Chestnut fever: Chestnut festivals in Tuscany

The best chestnut festivals scheduled for this Autumn in Tuscany

For centuries chestnuts were a staple food of the inhabitants of the Tuscan mountains, due to its versatility and the high level of calories they provide. 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 (2017 dates):

Chestnut festival in the Mugello (Firenze area) - October 8, 15, 22 and 29

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 27 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

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 14,15 and 21, 22. 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.
27 Oct 2017

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