Gennaio 2020

New Year at the Castle

Wednesday 1st January 2020 – Guided tours of specific areas
11 a.m., midday, 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
A guided tour of the prisons, the Lion’s tower, Orange Gardens and the beautiful piano Nobile.
Adults: €8, children €3 aged 6 – 18

Friday 3rd January – Guided tour
11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Guided tours of the Castle

Saturday 4th January – Guided tour
11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Guided tours of the Castle

3.30 p.m. – ‘Un Pifferaio in Castle’’ – ‘A Piper at the Castle’
Follow the Pied Piper of Ferrara around the Castle as he plays his magic flute and tells enchanted stories. Make an instrument and create music together.
Adults: €10, children: €5
Suitable for children aged 5 – 10

4 p.m. – ‘Donne a corte. L’altra faccia del potere’ – ‘Women at court’
Learn more about women at court as this event explores the power which some of the duchesses had on the men. This will be followed by an aperitif.
Adults: €18, children: €13 aged 6 – 18

Sunday 5th January – Guided tour of specific areas
11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Guided tours of the prisons, the Lion’s Tower, Orange Gardens and the piano Nobile.
Adults: €8, children €3 aged 6 – 18

4 p.m. – ‘Misteri e delitti a Corte’
Controversial stories, unresolved mysteries and intrigue at court followed by an
Adults: €18, children €13 aged 6 – 18

Monday 6th January – Guided tour
11 a.m., midday, 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.
A tour of the Castle
Adults: €8, children €3 aged 6 – 18

3.30 p.m. – ‘Una Befana di tanto tempo fa’
Discover stories of important people at court. Make a magic sock inspired by tastes from the past.

Befana Arrives in Ferrara – 6th January

“Befana” is an ugly, but kind old lady, who brings sweets to the children in Italy on 6th January. For those who have been naughty, Befana brings a piece of black coal. For those who have been good, she brings a sock full of sweets.

Preparing for Befana’s arrival in Father Christmas’s village
Piazza Municipio

Saturday 4th January at 4 p.m.
Children can draw and ‘sew’ Befana’s dress

Sunday 5th January
Arts & crafts workshop

Monday 6th January at 4 p.m.
Dancing and entertainment in the piazza until the arrival of Befana at 5.30 p.m. A bonfire will be lit at 6 p.m. in Piazza Trento e Trieste.

‘Befana dello Sport’

Saturday 5th January, at 4.30 p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.)
Palasport di Piazzale Atleti Azzuri d’Italia
Admission: All donations are given to charity
A fantastic afternoon of sports entertainment for all the family. All the children will receive a sock of sweets from Befana. At the entrance there will be lots of information for families about sporting events and clubs for everyone to join

Befana Arrives
Monday 6th January
Piazza Trento e Trieste
3 p.m.’Befana a 4 Zampe’ an event for your dogs
4 p.m. A walk with Befana and your pet dogs ( Check in case you need a coupon.
5.30 p.m. Lottery Extraction

Theatre for children – ‘Babbo Natale, Gnomi e Folletti’

28th December – 4th January
Sala Estense, Piazza Municipio, 4

The plays start at 4.30 p.m. and the ticket office, which is at the door of the theatre, opens at 3.30 p.m.
Adults: €6, children €5

Thursday 2nd January
‘Il Sogno di Tartaruga, una Fiaba Africana’ – by Il Baule Volante
(suitable for children aged 4 – 10)

Saturday 4th January
‘Barbablu’, Fiaba Horror per Bambini e Adulti Coraggiosi’ – by Pandemonium Teatro
(suitable for children aged 5+)

Teatro NuovoTeatro Nuovo
Piazza Trento Trieste, 52

Ticket office (inside the theatre)
Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
It is also possible to buy tickets an hour before the show

7th January at 9 p.m. – Sleeping Beauty – ballet
12th January at 4 p.m. – La Vedova Allegra – Opera

De Nittis Exhibition – Palazzo dei Diamanti

Corso Ercole I d’Este, 21

Special Opening Times:
31st December until 11.30 p.m.
1st & 6th January:, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
4th January until 10.30 p.m.

Ice-Skating Rink in Ferrara

1st December – 12th January 2020
Just a reminder that the open-air ice skating rink is open until 12th January. Here are the times:

Mondays – Fridays (unlimited time on the ice)
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.
9 p.m. – 11.30 p.m.

Saturdays & Sundays (1 hour time limit on the ice)
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
2.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.
9 p.m. – 11.30 p.m.

Christmas Eve – closes at 9 p.m.
Christmas Day – opens at 2.30 p.m.
Tuesday 31st – closes at 9 p.m.
Monday 6th January – closes at 9 p.m.

Winter Wonderland

Via della Fiera, 11 Ferrara Fiere e congressi

21st & 22nd December: 3 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
25th December: 3 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
26th December – 30th December 10.30 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.
31st December: 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
11th & 12th January,
1st – 6th, 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th January 10.30 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.

If you are fed up with the cold weather and are not sure what to do with the children, why not visit this enormous indoor theme park? Look out for tickets with discounts on admission and rides. You can often find these in toy shops and at Ipercoop. You can also visit the website and download your own tickets:
To find out more about this event click on the programme of events. There are workshops for children, a visit from Father Christmas and Befana (the old lady who brings sweets to children). There is even a winter circus, a puppet theatre with daily performances and much, much more!

Epiphany in Comacchio

5th & 6th January 2020

5th January:

Historical City centre
3 .30 p.m. – A traditional parade of Befane along the canals

Torre dell’orologio, Piazza Folegatti
4.30 p.m. – The Firemen’s Befana

Antica Pecheria
5 p.m. – Arts and crafts for children

Piazza della Rimemberanza
6.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. – Entertainment for children

6th January:

Manifattura dei Marinati Museum
10 a.m. – Befana arrives and hands out sweets to all the children

City Centre
3p.m. – Sweets for all the children

Trepponti (The Three Bridges)
6 p.m. ‘Avan la Vacie’ – Befana greets the children. Music, dancing and a firework display

Lido degli Estensi , Viale Carducci
3 p.m. onwards – Entertainment for families

Epiphany in Venice


Every year at midday there is a rowing race in Venice. Fifty boatmen dressed-up as Befana row up the Grand Canal to the Rialto Bridge where there is an enormous stocking hanging from it. If you cannot go to Venice and see the race in person, watch it on the news in the evening.