Ferrara Piano Festival is a nonprofit dedicated to helping young musicians build an international performing career as well as creating a bridge between the American and European piano worlds. Ferrara Piano Festival was founded in 2013 by Italian pianist Simone Ferraresi. Ferrara Piano Festival is a 501(c)(3) organization and a registered charity in New York State. All donations are Tax Deductible.

Travel and Accommodation

All applicants admitted to participate in the Ferrara Piano Festival are responsible for all travel expenses. Upon admission to the Master Classes, further details concerning arrival/departure dates will be communicated to the competitors.

The nearest airport to Ferrara is Bologna "Guglielmo Marconi" (BLQ). There is a shuttle from BLQ to Ferrara, please see the website www.ferrarabusandfly.it/en for details.                     

Where to sleep

Accommodation in a host family will be free of charge for admitted active students who are non-Italian residents, and it will be subject to limited availability, offered on a first-come first-serve basis. This means, the earlier you register, the higher is the chance to get free accommodation!

Please note that free accommodation is provided for the active student only, and is not available for a person who is traveling to Ferrara with the active student.

Another inexpensive accommodation solution will be provided by the Ferrara University Residence Halls. The price per night is 30 Euros. Please reserve as soon as you can by sending us an email at our address: info@ferrarapiano.org

Men's Residence Hall

Women's Residence Hall

Participants traveling and living with another person during the Festival may choose to stay in a Bed and Breakfast in Ferrara.

The following is a list of Hotels and Bed&Breakfasts with special prices for the Festival participants:

Hotel Carlton

Single Room: €52 per night

Double Room (for one person): €60 per night

Double Room: €68 per night

Triple Room: €83 per night

Cancellations: No cancellation fee is due if the cancellation is made by 12:00pm of the day before arrival.

Contact info: info@hotelcarlton.net – 0039-0532.211130 fax 0039-0532.205766

"LE 2 COMARI" Restaurant will have a special price of € 20,00 per person per meal.

Il Giardino Fiorito

"A few yards from the National Archaeological Museum (where the Ferrara Piano Festival is held), the Church of Santa Maria in Vado, the Monastery of Sant’Antonio in Polesine and the old Jewish Ghetto, "Il Giardino Fiorito" offers, in an ancient palace, large and elegantly furnished rooms provided with private bathroom, air conditioning , kitchenette, color TV, telephone and wi-fi. The nice garden is a charming place where the guests can have their breakfast and spend pleasant hours in the warm season."

Single Room € 50 per night, breakfast included and 5% discount for three nights or more.
Double Room € 65 per night, breakfast included and 5% discount for three nights or more.
Triple Room  80 per night, breakfast included and 5% discount for three nights or more.

Il Giardino di Rebecca

"The Room and Breakfast Il Giardino di Rebecca is located in a countryside setting but within close reach of the historic centre of Ferrara, a 10-minute drive from Este Castle. Our guest house welcomes you in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.
The spacious rooms are equipped with wi-fi, air-conditioning, television in order to render your stay pleasant.
The property has a large private car park. Recently renovated and furnished in a modern style, the bed and breakfast is surrounded by a garden where guests can relax in summer time, away from the city traffic, immersed in an oasis of tranquillity. Enjoy the private parking, small swimming pool, sun terrace, sauna, Jacuzzi, and bike rental service.
Enjoy our outdoor patio where breakfast is served al fresco."

Double Room 50 Euros (includes breakfast)

Single Room 40 Euros (includes breakfast)

Where to eat

Details coming soon.


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