Tuscan Heritage and Culture: Village Festivals in October
Tuscan Heritage and Culture: Village Festivals in October
Tuscan Heritage and Culture: Village Festivals in October
Tuscan Heritage and Culture: Village Festivals in October
Tuscan Heritage and Culture: Village Festivals in October
Tuscan Heritage and Culture: Village Festivals in October
Tuscan Heritage and Culture: Village Festivals in October
Tuscan Heritage and Culture: Village Festivals in October
Tuscan Heritage and Culture: Village Festivals in October

Tuscan Heritage and Culture: Village Festivals in October

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Every year, the arrival of October brings with it a host of diverse and delightful village festivals across Tuscany. Coinciding with mushroom and chestnut picking season, it brings an opportunity for many rural towns to celebrate and enjoy their local culture, along with fine wines, music and ancient traditions. Venture out of your luxury villa in Tuscany and sample the sights, sounds and tastes of these rich provincial festivals.

 Soak up the Tuscan Culture on a luxury villa holiday to Italy in October

Chestnut Festival – Marradi – Every Sunday through October

 

October is chestnut season in Tuscany and throughout the month the beautiful region of Marradi hosts an al fresco festival to celebrate their esteemed local variety. Something of a regional delicacy and delicious in all forms, visitors are invited to taste and purchase these famous chestnuts each weekend in October, as well as sample the delicious local cakes and cheeses on offer. What’s more, there’s a very special way to arrive at the festival itself: by an authentic, steam-powered locomotive. Beautifully fitted out with charming vintage details, the train immerses passengers in history and provides a wonderful view of the idyllic Tuscany countryside and its quaint villages. Board the train in Florence for the full Marradi chestnut festival experience.

 

The Fair of St Luke – Impruneta – 13th -18th October

 

La Fiera di San Lucai, or The Fair of St Luke, is held in the rural town of Impruneta and is one of the oldest surviving cattle fairs in Europe, with a history that spans over one thousand years. Held during the week of the feast of St Luke, the event dates back to the times when migrating shepherds would congregate at the site to trade cattle. Although the introduction of modern agriculture and machinery has meant some changes to the fair, it remains an authentic event and in more recent years has come to incorporate the trading of horses. It’s well worth a visit to this attractive part of the countryside - just a short distance from Florence.

 

The Feast of the Thrush – Montalcino – 28th - 29th October


The last week of October brings Sagra del Tordo, or The Feast of the Thrush, in Montalcino. The occasion involves a traditional parade in which locals take to the streets in costumes and march to the sound of drumming and trumpets. It culminates in a spectacular daylong feast, held at the awe-inspiring 14th century castle. Roasted thrushes are the traditional cuisine on offer, as well as a great range of other local foods and excellent locally produced wines. This lively outdoor celebration is followed up by a longbow tournament at the archery field, which makes for extremely entertaining viewing.

 

Sangra del Fungo – Vivo d'Orcia – 2nd and 3rd Weekends in October  

 

Vivo d'Orcia is a small, picturesque village located near Castiglione d'Orcia, which every year becomes dedicated to all things mushroom during the month of October.  A feast of fungal delights, the centre attraction of the culinary offerings is the local porcini mushroom dishes, along with chestnuts. On walks lead by nature guides, guests can also learn about the species of mushrooms that grow in the area. There is also the much-loved Palio del Boscaiolo event in which two teams from the town compete to cut up logs to make stools using antique saws, before eating a special polenta dish.

 

Luxurious Tuscan Villas

 

Villa Lauro: Dating back to the 11th century and formerly a watch tower, Villa Lauro  is unique in its splendour and majesty, and perfectly encapsulates the essence of Tuscan glamour. With commanding 360 degree views over the Reschio estate on which it sits, it features lavish modern interiors with double height ceilings offering a sense of space. Sleeping up to 12 people across 6 bedrooms it is available from €20,200/week.

 

Villa Amiata: Offering sweeping views of spectacular Tuscan countryside, Villa Amianta is paradise on earth. The rustic interior evokes the charm of Italy, while the villa’s idyllic setting will make you never want to leave. Think original features, exposed wooden beams, and muted pastel colours. Villa Amianta sleeps 6 guests and is available from €12,600/week.

 

Villa Fontelunga: The inimitable Villa Fontelunga is awash in Tuscan characteristics that make the property rental an ideal choice for those seeking an authentic experience. From the vivacious but elegant exterior to the exposed brickwork ceilings on the interior, the luxury villa is quality in all aspects. Villa Fontelunga can be rented from €17,500 and sleeps up to 18 guests.

 

Please contact the Firefly team to discuss your luxury villa rental in Tuscany.

 

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