Harder to capture on camera is the local foodie culture, which packs a punch (a peach, actually). Londa is best known for being home to the Florence province’s fabled fruit, the Pesca Regina, or “Queen Peach,” protected as an official Slow Food product. Long a symbol of summer, here peaches are the local pride and joy. Super-sweet and with white pulp, the Pesca Regina di Londa is known for its late maturation (a phenomenon literally described as a frutta tardiva): they’re at their best during mid-September.
Naturally, this is one of the liveliest times of the year in Londa. The town hosts the colorful Festa di Settembre, a series of concerts, market stalls and cooking competitions, including a polenta contest among the town’s neighborhoods. But the main attraction is the Festa della Pesca Regina, which “pits” producers against each other in a bid for the Pesca d’Argento (Silver Peach) prize. Topping it off is a fireworks show on the banks of the town lake—a human-made body of water distinct from the rambling Rincine.