easy.

History

What little we know concerns the soldiers of the general’s hometown who, with a marble sign, praised and honored his memory. The plaque dates back to May 1935. The mansion is known in the Urbex community as “Villa del Notaio”.

Description

The rain pounds in the distance when we enter the cellar. Another water, even darker in color, stands before us ready to cloud our minds.

On the contrary, the wine elevates and evaporates our explorers’ souls, pushing us to enter the adjacent room and, step by step, to climb the stairs. Everywhere the floors are covered with documents and memories flutter from room to room, squashing on the walls and lapping our faces.

Televisions project past times and moans scourge the newborn baby in its cradle. The beds wait for tired and grieving limbs to lie down and sink into their layer of dust and feathers, irons and rusty springs. In memory of the owners, flowers and broken cups are thrown in the air. Well sealed archives could tell stories of which one no longer has memory, but no one has the courage to go inside.


Another television set, a mannequin, books and legislation. Clues on clues until I came to you. She is not Eleonora, she is Laura…. People spoke diligently to her extraordinary figure:

BONDENO UNANIME
NEL CONSENSO E NEL PLAUSO
PORTATA DAI TUOI MERITI
ALLA RIBALTA DELLA NOTORIETA’
SALUTA IN TE CON ORGOGLIO
O LAURA
L’INTELLIGENZA E LO SPIRITO
DEI MIGLIORI SUOI FIGLI
CHE’ IMPREZIOSENDO
CON ESEMPLARE MODESTA’
I RARI TALENTI
ACCRESCI IL LUSTRO
DELLA FAMIGLIA BIGNOZZI
TIENI ALTO IL PRESTIGIO
DELLA CITTA’ NATALE

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