November is a month of magic and autumn flavours in Ferrara. People celebrate ‘San Martino’ and the air is filled with the scent of roasting chestnuts sold on street corners. There is also a magic festival which arrives in Ferrara and the last of the food festivals concludes this special month of events.
Dal Mare Per Il Mare
with G7 Vela and Smiling International School
Sunday 17th November
Meeting place: Piazzale S. Rocco (next to the pharmacy at the end of Porta Mare, near school)
Departure: 8.30 a.m.
Arrival: 9.30 a.m.
Lunch: 12.30 at ‘Quelli di Flip’, Porto Garibaldi
Return to Ferrara: 3.30 p.m.
This is an event organized by G7 Vela (sailing club) which invites families to help clean the local beaches. This year, Smiling is organizing a coach to bring and take any families and teachers from our school who would like to help out with this important project. We have also organized a restaurant for lunch (see our notice board in the entrance hall). If you are interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 11th November.
Celebrating San Martino
Sunday 10th November 10 a.m.
Via delle Erbe 29
There are lots of activities and games taking place at this lovely park, which is run by Nuova TerraViva and is just down the road from our school. To celebrate San Martino, children can go on a tour of the park with lanterns, listen to stories of San Martino and gather around an enormous bonfire which will be lit at 6 p.m. There is a small bar selling vin brulé, hot chocolate, pizza, cakes and roast chestnuts. It is also possible to have a vegetarian lunch if you book in advance.
10 a.m. Water colours activity (€5) Please book: 338 8935580
12.30 – 2.00 p.m. Vegetarian lunch. Please book: 348 9933222
2.30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Wood workshop (€5)
5 p.m. – Stories about San Martino and tour of the park with lanterns
6 p.m. – Lighting the bonfire
San Martino al Parco Massari
Saturday 9th November from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday 10th November from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
This is an autumn festival to celebrate San Martino with traditional roast chestnuts, wine, vin brulè, hot chocolate and other autumn desserts. For this event you need tickets which cost €7 and include:
- a bag of roast chestnuts
- a glass of wine, beer OR hot chocolate
- an autumn cake
For children, there are lots of different workshops:
On Saturday 9th
3.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Autumn arts and crafts (3-9yrs)
4.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. Treasure hunt for chestnuts
5.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. Little chefs make San Martino biscuits (4 – 10yrs)
On Sunday 10th
11 a.m. – Midday Tactile activity (6months – 36months)
11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Story Time – ‘La Castagna Biricchina’
3.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Autumn arts & crafts to make a pen holder (3-9yrs)
4.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. Little chefs make San Martino biscuits (4 – 10yrs)
5.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. Treasure hunt for chestnuts
Each workshop costs €5 and includes a hot chocolate
Testaperaria Book Shop
Via de’ Romei, 19/A
‘Ariadistorie’ – Story Time in Italian
Monday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th November at 5.30 p.m.
Suitable for children 3+
Creare con Le Foglie – Leaf crafts
- Tuesday 5th November, 5 p.m. – Leaf collage
- Tuesday 12th November, 5 p.m. – Leaf Painting
- Tuesday 19th November, 5 p.m. – Leaf rubbings
- Tuesday 26th November, 5 p.m. – Autumn composition
Workshops cost: €5, duration: 1 hour. Suitable for: children aged 4+. Please book by telephoning: 0532 202823
Il Piccolo Leo Da Vinci – Wood Workshops inspired by Leonardo da Vinci
- Friday 8th November, 5 p.m. – ‘Leo the military genius’ – making catapults
- Friday 22nd November, 5 p.m. – ‘Leo the inventor and the flying machine’
Cost: €12. Duration: 2 hours. Suitable for children aged 5+. Please book: 0532 202823
Storie da Toccare – Sewing workshops (continued)
Creating different pages of a soft cloth book
- Friday 15th November, 5 p.m. – Nel Carrello della spesa, solo cose buone! (shopping theme – 2 pages)
- Friday 29th November, 5 p.m. – Sai cucinare una buona pizza? (How to make pizza – 2 pages)
Cost: €8. Duration: 2 hours. Suitable for children aged 5+. Please book by telephoning: 0532 202823
Coming Soon to Teatro Nuovo:
14th December at 3.30 p.m. & 6.30 p.m. – Cinderella (musical)
19th December at 9 p.m. – Gospel Choir
20th December at 9 p.m. – Music Film – (songs & music from Walt Disney films)
26th December at 9 p.m. – The Nutcracker (ballet)
‘Futurpera’– World Pear Festival
28th, 29th & 30th November
Exhibition Centre (Quartiere Fieristico)
Via della Fiera, 11
This is the first edition of a fair which is dedicated entirely to the sustainable growing of pears. This fruit is an important product of Ferrara as well as other regions of Italy. This event aims to bring producers, as well as consumers, together to share ideas, exchange knowledge and learn more about this delicious fruit.
Hot Air Ballooning all-year-round in Ferrara
1st Sunday of each month
Meeting at 6 a.m.
A one hour flight (3 hours in total which includes inflating the balloon and the return journey by car) and a delicious breakfast afterwards.
Cost: €200 per adult
Organized by Link Tours
Via Garibaldi, 103
Tel.: 0532 201 365
The last of the Food festivals…
San Carlo – Pumpkin Festival
1st – 3rd November, at 7 p.m. (Sunday and national holidays: lunch time only at 12.30)
A variety of imaginative and traditional dishes made from pumpkin.
Bondeno – Astro Gastro (autumn flavours)
15th, 16th & 17th November
Agriturismo ‘La Florida’, Via per Burana, 103
7 p.m. (Sundays at midday and 7 p.m.)
Lots of different autumn-flavoured dishes including pumpkin filled pasta, Maccheroncini with speck and leeks, mixed grill and home-made desserts.
Casumaro – Truffles (savoury)
1st , 2nd & 3rd November
Sala Polivalente “Don Alfredo Pizzi”, Via Garigliano, 14
7.30 p.m. (Sundays also open at lunchtime)
Dark and white savoury truffle is a very popular ingredient in this region. This food fair offers a variety of interesting and delicious dishes. Try truffle tagliatelle or lasagna. Taste quail, rabbit or pork accompanied with truffle shavings or sauce.