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Contrada San Giovanni

Luca Battaglia


The Borgo San Giovanni includes the north and north-east areas outside the city walls of Ferrara, coinciding with a big part to the ancient Barco, that extended up to the banks of the Po river: it was a big woody and grassy clearing used by the Estensi for hunting and horse races. Inside this area, near the fourteenth-walls, prestigious buildings were built, as the temple of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Estense residence of Belfiore with its notorious cabinet of the Muses, a pictorial unique specimen in the contemporary art history, though they are no more existing.
The heraldic device represents the left-turned head lynx, sitting on a precious embroidered pillow, on a red and blue background. Maybe it was already adopted by the marquess Niccolò III d’Este and was particularly used by his son Leonello as symbol of far-seeing intellect. The medieval bestiaries gave to the feline the gift of a sharp sight, able to go beyond the walls. By representing it blindfolded (quite often together with the motto Quae vides ne vide), Leonello d’Este wanted to highlight a necessary quality for a good prince, that is to be able to see everything but with pretence, revealing only what was essential to know for the welfare of the State.

San Giovanni

la lungimiranza della lince


Lince Bendata


Rosso e Blu


Via del Melo, 105



Via Pomposa (lato dispari, fino al limite del Comune di Ferrara), Viale Po (lato dispari), zona Doro, Via Modena (lato pari, fino al canale Boicelli, lato destro), zona esterna mura di Via Pomposa, agglomerati di Casaglia e Ravalle (fino al limite del Comune di Ferrara.

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