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Wine, cheese and food festivals in Tuscany?

Jkh
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Wine, cheese and food festivals in Tuscany?

We can travel to Tuscany either in the Spring or in the Fall and stay up to 15-17 days. Does anyone know of any village food, wine or cheese festivals that we could attend? We have read about some, but never can find a schedule or listing of where and when these would take place. We will have a car and are willing to travel from place to place to attend these events. Are they sometimes connected to religious festivals?

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1. Re: Wine, cheese and food festivals in Tuscany?

Jkh,

This may help http://www.festivals-of-tuscany.com/

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2. Re: Wine, cheese and food festivals in Tuscany?

I would also be interested in a website for this. I know Certaldo has a Tuscan food festival in late September early October.

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3. Re: Wine, cheese and food festivals in Tuscany?

The next big festival start May 23rd in Florence for Gelato where attenders can try to make one themselfes at Piazza Strozzi, Repubblica and Santa Maria Novella until the 27th May

From the 24th to the 27th Serravezza near Lucca hosts the Vegan Festival. In Umbria at Spoleto Vini nel Mondo is a big one June 1-4.

At Incisa Valdarno Cherries Festival on the3rd sunday of June and the watermelon feast the 15th of August.

At Palazzuolo sul Senio Tortello Festival the first sunday of June and Chestnut and Sausage Festival during the second sunday in October.

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4. Re: Wine, cheese and food festivals in Tuscany?

Here's another web page that might hekp you: tuscanyitaly.info/eventsintuscany/eventsintu…

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5. Re: Wine, cheese and food festivals in Tuscany?

You've been given some good links but, to answer your question, they're not usually related to religious festivals. I tend to feel (around here at least) that there are more in the early fall and Sept / Oct we're periods when we're always food festivaling. Cheese in Pienza in early September, honey in Montalcino later in the month, saffron in Citta della Pieve in early October, chestnuts shortly afterwards in Piancastagnaio, chocolate at Perugia and elsewhere and then the truffles, of course. But you'll find them all on the list.

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6. Re: Wine, cheese and food festivals in Tuscany?

Ciao straniera, I don't know if you'll agree but festivals related to religion are scarce in Tuscany as Umbria, Sicily and Abruzzo relive the Easter processions in many villages. Campania, Lazio, Puglia and South Tyrol follow up with the Christmas markets and nativities. In time of recession and cuts on social activities and to local councils, Umbria will never wipe out their traditions being land of saints (Francis, Benedict and Chiara are the most popular) and because have been under the authority of the Pontiff State before Italy was unifed in 1861.

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7. Re: Wine, cheese and food festivals in Tuscany?

They do exist but certainly not on the scale you see elsewhere in the country, Umbria and the south in particular. And where they do it's often merely celebrating the feast day of the local patron saint and it's not a big thing, possibly a small procession plus a village dinner and a visit from the Bishop. Good Friday saw deeply religious processions in the evening in many places, San Quirico, for example but these are not tourist attractions. Easter Sunday at Chiusi Cathedral is quite colourful but, again, you wouldn't go out of your way to catch it. Some of the major feast days throughout the summer are celebrated and Christmas is big, of course, with presepe everywhere and even a Procession of the Magi in Montepulciano. Interestingly, I was talking recently with a woman who spends half the year in our village and the other half at her family home near Genova and she remarked that Tuscany today isn't a Catholic stronghold and that a far smaller percentage of the population have respect for the Church (let alone go to Mass) than you'll find elsewhere. "You're all communists in this part of the country!" she remarked.

Funny, I always refer to going into Umbria as venturing into the Papal States and it confuses visitors who think we're going down to Rome for the day.

Here's another link for festivals: tuscanyitaly.info/eventsintuscany/eventsintu…

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8. Re: Wine, cheese and food festivals in Tuscany?

Here is another link, but only in italian :

www.finesettimana.it

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