July 2017

Abbazia di Pomposa

Strada Statale 309 Romea, Codigoro

This historical abbey, mentioned in our ‘Top Ten Historical Gems’, has organized guided tours on 23rd and 30th July at 11. 30 a.m. By having a guide it just gives you that little more insight to such a charming and important place.
Tickets: 5 euro, 3 euro for children 6-18 years old & free for children under 6

Abbazia di Pomposa Music Festival

The Abbey is also hosting a series of evening concerts starting at 9.15 p.m. which are free of charge:

Saturday 22nd July

Spanish music (piano and cello)

Sunday 30th July

Flute soloist

Thursday 10th August

Ensemble Variabile

Friday 18th August

Tango Tres

Wednesday 30th August


Comacchio by Night

21st, 28th July & 4th, 11th, 25th August

During these particular evenings there are lots of events for the family taking place around the streets of Comacchio.

Parco Natura Viva

Verona (Bussolegno)

Special Night Visit
Every Friday & Saturday until 19th August, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
This nature park/safari is also mentioned on our website but there is a new promotion for the months of July and August. There is a special night ticket which costs 10 euros (children under 5 are free) and allows you to visit and walk around the Fauna Park (not the safari) by night. It is a great opportunity to see the animals, who are much more active compared to during the day when many sleep because of the heat.

Festa del Gelato Artigianale – Ice-cream Festival

21st July 7 p.m. – midnight
22nd July 6 p.m. – midnight
13rd July 5 p.m. – midnight

Piazza del Popolo, Casalecchio di Reno, 40033 Bologna

For those of you who have a car, there is a great ice-cream festival near Bologna. Take the motorway to Bologna and take the ring-road (‘tangenziale’) in the direction of the airport. Continue past the airport turn off and follows signs for Casalecchio di Reno & San Lazzaro. It is very near Ikea.

Music at Marfisa d’Este

13th July – 15th August, 9.30 p.m.

Palazzina Marfisa, Corso Giovecca 170, Ferrara

Palazzina Marfisa d'Este

During the months of July and August, this historical building hosts classical music concerts in the beautiful setting of the garden.

These concerts are free. However, any donations are welcomed and are given to charities.

13th July

Piano Recital

15th July

EsteTango in Concerto – Dance & Music

16th July

Piano – Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff

18th July

Piano – Mozart, Liszt, Schubert

19th July

Cello & Piano

20th July

Piano Recital

21st July

Tiny Jazz Orchestra

22nd July

Quattro Mani in Duo – Debussy, Ravel, Respighi, Schubert

23rd July

Musical Drama

25th July

Piano – Bach, Mozart, Mussorgsky

26th July


27th July

Piana – Schubert’s sonatas

28th July

Flute & Piano

29th July

Soprano & Piano – Bellini, Dvorak, Puccini, Verdi

30th July

Banda Filarmonica Comunale di Ferrara

Un Fiume di Musica (A river of music)

Every Thursday until 27th July

Palazzo Savonuzzi, Via Darsena 57, Ferrara

Free admission

Ferrara’s Music School organizes live music and aperitifs on the river bank behind their school each Thursday from 7 p.m. onwards. There is a good variety of music to suit everyone’s tastes.

6th July

AMF Bluegrass Community (Guitar, banjo, bass)

13th July

Organic 3 (Jazz-Blues)

27th July

That’s Trio! (Pop-Latin)

It is also possible to take a boat ride from here along the river, from 9.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.



Ferrara Sotto le Stelle continues…

Monday 3rd July

Piazza Castello, 9 p.m.

Fleet Foxes (30 euro + pre-sale fee)

Thursday 6th July

Piazza Castello, 9.30 p.m.

The Giornalisti (22 euro + pre-sale fee)

Wednesday 19th July

Courtyard of the Castle, 9 p.m.

Le Luci della Centrale Elettrica (15 + pre-sale fee)

Thursday 27th July

Courtyard of the Castle, 9 p.m.

White Lies (25 euro + pre-sale fee)

If you would like to buy tickets in advance, go on-line to www.ticketzone.it

Or www.arciferrara.org

Night & Blues

16th – 30th July, 9.30 p.m.

Chiostro di Santa Maria della Consolazione, Via Mortara, 98 – Ferrara

Ferrara’s “Jazz and Blues Festival” returns once again to the cloisters of Santa Maria on the corner of Via Mortara near school. The concerts are free, though donations are welcomed, so why not relax and cool down in the summer evenings and listen to some excellent music? This year’s programme includes a couple of tribute bands:

16th July – Led Zeppelin

20th July – Nomadi

22nd July – Queen

27th July – Amy Winehouse

28th July – Dire Straits

30th July – U2

Opera at the Castle – ‘Madam Butterfly’

12th July, at 9.15 p.m.

Castle’s Courtyard

Lirica in Castello

Tickets for this lovely event are already on sale at the Teatro Comunale’s ticket office. It may be possible to buy tickets on the same day, an hour before the performance, but this is a very popular event so hurry up and buy yours!

Stellata – Bundan Celtic Festival

21st, 22nd & 23rd July

In Stellata , at the fortress “la Rocca Possente di Stellata”.

This is an exciting, historical festival which takes place each year along the banks of the river Po around the fortress of Stellata. The festival opens in the evening with the lighting of an enormous bonfire. You can listen to traditional Celtic music, folk stories for children, try local food, take part in Celtic games and visit the numerous craft stalls. This is really worth a visit!

Food festivals continue…

Ferrara – La Tavola Rotonda (The Knights of the Round Table)

Via Pomposa (opposite InterSpar) – Ferrara

30th June – 16th July

This is a Medieval Banquet with traditional dishes and entertainment. There will be music, fireworks, archery tournaments, flag- waving performances, fire eaters and giant chess games. It is an enjoyable festival for all the family and within easy walking distance for those who do not have a car (it is near the old hospital, just outside the city walls).

Ferrara – Arrosticini nel Chiostro

Chiostro Piccolo di San Paolo, Via Boccaleone 19 – Ferrara

1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th & 9th July (Fridays 7.45 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.)

Mini Kebabs for everyone to try, as well as traditional dishes such as, Cappelletti and Cappellacci.

Casumaro – Festa della Lumaca (snails)

Via Gargigliano, 14 – Casumaro (FE), 

27th – 31st July, 1-10th August – 7.30 p.m.

A selection of very interesting snail starters and a wide range of delicious meat main courses!


Goro – Sagra della Vongola (clams)

Zona Porto, Piazzale Bellotti – Goro (FE), 

7th – 9th, 14th – 16th & 21st – 23rd July – 7 p.m.

A variety of local seafood starters including mussel soup, sardines, spaghetti with clams and gnocchi with courgette and clams. A good choice of main courses such as: octopus with polenta, calamari and prawns.

For all these wonderful outdoor events, don’t forget to take your mosquito spray with you!