September 2018

Summer Festival for Children:
‘Estate Bambini, Festabè & Notte Bianca dei Bambini’

3rd – 9th September

“Notte Bianca dei Bambini” 

1st September
5 p.m. – Midnight
This summer party opens on 1st September with lots of workshops, music and entertainment taking place around the historical city centre. On this day all the activities and workshops are free but you may need to book some activities in advance. Go to the official website: to see the full programme of events beforehand.
There will be a useful information stand which opens in Piazza Trento Trieste from 5 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
Here you can get a map of the city to find out what is taking place, when and where. Below, you can find just a few examples of events taking place on 1st September:

Guided tour of the Castle to discover more about the Dukes and Duchesses who lived there.

At 4.45 p.m. (suitable for 6 years +)
Please book by sending an email to: with name and age of child.

Buonanotte Signori

Estense Castle, at 5.15 p.m.
A workshop about star gazing (6 years +)
Please book by sending an email to: with name and age of child.

Cavalieri non si nasce, si diventa!

Estense Castle, at 5.45 p.m.
An exciting visit to the Castle to learn about Knights.
Please book by sending an email to: with name and age of child.

Museo di Casa Romei – Whose house is this?

Via Savonarola, at 5 p.m. (3-5 years).

Museo di Casa Romei – Come and play music with us

Via Savonarola, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (0-5 years)
A music workshop for children and parents.

Museo di Casa Romei – I Racconti di Gloria

Via Savonarola, at 6.30 p.m.
A theatre performance for children (3 years +).

Lodobus Scombussolo

Piazza Trenta Trieste, from 5 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.
A games area dedicated to movement and balance.

Mini Ludobus dell’Isola

Giardini Biblioteca Comunale Ariostea, from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
A special area dedicated to children (0 – 4 years).

Museo di Storia Naturale

From 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. (4 years +)
Lots of exciting activities are taking place in the Natural History Museum.

Museo di Storia Naturale – Spend a night at the museum

From 9.30 p.m. – 9.30 a.m.
Spend a whole night at the museum! (8 years +)
Please book by sending an email to: didostorianaturale@gmail with the name and age of your child.

Biblioteca Ariostea

At 6 p.m. (5 years +)
A performance dedicated to colours.

Testaperaria Book shop – Una Città di Carta e Stoffa

At 6 p.m. (4 years +)
Storytelling and a craft workshop.
Please book by telephoning: 0532 202823

Libreria IBS – Parole per Notti Buie

Piazza Trento Trieste’s book shop, at 9 p.m.
Stories for dark nights!

Nanirossi Show

Piazza Municipale, at 6.15 p.m.
A show for all!

Clown Spaventati Panettieri

Piazza Municipale, at 9.30 p.m.
A show for all!

“Estate dei bambini in Piazza”

3rd – 9th September, from 4.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.
Piazza XXIV Maggio (“Tessera Familiare” is compulsory)
The summer party continues from 3rd – 9th September in Piazza XXIV Maggio. In this enormous piazza there are theatre performances, “a swap shop”, dressing-up games, story time, arts and crafts, a small bar and much, much more.

To take part in all these activities you need to buy a family ticket called a “Tessera Familiare”. It costs 15 euro which allows all your family to take part in any of these activities during the whole five days (independent of how many children you have). It also allows you to go to the Festabà theatre performances below. If you do not think that you would return each day then you could buy a single day family card which costs 10 euro.

This card can be bought from the information stand on 1st September in Piazza Trento Trieste but also from 3rd September onwards at the entrance to Piazza XXIV Maggio when you arrive.

Festabà – Theatre Performances for children at Teatro Boldini

3rd – 7th September, at 9.30 p.m.
(“Tessera Familiare” needed)

3rd – Valentina Vuole
4th – Il Canto del Coccodrillo
5th – Lingua Blu
6th – Nido
8th – Cappuccetto Rosso (Little Red Riding Hood)

“EuropAFerrara”  – Fantastic Europen Market

22nd, 23rd & 24th September 2018, 9.30 a.m. – midnight
Viale Alfonso d’Este

The European Market is held near San Giorgio and the old hospital. If you can’t find it just follow the wonderful smell of Italian focaccia, Dutch waffles or Spanish paella cooking and discover a variety of crafts, English fine bone china, jewelry, flowers and other European products. Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a German beer and dinner in the evening at one of the many restaurants and bars set up around the piazza, or for a quieter experience visit the market early morning.

Ferrara Marathon and Half Marathon (30 km or 21 km)

30th September 2018, at 9.30 a.m.

If you would like to take part, it is important that you go on the official website and read the rules and regulations for competing. You will need a medical certificate for the main marathons.

Family Run – 6.5km
Departure at 9.30 a.m. after the main marathon
You can run or walk. Enrolment costs 10 euro and can be completed on line or at several bars and sports centres listed on the official website.

Kids’ Run
Saturday 29th September
Piazza Trento Trieste
Meeting time at 4 p.m. Race starts at 4.30 p.m.

