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Testaperaria Book Shop

To book any of the workshops below please telephone: 0532 202 823

Address: Via De’ Romei 19/A (next to Caffetteria 2000)

Friday 7th June at 5 p.m.

Dov’è finite la bacchetta? (Where has my wand gone?)

Based on the story “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson, the children will make a new wand for the witch.

Suitable for children aged 6+   

Cost: 7 euro

Duration: 2 hours

Please book

Monday 10th June at 5.30 p.m.

Il Circolo delle mani piccolo: Pizzaperaria

Storytime then a mini-cookery workshop for adult/child together.

Suitable for children aged 2+

Cost: 7 euro

Duration: 1h 30

Please book

Wednesday 12th June at 5.30 p.m.

Timbri tra le onde – (sea-themed printing)

Come and paint your summer t-shirt with sea-themed stamps and colours.

Suitable for children aged 2+

Cost: 7 euro   

Please bring a plain, light, cotton t-shirt

Please book

Monday 17th June at 5.30 p.m.

Il cicolo delle mani piccolo: ortaggi d’artista

Storytime and mini-workshop.

Suitable for children aged 2+

Cost: 7 euro

Duration: 1h 30

Tuesday 18th June at 5.30 p.m.

Piccole donne e piccolo uomini crescono. E adesso? (Growing up)

A presentation and discussion for adults about growing up, held by psychologist Irene Ballo, specialist in development and sexologist, and Elena Romagnoli, a midwife.

Suitable for adults

Cost: free

Please book

Friday 21st June at 5 p.m.

Fragole & Fanstasia (Strawberries and imagination)

Come and pick some rather special strawberries from the bookshop. This is a crochet workshop for older children.

Suitable for children aged 10+

Cost: 10 euro

Duration: 2 hours

Please book

Monday 24th June at 5.30 p.m.

Il Circolo delle mani piccolo: Occhio…al buco!

Storytime and mini-workshop for adult/child together.

Suitable for children aged 2+

Cost: 7 euro

Duration: 1 hr. 30

Please book

Wednesday 26th June at 6 p.m.

Aperibimbo con l’artista (in collaboration with Caffetteria 2000)

Parents can relax with an aperitif whilst the children take part in an art workshop about Matisse.

Suitable for children aged 4 +

Cost: 5 euro for adults per drink + food, 5 euro for art workshop and story-time.

Duration: 1 hr. 30

Please book

Thursday 28th June at 5 p.m.

Tutti al mareeee! (Everyone to the sea!)

Wood workshop to make a boat.

Suitable for children aged 6 +

Cost: 12 euro

Duration: 2 hours

Please book.

La Giostra del Borgo

7th – 10th June

Ippodromo Comunale di Ferrara, 31 (off Via Bologna)

This event is a re-enactment of life in the Renaissance period. You can visit a Renaissance soldier’s camp and watch dueling and archery competitions. There are plenty of other shows and entertainment, although the official programme has not been published yet. There are also some excellent restaurants with delicious food and beer.


Bike Night from Ferrara to the Sea (Lido di Volano)

15th & 16th June 2019

Meeting point at Piazza Trento Trieste from 8.30 p.m. onwards.

Departure at midnight!

Don’t worry, this is not a race. It is a bike ride along the River Po by night, which is suitable for everyone’s cycling skills. There is a proper cycle path which is flat, three refreshment stops along the way and breakfast upon arrival at the sea. This event started in 2014 and has become really popular. You must register, either on-line beforehand or on the day (but this will be subject to availability). At the meeting point in Piazza Trento Trieste, you can hire bikes, helmets and even event insurance for a small fee. There is then a coach which takes you and your bike back to Ferrara at 8 a.m. or at midday, which costs 20 euro (for you and your bike).

To register or for further information go to:

Registration Fee: on-line 25 euro (until 10th June). Pay on the day: 35 euro.

Ferrara Sotto le Stelle – Music Festival

11th, 24th & 25th June, 18th & 22nd July 2018

This is an exciting summer music festival with young artists from around the world, who perform outdoors in the beautiful setting of Ferrara. Some concerts are free, whilst others are not. Tickets can be bought online by going onto the official website: or

Simply look up the concert you would like to go to and click on the ticket sales link.


11th June at 9 p.m. (Piazza Castello Estense)

Teenage Fanclub

Tickets: 18 euros

24th June at 9 p.m. (Piazza Castello Estense)

Julia Holter

Tickets: 20 euros + pre-sale fee

25th June at 9 p.m. (Piazza Castello Estense)


Tickets: 23 euros + pre-sale fee

18th July (9 p.m.? – Piazza Castello Estense)

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Tickets: 50 euros + pre-sale

22nd July (9 p.m.? – Piazza Castello Estense)

Tash Sultana

Tickets: 32 euros + pre-sale fee

Food Fairs (Le Sagre)

Here are just a few of our favourite summer food fairs! They are a great opportunity to become a part of village life and to sample delicious homemade food at a reasonable price.

Ferrara – Giostro del Borgo

6th – 23rd June. Stands open at 7.30 p.m.

Via Ippodromo, 31

At the Giostro del Borgo festival mentioned above there are some great food stands with interesting dishes to try. There are of course the traditional Ferrarese dishes, but there is also seafood risotto, wild boar and polenta, beef with rocket and parmesan, fried eel and squid rings.

Tamara (Ferrara) – Sagra dei Primi Piatti

7th, 8th, 9th & 14th, 15th, 16th & 21st – 24th June

Via Valle (on the right of the church). Stands open at 7 p.m.

This fantastic food festival celebrates first courses and there really is an enormous choice of them! The menu sounds amazing and incudes a variety of pasta, risotto and lasagna with exciting sauces such as, hare, saffron, mushrooms, fish, clams, truffle…

Cassana (Ferrara) – Festa della Pizza

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 13th – 16th & 20th – 24th June

Campo Sportivo, Via Smeraldina, 8. Stands open at 7.30 p.m.

No need to explain pizzas! There are also other dishes available, a volley ball tournament and fireworks on the last evening of this food festival.

La Tavola Rotonda (The Knights of the Round Table) – Game meats at Court

20th – 23rd & 27th -30th June & 4th – 7th July

Centro Sociale il Parco, Via Canapa. Stands open at 7.30 p.m.

At this food fair you can taste food from the past which was popular at Court. You can try wild boar, hare, goat and pheasant. There will also be music, flag-waving, dueling and archery.