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Where to enjoy autumn treats in Tuscany this November

Autumn is showing itself from its best side with the sun warming up the darkening days and the leaves turning a gorgeous reddish brown. Chestnuts, wine, game, olive oil and truffle are on the menu in Tuscany this November and we’ve selected the events where you can enjoy these autumn treats best. Buon appetito!

Sweet for my sweet

The yearly baking Walhalla Dolcemente Pisa is blowing out ten candles this time around – meaning that it’s going to be sweeter than ever! The theme for this anniversary edition is ‘in vino veritas’, uniting Italy’s love for dolci with its fine wine tradition. Get your sweet treat at Stazione Leopolda in Pisa on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November from 10.30 am to 8 pm. More info here (in Italian).

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Wild boar galore

Like game? Then the Sagra del Cinghiale di Chianni is definitely your thing. The second and third weekend of November the town of Chianni is all about enjoying wild boar, the hunting tradition and folkloric celebrations. Traditional local dishes, good wine and merrymaking with a backdrop of sloping hills; it doesn’t get any more Tuscan than this! More info here (in Italian).

Feeling peckish?

Every weekend from the 14th of November to the 8th of December your table is set in Lucca during the market/fair Il Desco – Sapori e Saperi Lucchesi. Discover the local food tradition through workshops, exhibitions and, of course, a lot of tasting. Head to the Real Collegio and save your seat to start eating your way through Lucca. More info here (in Italian).

Green gold

Laudemio extra-virgin olive oil

Laudemio extra-virgin olive oil

Are you a big sucker for Italian olive oil? Then make sure you join the festivities of the Festa dell’Olio di Montemurlo. The party starts on the 15th of November with a market, a farmer’s lunch, tasting and a gospel choir performance. The last three weekends of the month are all dedicated to the green gold and oil-related activities. Check out their website for the entire programme (in Italian).

Truffle hunting by train

San Giovanni d’Asso is all about white truffle for the 30th time in a row during the Mostra del Tartufo Bianco. A special steam engine train is taking you there on the 8th (from Siena) and 15th of November (from Grosseto). It’s an unforgettable experience that Valentina was lucky enough to enjoy. Read about her adventures on the Treno Natura Crete Senesi here and find out more about the Mostra del Tartufo Bianco and the steam train timetable here (in Italian).

TooMuchTruffle

And the truffle fun doesn’t stop there! The world famous white truffle fair of San Miniato is back and takes over the hilltop town during the last three weekends of November and the first weekend of December. The different stalls sell everything that is made with truffle, from sausages to cheeses and from chocolate to beer. It’s a very entertaining and popular pre-Christmas shopping occasion that gets you into high spirits right away. More info here (in Italian).

Ultimate autumn event

Castagne e vino novo
Last, but not least is the ultimate autumn event Castagne e Vino Novo, ‘chestnuts and new wine’, organized by the Cavalieri di Santa Fina, which takes place in San Gimignano on the following days: 31 October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November and 6, 7, 8 December. Head to Piazza del Duomo and follow the smell of chestnuts towards the Loggia del Comune to find the locals handing out wine and caldarroste. More info here (in Italian).

Cheers to autumn!

Sophie Kruijsdijk

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Sophie Kruijsdijk has lived in Florence over five years and went from being an English teacher, to a Dutch blogger to eventually being an international Life Coach. She helps foreigners in Italy deal with the cultural challenge living in Italy brings along. Check out her website www.lifecoachsophie.com or follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LifeCoachSophie

4 Comments

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    Susan And Wade
    October 30, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Hey! Thanks for the updates. We will be in Lucca the weekend of Nov 28, so the Chestnut and Wine festival sounds fun. Have you been before? We’ve been to the White Truffle festival in San Miniato several times, so thinking the Chestnut one needs to be “checked out”. Thoughts?

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      TooMuchVale
      October 30, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Ciao Susan! The Castagne e Vino Novo in San Gimignano is really nice. I suggest also the Wild Boar festival in Chianni, that should be fun but never been there before 🙂

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        Susan And Wade
        November 10, 2015 at 6:10 pm

        As usual, there are just TOO MANY things to do!! Never enough time to visit all of things we wish to see….ah…always next year, right? LOL!

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          TooMuchVale
          November 11, 2015 at 9:55 am

          Nuu, sorry to hear that. Hope you’ll have som time next time 🙂

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