Every season has its own charm, but Autumn is definitely one of the best times to come to Tuscany. September is the wine month, while October and November mean olive harvest, truffle hunting, mushrooms, chestnuts and … squids! The weather is perfect for long walks and also for great tastings. Fall gives us lot of nice sunny days, but I’m sure you’ll find the autumn rain under the Tuscan sky equally romantic too. So, take note of these top festivals for foodies in Tuscany. Buon divertimento!
A festival to honour the famous poet Giovanni Boccaccio. Cooking shows, pastry lessons, markets, wine tastings and educational children’s workshops on the streets of one of Tuscany’s best-known cities of art.
When: September 20, 21 and 27, 28 in Certaldo Alto (Florence)
The end of summer marks the beginning of the grape harvest, so many festivals dedicated to wine are held in the most beautiful Tuscan hamlets. Here are some of the best “Festa dell’Uva”:
Festa dell’Uva in Scansano (Grosseto) September 27 and 28
Festa dell’uva 2014 in Impruneta (Florence) September 28
Festa dell’uva 2014 in Capoliveri (Elba Island) October 4-6
Treno Natura or Nature train means vintage train rides combined with special food fairs. Among the 2014 Nature train stops you can visit: Porcini mushroom festival in Vivo d’Orcia, in October and the Truffle fair and market in San Giovanni d’Asso, in November.
When: from September 28 to December 8
In October, Marradi celebrates the king of Autumn. The chestnut festival is a great opportunity to taste local delicacies such as ravioli, cakes, jams, marrons glacés, roasted chestnuts and traditional products deriving from the forest too. Street artists and wandering musicians will enliven Sundays during the festival.
When: October 5, 12, 19 and 26, Marradi (Florence)
San Miniato (Pisa) gears up to host the annual white truffle fair in San Miniato. Here the total annual harvest is about 80 tons annually (25% of the national total annual harvest).
When: November: 15 – 16, 22 – 23, 29 – 30 and December 6– 7 – 8 2014 in San Miniato (Pisa)
Find out here the top truffle festivals in Tuscany
Have you ever tasted fresh extra virgin olive oil? Every year, in Montemurlo (Prato), a big feast to celebrate the olive harvestis is held. Here you can enjoy good music, join organized excursions and taste fresh extra virgin olive oil.
When: November 9 - 17 in Montemurlo (Prato)
The festival takes place within the town’s medieval city walls, the Rocca Aldobrandesca, which encircle the historic centre. Food stands are set up along the city streets and alleyways, which serve foods made from chestnuts like Castagnaccio, Crastate, Brodolose, Monne, Suggioli, and Marrone chestnut jam.
When: November 1- November 2 in Piancastagnaio (Siena)
In Capraia island the summer season ends in November with the squid fest (Sagra del Totano). The squid fest of Capraia consists of two different events, the fishing competition and then the food festival.
When: November 1 and 2 in Capraia island (Livorno)
A rich programme of events, tastings, recipes, culinary traditions, art and meetings to explore the foods and traditions of Lucca.
When: during the weekends, from November 15 to December 8
See you there!