«Let’s bring the nightlife to Ferrara»

«Ferrara can and must become like Ibiza». He places no limits on his ambitions Alessio Saletti, a 23-year-old from Modena, among the protagonists of the rebirth of «Sound Gardens» in via della Ricstruitura in Pontelagoscuro, historic disco surrounded by greenery overlooking the Po river. For some time the venue had lost the appeal that had made it a point of reference at the beginning of the 2000s and now a group of young people are giving it a second life, all students aged 18 to 23, who chose to embrace the project that started from an idea by Saletti.

The purchase

«It all started in a funny way» says he, who is just a few months away from graduating in Economics at the University of Ferrara. «From Modena I moved to Ferrara, where my grandmother already lived» he explains, and «last February, while I was walking along the Po embankment, I noticed that enormous place for the first time, a wonderful place at first sight”. At that moment, however, the spark doesn’t strike immediately, but it lights up the following week. «A friend of mine – he continues – notices on a real estate site that that place is for sale and so we contact the old owner and, getting together, spending our savings and with a significant help from our parents, we managed to buy it.” Now, after around four months of renovation work and with a work team already built between PR managers, bartenders, event organizers and lighting and audio technicians, the “Sound Gardens” are ready to reopen their doors to the public at the end of the month .

The opening

The ribbon cutting is scheduled for May 24th, while the following day, Saturday May 25th, the first real evening entitled «We Are Back» is on the calendar for which pre-sales are already active. The main target of the events will be mainly young people between 18 and 25 years old, but «since we know that it is a historic venue also appreciated by a more adult clientele, we thought about having evenings for the over 30s too. After all, we feel that there is a great desire to leave the house, to be outside and to dance, even more so after the closures due to Covid” adds Saletti. «I just hope that everything goes well – he concludes – because I believe that Ferrara can be a meeting point for nightlife like Riccione is for the whole of Italy. There’s everything here and we can really attract a lot of young people.”

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