The Flavors of Fall in November
Just like October, November is dedicated to the typical flavors of autumn in Tuscany: bottling of the new wine begins, usually referred to as vino novello, the olive harvest has begun with pressing of new olive oil, chestnuts and mushroom hunting are in full force. There's a type of mushroom/tuber, in particular, that is eagerly anticipated and celebrated, a very prestigious, exquisite and uncommon one... know which one I'm talking about? Keep on reading to find out about the many activities this month!
Below you will find a list of some of our favorite food festivals, as well as exhibitions, events, and markets for the month of November.
Traveling to Florence while visiting Tuscany? Remember to check out the calendar for Florence and the many select events that happen in this great city. We also encourage you to check out the exciting list of Exhibits going on all over Tuscany.
We are constantly updating the activities for each year, however, if they have not yet been posted by official sites then we write in TBA (to be announced) - so keep checking in with us...or write us on the Forum.
Author's Note: This article was last updated on October 30 , 2018, to make sure we’re giving you up-to-date info, if the dates have not yet been announced then we indicate TBA (to be announced)
Italy | All Saint's Day | November 1st
A Religious National Holiday
Very much celebrated throughout the entire country, the day coincides with the major Catholic holiday celebrating the dearly departed and saints. Many will make a long weekend out of the holidays this year and you will find lots of Italian tourists flooding the cities and tourist points.
Public transport works on a festive schedule. Many stores will be closed. Check hours in advance for museums, monuments, and churches.
Tuscany | #DOMENICALMUSEO | 1° Sunday in November
A standing appointment every month
How about enjoying a bit of art, history, and culture on a Sunday? How about enjoying it with free admission? Then mark the first Sunday of the month on your calendar and make note of the following State museums (and archaeological areas) across Tuscany where you can take advantage of the free entrance.
Arezzo | FIERA ANTIQUARIA | November 3 & 4
The oldest and the biggest antique fair
Many years ago, Ivan Bruschi gave life to one of the oldest and biggest antique fairs in Tuscany...maybe even all of Italy. He transformed his love for the old, unique and precious into an event that fills the streets of Arezzo every first Sunday of the month and the Saturday that precedes it that month.
Panzano in Chianti | APRILANTE | 1st Sunday in November
Handcrafts & Vintage
We know they call the fair "April" ante, but it really goes all year round! This monthly market in the streets of this charming town in Chianti is where you will find hand crafts, vintage and delicious typical foods and all of it this is just outside in the countryside surrounding Florence.
Greve in Chianti | IL PAGLIAIO | Every 4th Sunday of November
Organic and Artisan Market
Piazza Matteotti is filled with locals who feature goods from their gardens, their kitchens, and their workshops. Often you will find not only great bargains but music and opportunities to do some taste testing.
Barga | MERCATINO ANTIQUARIATO | 2nd weekend of the month
head into the Garfagnana
It's not all about the food, in fact just north of Lucca in the area known as the Garfagnana you will find fall colors, flavors and an antique fair that merits a visit.
Anghiari | CENTOGUSTI DELL'APPENNINO | Nov 1 - 4
the flavors and perfumes of the Valtiberina
This is a food festival dedicated to the local culinary delights, with the participation of some of the Tuscan "Slow Food" cities, such as Greve in Chianti. Wine and food tastings, culinary workshops, meetings, and practical demonstrations are aimed to entertain and offer a tasty three-days-of-food manifestation. And how could we not mention the annual “walk of the Hundred-Tastes”, which will take place on Sunday 04th November, with the outer walls as it’s starting point?
Arezzo | AGRIeTOUR & APIeTOUR | Nov 15 & 16
This event concentrates on the agriturismo experience and is an annual date for everyone working in the agricultural and green tourism sector. At the same time, there is APIeTOUR (a play on words in Italian Api means bee). It is mainly aimed at all those working in the beekeeping sector with information, technical advice and news on the subject, it is also meant to offer a wide range of products you can buy made with a base of honey, from food to cosmetics, thus becoming a more attractive and interesting event for the general public.