The children’s race is free, but you need to enroll your child as there is a maximum number of participants. The children will be divided into different age groups and will receive a t-shirt and a medal for participating. There will also be a snack provided for them.


Balloons Festival 2018

7th – 16th September, 8 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.
Parco Urbano Giorgio Bassani, Via Riccardo Bacchelli, 103
Every day 8 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.
Entrance: Monday to Friday free, Saturday & Sunday, 5 euro per person (under 12 free)
Free parking and free shuttle bus service.

This is the most important hot air balloon festival in Italy and one of the most important ballooning events in Europe. It is certainly an exciting week in Ferrara for the children, who love watching the colourful balloons take off and spotting the unusual shaped ones as they fly over the city.

They take off early in the morning at about 7.30 a.m. and then for a second time at around 5 p.m. onwards. Visit the website below for the programme of events each day.

Hot air balloon rides need to be booked well in advance but for those who prefer their feet to stay firmly on the ground the “Night Glow” is truly an impressive sight and takes place on Saturdays at 9.30 p.m. Hot air balloons are inflated and glow in the night whilst music plays in the background.

The park also hosts a variety of publicity stands, demonstrations, sport and dance exhibitions, fairground attractions, the Italian Air force exhibition area, a market and places to eat. There is also la “Città Magica” – a Renaissance area with flag- waving competitions, Renaissance dancing, craft stalls and restaurants.

For more information on times and events go to:
Email:     Tel: 0532 90071

Palazzo dei Diamanti – Courbet and Nature

22nd September – 6th January 2019
Open daily from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (also during national holidays)
Admission (which includes and audio guide): Adults 13 euro, 11 euro children aged 6 – 18 , children under 6 free.

Historical Car and Motorbike Exhibition

Around the Castle and historical centre
Saturday 22nd September 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday 23rd September 9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
An open air museum of historical cars and motorbikes from the 1930s to the 1990s.

More information here.

To Venice by Boat

Saturday 22nd September
“Nena” motorboat company
Meeting Point: Darsena di San Paolo, Via Darsena 57,
Departure from Ferrara: 7.30 a.m. Arrival in Venice: 5.30 p.m.
Return to Ferrara by train (First departure at 7.42 p.m. which arrives in Ferrara at 9.08 p.m.)
One way boat ticket: 50 euro per person, children 3 – 10 years half price

A day out for all the family along the river Po to the beautiful city of Venice.

More information here.

Mesola – On the Trail of the Mesola Deer

Until 30th October

Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays

Guided tours start at 9.30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and last about an hour and a half

September and October represent a last opportunity to visit these beautiful woods before winter arrives. This exclusive tour, by electric coach, takes you into the heart of the woods which are usually closed to the public. It is possible to see the Mesola deer and other wildlife and fauna which are unique to these woods. It really makes a lovely trip.

Tickets cost: 10 euro for adults and 7 euro for children under 12

Please book: or email or telephone: 0533 81302

Food Festivals Continue…(Le Sagre)

Sant’Agostino – Sagra del Tartufo (Truffle festival)
Viale Europa, 37, at 7.30 pm (On Sundays at 12.00 and 7.30 p.m.)
1st – 10th SeptemberA savoury truffle-filled menu including truffle lasagna and savoury truffle-flavoured pancakes.

Stellata – Sagra dell’Anatra (duck)
Area ex Cavagion, Via Gransci, 293/D
1st – 9th September, at 7 p.m. (On Sundays at 12.00 and 7 p.m.)
A selection of meat dishes including delicious, typical pasta called “Pappardelle” with a duck sauce.

Malalbergo – Sagra dell’Ortica (stinging nettles)
1st & 2nd, 6th – 9th September, at 7 p.m. (On Sundays at 12.00 and 7 p.m.)
Piazza Primo Carlino, 1
Have you ever tried eating stinging nettles? Malalbergo provides a historical menu of nettles cooked in a variety of ways. There are also lots of interesting things going on in the village too. It is on the way to Bologna but not too far from Ferrara and is certainly worth a visit.

Ferrara – Sagra del Pinzino e dell’Arrosticino
5th – 16th September, at 6.30 p.m.
Centro Sociale Rivana Garden, Via Gaetano Pesci, 181
‘Pinzino’ is a delicious, traditional type of fried bread served with salami or other luncheon meats. There are also lots of other traditional dishes to try including ‘Cappellacci’ and ‘Piadine’.

Mirabello -Sagra della Cotoletta Mirabellese
14th-16th & 21st – 23rd & 28th – 30th September
Sports Field, Via Belvedere, 64, at 7 p.m. (Sunday only at lunchtime 12p.m.)
Milan is famous for its “Cotoletta” which is pork or veal steak covered in breadcrumbs, but Mirabello has made its own version for you to try!

Francolino – La Sagra di Santa Liberata
20th – 27th September, 29th & 30th September
Via Calzolai, behind the main church
This traditional Ferrarese food festival is only a bike ride away from Ferrara. From school, head towards Malborghetto on Via Calzolai using the cycle path, which will take you all the way to Francolino.