Ottobre 2019





Un Castello in Famiglia – ‘Un Giorno da Signori’

‘A day in the life of the Dukes and Duchesses of Ferrara’

Saturday 26th October, at 4 p.m.

A fun afternoon at the Castle to learn more about the Estense family and how they lived.

Suitable for children aged 5 – 11

Tickets: Adults 10 euro, children 6 euro

For further information and to book a place write an email to: or telephone: 0532 299233

Boat Excursions around the Castle’s moat

Saturdays, Sundays & holidays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 3 – 6 p.m.

This is an opportunity to visit the Castle from another angle. You can listen to a guided tour in both Italian and English, which lasts about 15 minutes. Tickets

cost €3,50 for adults and €2,50 for children. The trip is free for children under the age of 5. Tickets can be bought at the information desk inside the castle.

Nena motor boat – River cruise to Venice

5th October, 7.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.

Departure from Via Darsena, 57 (Consorzio Wunderkammer entrance)

This one-way boat trip travels from the docks of Ferrara to San Marco’s Square, following the ancient trade routes once used by local merchants. It navigates the River Po all the way to the pretty town of Chioggia, stopping off at the natural oasis at Panarella for a picnic. After passing Chioggia, the boat will sail through the Venetian lagoons its final destination, the Riva degli Schiavoni. Passengers will then be left to enjoy a late afternoon in Venice where they need to make their own way back to Ferrara by train.

Cost: Adults €50, children aged 3 – 10 €25, children aged 0 – 3 are free.

Please book in advance by telephoning Antonella: 347 713 9988 or writing an email to:

Aperitif along the River – Nena Motor Boat

Every Friday from 7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Departure from ‘Il Pontile’ restaurant (floating Pizzeria) Santa Maria Maddalena

Teatro Comune di Ferrara

Corso Martiri della Libertà, 5

22nd October, at 9 p.m.

Nuovo Balletto di Toscana Dance company presents ‘Pulcinella, uno di noi’

27th October, at 6 p.m.

Carolyn Carlso Company  presents  ‘Crossroads to Synchonicity’

Ticket Office: next to the theatre’s entrance

Book and buy tickets on-line:

‘Testaperaria’ Book Shop

Via de’ Romei 19/A

Storie da Toccare – a series of sewing workshops to create different pages of a cloth book. Held by Rita Venturoli.

Friday 4th October at 5 p.m.

‘Un Albero per Raccontare le 4 Stagioni’ – (The Four Seasons)

Friday 18th October at 5 p.m.

‘Cosa c’è in Fondo al Mare’ – (What can you find at the bottom of the sea?)

Suitable for children aged 5 +

Cost: 8 euro per workshop

Please book: 0532 202823

Mesola – On the Trail of the Mesola Deer

Until 27th October

Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays

Tours start at 9.30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

A last opportunity to visit these beautiful woods before winter arrives.

Tickets cost: 12 euro for adults and 9 euro for children aged 7 – 12

Website: or email info@podeltatourism or telephone: 05333 81302

What’s on in Comacchio

Flamingo Watching

7th September – 12th October on Saturdays , 3.30 p.m.

Departure from Manifattura dei Marinati, Comacchio

This is an interesting guided tour by minibus around the lagoons of Comacchio to see these beautiful birds before they migrate. It is a fantastic opportunity not to be missed.

Tickets cost: 15 euro for adults and 10 euro for children under 12

Times and meeting places are organized at the time of booking. For further information:

Website: or email or telephone 0533 81302

Eel Festival 2019

Comacchio’s historical city centre

27th September – 13th October, every weekend

Comacchio is a traditional fishing village and is well-worth a visit as it often has lots of events on and it is a quirky little place. It is particularly famous for its eels, which are caught locally and are a delicacy. During this festival there will be music, street entertainment, craft stalls and other food to taste. Try the gourmet food stand in Via Fattibello which is open from 11.30 a.m. – 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Halloween in Comacchio

31st October, 10am – midnight

Celebrate Halloween in Comacchio if you dare! Meet ghosts floating around the streets of Comacchio, watch a zombie parade and witches flying in the sky. There will be pumpkin stalls, arts and crafts and all sorts of spooky things going on.

More Halloween events to come later!


Food festivals continue…                  

Vigarano Pieve – Sagra della Pera (Pear)

Area Parrocchiale, Via Mantova, at 7.30 p.m.

3rd – 6th October

If you have been into the Ferrarese countryside you will have noticed all the rows of fruit trees typical of this area. This food festival in Vigarano Pieve has an imaginative and mouth-watering pear menu and is well-worth a visit! Try pear and truffle lasagne, pear Tortelli, meat dishes with pear and brandy and of course pear ice-cream!

San Nicolò – Sagra dell’Uva in cucina (Grapes)

4th, 5th & 6th October

Piazza Chiesa, at 7p.m., Sundays midday and 7p.m.

An interesting menu which explores the use of grapes in Ferrarese cuisine. There are sultana sauces, meat stuffed with grapes and risotto with grapes. For dessert try “Sugoli” a type of mousse made from grapes.

Madonna Boschi – Sagra della Salamina da Sugo al Cucchiaio

3rd – 6th &10th – 13th October                                                                                                             

Via Madonna Boschi, 1, at 7.30 p.m., Sundays only at lunchtime (midday)

If you would like to try this unusual Ferrarese dish this is the food festival to go to. This village produces the best Salamina da Sugo in the region.