We’re sorry to announce that summer is officially over and that autumn has arrived, going full steam ahead. But don’t despair! October brings us so much fun it will make you go nuts, or chestnuts that is. Yes, Tuscany turns into one big chestnut festival in October and this events list will tell you exactly where & when to go.
The chestnut festival of all chestnut festivals
The 52th Sagra delle Castagne in Marradi can well be named the chestnut festival of all chestnut festivals. It takes place on 4, 11, 18 and 25 October and boasts all the chestnut delicacies imaginable on sale. Treat your taste buds to the highest chestnut quality available: the marrone IGP Mugello. If you want to experience this yearly tradition in style, we highly recommend taking the steam train from Pistoia, Florence or Prato on the 11th of October. Find more info here (in Italian).
A story to savour
Another festival to go chestnuts about is the Sagra del Marrone e dei Frutti del Sottobosco in Palazzuolo sul Senio also taking place on 4, 11, 18 and 25 October. Savour all sort of exquisite chestnut and understory fruit products and buy your IGP chestnuts from Mugello. Check out the programme here (in Italian).
Craving for chocolate? Then head to Piazza della Chiesa in Vergaio, Prato on 11 October for ‘Passioni d’Autunno’ and enjoy the chocolate and chestnut fair. Or would you rather go crazy for funghi? Then the Sagra del Fungo Amiatino is your thing. Find out everything there is to know, taste and see about the famous Monte Amiata mushrooms. This tasty event takes place during the 3rd weekend of October in Bagnolo, Santa Fiora; a place that can call itself the mushroom capital of Italy with over 150 species of funghi.
Like truffles instead? Then make sure you go to Montaione to enjoy the Sagra della Castagna e del Tartufo. Villa Serena turns into a paradise full of truffles, chestnuts and local products like olive oil, wine, homemade bread, honey and Vin Santo. Thanks to the festival’s success, Montaione has become one of the official truffle towns of Italy and the fair attracts over 7000 visitors a year. The truffle hunting dog show will definitely entertain kids as well during a lovely visit to the cute town of Montaione.
The quiet village of Impruneta turns into a wild west town during its traditional San Luca fair. This year the party starts on the 10th and finishes on the 18th of October. Be prepared for farm animals all over the place, cowboys showing their skills, loads and loads of market stalls, a fair ground, fireworks, food galore and much more. Find out more here (in Italian).
Shop – and eat – till you drop!
Get your shopping shot at Leopolda Shopping & Food at the Leopolda station in Florence from 22 to 25 October. Free cooking shows, endless market stalls full of food, free sampling, furniture fair – and all of this at free entrance. Need I say more? Check out the website here (in Italian).
Enjoy October in Tuscany!