Museo dell'ocarina e degli strumenti musicali in terracotta Franco Ferri


Museum of the ocarina and terracotta musical instruments Franco Ferri

Where: Via Garibaldi, 35 - 40054 Budrio (BO)

Museo Franco Ferri - Ph Pierluigi Mioli
Museo Franco Ferri - Ph Pierluigi Mioli

The ocarina is a popular musical windinstrument in terracotta, made in various dimensions, capable of playing concertos in various tonalities.


It was invented by a native of Budrio, Giuseppe Donati, in 1853 and was very successful throughout the 19th century, also internationally, so much so that it was even produced in Paris and London. Concerts by early groups of ocarina- players from Budrio were performed for the Tsar and at the Moulin Rouge. Today the ocarina is celebrated in a biennial festival which brings together artists and fans from all over the world.

The Ocarina Museum, the only one in the world, illustrates the evolution of this particular musical instrument, the construction techniques and the traditional musical repertories, through numerous examples and a rich documentary, bibliographical and audio collection.

The International Ocarina Festival of Budrio is a biennial event which takes place in the spring of odd-numbered years.
The festival is the occasion for gathering together artists and ocarina  lovers coming from all over the world.

On 24 September 2011, the museum was named after Franco Ferri , founder with other Budriesi of the Municipal School of Ocarina and long promoter , supporter and collector of instruments and documents pertaining to the history of the ocarina Budrio .


Timetable: open from h 10.30 am -12.30 pm and from h 2 pm to 5 pm on reservation

Entrance: free entry

Reservation: Ph. 0039 051 51801220 or write to


At  InfoPoint "Lo Dolce Piano" at Le Torri dell'Acqua, visitors have to show up in compliance with COVID rules.

How to get there
Info on the tourist location

URP (Public Relation Office)
Address: Piazza Filopanti, 11 - 40054 Budrio (BO)
Ph:  0039 051 6928210  Fax:  0039 051 6928285
Free Number:  800 215 255

Opening times:

Monday to Friday 8.00am - 1.00pm

Wednesday  8.30am - 1.00pm / 3.00pm - 6.00pm
Saturday 8.30am - 11.30am

Opening times in August: 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  8.00am - 1.00pm

Wednesday 8.30am - 1.00pm
Saturday  8.30am - 11.30am
Closed on: Sundays


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Last update: 04-05-2022