Ferrara Balloons Festival 2018

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Free balloon flights, competitions, and a spectacular night flight with lighted balloons
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Ferrara Balloons Festival is one of the largest festivals of hot-air ballooning in Europe, with over 180,000 visitors on the 300,000 square meters of the Bassani Urban Park. More than 3,000 flights and 30 teams from Italy and abroad, bringing their many-coloured craft and special shapes, and more than 300 shows will light the green oasis just outside the Renaissance walls of the Unesco World Heritage City. After gaining the “Italian Heritage” acknowledgement, the Festival is going to take place from September, 7th to 16th , 2018.

The most important Balloons Festival in Italy, and one of the best in Europe, this event is a perfect mix of attractions and novelties to entertain all guests, in a beautiful natural setting, with bike paths, walking paths, little lakes and lagoons, at a small walking dostance to the historical centre of Ferrara, gem of the Renaissance and UNESCO World Heritage.

Many sport events and enterteinments for both kids and adults will be available. Wine and food tastings, music and art enterteinment, two contests (a photo contest and a second one for school groups), and many more activities will be organized, and shopping in the Park cannot be missed! Tons of sports and family fun, all revolving around these silent giants of the air: an opportunity you should jump on for a wonderful stay in Ferrara.
The huge hot air balloons will fly twice a day at 7,30 AM and at 5 PM, while they will shine with light and music during the “Night Glow”. New “Special shapes” will come this year: “Woody Woodpecker” and “Schroeder Cat” among the others.

A Camper Area will be organized aside the Festival. At the Kids Garden, children will experiment lots of fun activities, as well as didactic laboratories. An entire pavillion will be dedicated to Military Areonautics, while the Carabinieri Corps will perform some of their best-known activities.



Taking off from the Giorgio Bassani Park's Hot Air Balloon Arena and landing in complete safety in a spot located during the flight excursion with a ground crew that will follow you and bring you back to the park by car.
All that is left is for you to enjoy the spectacle of the landscapes from above while the pilots will remain at your service to answer your question  about the flight.
Inflows and take-offs: in the morning at 7 a.m. and in the afternoon at 5.30 p.m. (timetable for free flights may vary depending on weather conditions).
Flight Duration: from 45 to 60 minutes (flight duration is dictated by wind conditions, speed and availability of landing spots).
Total duration (inflating, flying and landing): up to 3 hours.
From monday to friday:
Single flight € 150,00 -  Ikea Family Card's holder € 120,00
Two or more flights € 130,00 each - Ikea Family Card's holder € 99,00 each
Saturday and sunday:
Single flight € 190,00 - Ikea Family Card's holder € 160,00
Two or more flights € 160.00 each - Ikea Family Card's holder € 140,00 each
Discounted price apply only to the IKEA FAMILY or IKEA BUSINESS cardholder
Write to or call + 39 345 2313191 (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and  from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) to check the availability of date and time
Validate your reservation by making an advanced payment
Send the receipt for the bank transfer to accompanied with the passenger's name and contact details.
Within the city park Giorgio Bassani is set up specially dedicated to the fixed flight of balloons which, securely grounded with special ropes, are raised about 30 meters offering the Festival's performance from above.
Saturdays and Sundays: 10.00 -12.00 and 16.00 -20.00.*
Monday to Friday 17.30 -20.00.*
* All flights of balloons are subject to specific meteorological conditions. The Organization of the Ferrara Balloons Festival reserves the right to suspend, postpone or modify the flight program (free and / or restricted) if the weather or other conditions cause security.
€ 9,00 adult
€ 7,00 child
€ 23,00 Package Family 2 adults + 1 child
€ 29,00 Package Family 2 adults + 2 children
The purchase of the ticket for the anchored flights can be made only during the Festival and directly at the park.


Ferrara - Parco Urbano "G. Bassani"


September 7th-16th, 2018


All day


Free entrance from Monday to Friday. Weekends: entrance with a fee: euro 5,00 from 8 AM to 9.30 PM. 0-12 years old: free entrance. Free parking.


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