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 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

Logo testaperariaTestaperaria 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.

Admission: Free

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…

zucca ferrareseSan Carlo – Pumpkin Festival

1st – 3rd  November, at 7 p.m. (Sunday and national holidays: lunch time only at 12.30)

Campo Sportivo

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.