Autumn is back in Tuscany, and you can find the best seasonal flavors and the most romantic atmosphere just a few km from Florence. In the Mugello area it’s chestnut harvest time, truffle season and also time to celebrate the local Pinot noir. Countless food and wine festivals are organized in the most charming towns and if you are looking for a perfect October getaway take note of these top 9 events:
Fiera di Ottobre in Dicomano (October fest) - October 3,4 and 7
Food stalls and the best local delicacies to taste and buy. On Sunday 4, don’t miss the grape cart parade with free wine for everybody. More info here (in Italian): Fiera di Ottobre in Dicomano.
Sagra delle Castagne in Marradi (Chestnut fair) - October 4, 11, 18 and 25
Street bands and plenty of food including local specialties such as ravioli, cakes, jams, marrons glacés, and roasted chestnuts. Lovers of steam trains can also arrive riding the old train that connects Florence to Marradi. Info (in Italian), Sagra delle Castagne.
Sagra del marrone e dei frutti del sottobosco in Palazzuolo sul Senio (Chestnuts and forest foods feast) in Palazzuolo sul Senio – October 4,11,18 and 25
Plenty of food stalls where you can taste and buy the famous IGP Mugello chestnuts, mushrooms, truffles and countless foods made with these ingredients. More info (in Italian): Sagra del Marrone e dei frutti del sottobosco.
More Chestnut fairs: • Festa del Marrone e dei prodotti tipici (Chestnut and traditional foods fair) in San Piero a Sieve – October 11 and 18. More info (in Italian), here • Festa del Marrone e dei prodotti tipici (Chestnut and traditional foods fair) in Vicchio – October 11 and 18
W la Patata in Firenzuola (Potato feast) – October 4
Potato feast (first edition).
Dal Bosco alla Pietra in Firenzuola (From the wood to the stone) – October 11 to 18
Sale and tasting of local food products + a sculpture exhibition.
Scarperia wine in Scarperia– October 31 – November 1st
Pinot Noir exposition with wine and food tastings.
Mostra mercato del tartufo bianco e nero (White truffle festival) in Barberino di Mugello – October 24 and 25
Sale and tasting of white and black truffle + artisan market. Special thanks to Valentina Dainelli for this great event list :)