Chestnuts in Tuscany
From early October till the beginning of December, the Tuscan Autumn proposes many initiatives to celebrating chestnuts, especially on the mountains, where in the past times this fruit was a fundamental product for the feeding of the populations, due to its versatility and the high level of calories they provide, especially those in the lower walks of life. Their importance for the survival of mountain inhabitants was so decisive that chestnuts were literally called “the bread of the poor”, since with their flour many products such bread, biscuits and polenta were prepared. That’s why many villages still celebrate the fall season with special dishes made with chestnuts and big festivals.
As the weather in Tuscany provides a mild autumn, with plenty of sunny days, what could be better than an outdoor tour! Here are some of the best chestnut events scheduled for this Autumn in Tuscany (2016 dates):
Chestnut festival in the Mugello (Firenze area) – October 30
Street bands and plenty of food including local delicacies such as ravioli, cakes, jams, marrons glacés, and roasted chestnuts. Lovers of steam trains can also arrive in the old train that connects Florence to Marradi.
Crastatone festival in Piancastagnaio (Siena area) – October 28 to November 1st
The Monte Amiata area offers an extensive calendar of chestnut festivals. The oldest is the Crastatone, held from October 28 to November 1 in Piancastagnaio, and which is filled with traditional dishes, music and dancing in the streets, reliving the atmosphere of an authentic rural village.
The festival takes place within the town’s medieval city walls, the Rocca Aldobrandesca, which encircle the old town centre. Food stalls are set up in the streets and alleyways, serving food made from chestnuts.
Chestnut festival in Caprese Michelangelo (Arezzo area)- Last two weekends of October
Caprese Michelangelo, the birthplace of Michelangelo Buonarroti, will host the Chestnut Festival on October 15,16 and 22, 23. On the streets of the old town and in the square of the Castle overlooking the village, visitors can taste and buy roasted chestnuts, mulled wine, donuts, jams and sweet chestnut polenta.
Chestnuts festival in Fivizzano (Massa area) – November 20
On November 20 the Chestnut festival is back to Fivizzano. Don’t miss the historical running competition, the food market and the walking tours.