castagnaccio

Following Tuscany’s chestnut trail

Sampling the pleasures of autumn

Do you want to get away from the city’s hustle and bustle and discover the pleasures of by-gone times? From the mountains of the Mugello to the country side of Chianti, you’ll find a whole series of lovely hamlets where you can sample local traditions, historical treasures and must-try food festivals. The Mugello area is a great place to go if you’re looking to try some of autumn’s delicacies. It’s the land of the ‘Marrone Mugello IGP’ a delectable variety of chestnuts. To learn more about exclusive itineraries nestled admist chestnut groves, visit: The Chestnut Road of Mugello di Marradi.

Not so long ago, the chestnut was a prime staple food for people living in this mountainous area. Today, visitors to Marradi won’t want to miss sampling the famed  'Torta di Marroni' or the area’s typical ‘castagnaccio’, a flat cake made with chestnut flour. To learn more about traditional trades and talented masters who continue to pass their know-how from one generation to the other, why not stop at any one of these interesting museums: Historial Landscape Museum of the Apennines (Firenzuola), Cut Iron Museum (Scarperia) or the Museum of Peasant Culture of Casa d’Erci (in Grezzano, Borgo San Lorenzo). Those who love local history and culture won’t want to miss a visit to The Pietra Serena Museum (Firenzuola), the Mountain Folk Museum (Palazzuolo sul Senio) and the Wine and Vine Museum (Rufina). If, on the other hand, you are up for admiring the area’s artistic treasures, make sure to stop at The Museum of Chini's Works (Borgo San Lorenzo),  The Museum of Sacred Art and Local Religion (Vicchio) and The S. Agata Sacred Art Collection (Scarperia).

Those who wish to continue discovering territories linked to the chestnut harvest will want to make a  journey toward the rolling slopes of the Casentino. Thanks to the Road of Flavors - Casentino, you’ll be able to sample myriad certified products like chestnut flour and Tuscan truffles. Don’t miss a visit to The Eco Museum of the Casentino; this open-air structure offers visitors the chance to experience many theme-based itineraries, including Ortignano Raggiolo. Monte Amata, known as the ‘Chestnut Mountain’ hosts a variety of itineraries for visitors intent of discovering the area. Click here to learn more about the territory’s medieval hamlets. The Fauna Park of Monte Amiata is certainly a great place to go to discover IGP products. See Itinerary. Those who venture toward the scenic Lunigiana, just steps from the sea, will want to try testaroli and many other specialities. Don't miss: the castles of Fivizzano and Licciana Nardi, the Villafranca Mill, the flavors of Pontremoli and Aulla.

Please note: all links are in Italian.
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