San Miniato | TARTUFO BIANCO | Nov 10 - 11, 17 - 18, 24 - 25
48th Exhibition Market Festival of White Truffle
San Miniato was home to a truffle fair in October, which was only a preview of what was to come every weekend in November: International Market and Fair of the White Truffle. This fair always attracts lots of people coming from everywhere in Italy and abroad, and not only truffle experts. True aficionados eagerly await this occasion to taste hundreds of local recipes based on truffles, as well as savor the tastiest culinary delights of the country. A real paradise for foodies, experts connoisseurs and... everyone that loves food!
Montepulciano | TOSCANA GUSTANDO | NOV 10 - 11
compare the flavors of the north and south
The city center will host Toscana Gustando: a culinary itinerary that will guide you to the discovery of traditional local restaurants and wineries. This year the theme compares Tuscany with that of the gastronomic tradition of Friuli and Venice.
Figline Valdarno | AUTUMNIA | Nov 9 - 10 - 11
Agricoltura - Ambiente - Alimentazione
Figline Valdarno will be hosting Autumnia, a fair focused on the area's products that, considering the central position of the city, will also include specialties from Siena, Arezzo, and Florence. Florence and its province will be home, like many other Tuscan localities, to a plethora of food festivals focusing on the tastes of fall. There are many food festivals taking place in several locations of Florence and its surroundings chocolate, truffles, mushrooms and more ... you absolutely don't want miss out!
San Giovanni d'Asso | MOSTRA MERCATO PER TARTUFO | Nov. 10 - 11 & 17 - 18
truffles from the Creti Senese
Another area famous for its truffles, San Giovanni d'Asso will be open its doors, markets, and museums for the guests to taste and explore the delicate flavors and recipes of the black and white truffles. The calendar is filled with cooking demonstrations, steam engine train rides, organized search parties for the “Diamond of the Creti Senese”.
Monteriggioni | CORRI SULLA FRANCIGENA | November 10 -11
Another way to follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims towards Rome
For all those who love doing some genuine sport and movement, and then indulge themselves in a few culinary excesses, Corri sulla Francigena is a great running event to add to your holiday in Tuscany. It includes an itinerary dedicated to one of the many off-the-beaten tracks areas of Tuscany that will lead you to suggestive landscapes and marvelous panoramas, along the ancient Francigena road. The race is a non-competitive family fun run, so you could also take part just for enjoying the locations in this beautiful area of Tuscany.
San Gimignano | CASTAGNE E VINO NUOVO | every Sunday in Nov and Nov 1st
Chestnuts and red, red wine in the square
In San Gimignano, it's time for chestnuts and the new wine! As of tradition, the Loggia del Comune in Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral square) will be housing the gastronomic event par excellence of the fall season: Castagne e Vino Nuovo (Chestnuts and new wine)
Lucca | COMICS & GAMES | Oct 31 - Nov 4
in Lucca it really is all fun & games
The Lucca Comics and Games International Convention is "THE" convention which celebrates cartoons and comics, with no limit on time or space.
Orbetello | CORRI NELLA RISERVA | Nov 18
Discover the Natural Reserve of Feniglia
The trail is on the dirt roads of the Reserve Feniglia, an uncontaminated environment and the perfect place for those on foot, by bike … or even the animals to roam freely. Considered a fairly easily, you can run or pedal your way through the pine forests, sometimes finding yourself face to face with deer, squirrels, pheasants, flamingos and maybe even a “cinghiale" (wild boar).
Civitella Paganico | FESTA DEL BUCO UNTO | Nov 9 - 11
first press olive oil festival
This is a manifestation dating back centuries ago that is deeply rooted in the ancient traditions of the town. It's a sort of food festival dedicated to the tastes of Fall, like the new oil and wine that also offers music, typical markets and fun for everyone! Are you may be wondering what Buco Unto is? Local inhabitants of Civitella Paganico picked up this nickname for their oily pant bottoms. How did this happen? It is said that when people, men, in particular, went to Holy Mass and knelt down to pray, their greased shoes always dirtied their pants, and thus leaving their bottoms oily ;-).
Roccalbegna | RITO DELLA FOCARAZZA | 24 Nov
set the night on fire
Another manifestation that is strongly tied to local cultural identity is Rito della Focarazza, that takes place every year in Roccalbegna on the 24th and 25th of November. It's a sort of competition among the contrade (quarters) of the city, that will try to get to the ”stollo”, an oak beam erected in the middle of the ”focarazza”, in English: a woodpile set alight The fun begins when the different teams attempt steal it for their own rione, making their way through the streets of Roccalbegna.
Montemurlo | FESTA DI OLIO NUOVO | see the program for exact calendar
The adventure begins at the antique castle “La Rocca"
Montemurlo near both Prato & Florence will be home to the New Oil Festival, an event dedicated not only to this typical product, also known as liquid gold, but also aimed to offer photo and art exhibitions, traditional dinners and much more. All week long beginning on the 11th you will find many fun activities.
Capalbio | TAROT GARDEN | November
This is Niki de Saint Phalle's esoteric sculpture garden based on the Tarot cards, located in Tuscany created with a medieval look. November, December, January, February & March, specifically the first Saturday in the month, from 9 am to 1 pm, the park's founder Niki de Saint Phalle has decided to grant all visitors free entry. If this Saturday falls on a public holiday, the Giardino will open the following Saturday.
Porto of Livorno | MARE DI VINO | Nov 17 & 18
showcasing the wines Livorno & the Costa degli Etruschi
Over 3000 square meters of exhibition space featuring the wines from Bolgheri and Val di Cornia, as well as those from Montescudaio, Riparbella and the area of Terratico di Bibbona and the Islands of Elba and Capraia. In addition to the wines, there will be a space dedicated to stands about the olive oil from these areas. Don't miss your chance to widen your horizons and taste some great wines that reside outside of the classical wine areas in Tuscany.
Massa Marittima | GUSTATREKKING | Nov 11
Discover the Maremma through your 5 senses
Walking your way through colors, fragrances and the flavors of the land. The trail starting in Tatti near Massa Marittima will take you through the vineyards, fields, and forests throughout the Maremma where it will stop into the small town to celebrate the local festival and the new olive oil for 2018!
Lucca | IL DESCO | Nov 30 - Dec (weekends only)
the flavors & know-how of Lucca in exhibition
Among all the places hosting a wine-and-food festival in November, Lucca could not be left out of the line-up! Il Desco - Sapori e Saperi Lucchesi is taking place at the Real Collegio in the very heart of the city, every weekend: it's a fair dedicated to food which will highlight typical local (and as of 2018, local and beyond in other regions of Italy) products and offer culinary workshops for both children and grown-ups, tasting stands and more. Food won't be the exclusive protagonist of this event, art and culture will also play a very important role.
Anghiari | FESTA DI SAN MARTINO e DEI BRINGOLI | 2nd weekend of Nov
and handmade pasta and meat sauce
Festa di San Martino e dei Bringoli, 10 & 11 Nov 2018, is held annually in Anghiari and attracts tourists from everywhere in Tuscany thanks to the “bringoli", a type of handmade spaghetti prepared with water and flour then served with a mushroom or meat sauce. You will also find stands with grilled sausage, chestnuts, local wine and more.
Pitigliano | SANTI VINAI | Nov 9 -10 -11
Vino Novello and Newly pressed olive oil
In the cantina's underneath the city, come and explore not only the totally unique architecture of this amazing town in southern Tuscany by participating in special tours and hikes around the inside and outside of the city walls. All this to work on an appetite so you can enjoy the wonderful flavors of the fall season including vino novello and the first taste of the extra virgin olive oil.