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November Events

The Flavors of Fall in November

Just like October, November is dedicated to the typical flavours of autumn in Tuscany: bottling of the new wine begins, usually referred to as vin 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.

We are constantly updating the activities for the 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.

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.

November Events:  Grape Harvest & the Vendemmia

We are constantly updating the activities for the 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.

The events are not in any type of order, so scroll all the way down to find out every last drop of fun!

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 free entrance.

See a List of State Museums in Tuscany

 


Pistoia | CAPITALE CULTURALE D’ITALIA | 2017

the Cultural Capital of Italy for 2017

Celebrate together with Pistoia! Between classical music concerts, art exhibits, cultural activities, blues & jazz in the town squares and so much more, this stunning little Tuscan town is prepared to show the world their true colors when it comes to their cultural prowess. Each month they are planning over 200 events including theater, music, book presentations, learning labs and more. Check in here every month to see select highlights from the Pistoia calendar.

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Pistoia: Events November 2017

 


Arezzo | FIERA ANTIQUARIA | November 4 & 5

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.

Official Site

 


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.

Official link

Markets in and Around Florence November 2017

 


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.

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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.

 


cantine aperte a san martino nella Toscana

Tuscany | CANTINE APERTE A SAN MARTINO | Nov 11 & 12

wine cellars open to the public

The Movimento Turismo del Vino has arranged another fantastic opportunity to taste some of the region's best. This time there is an event at the Museum of Brunello, in Montalcino with tastings of the Vino Novello, new oil and several of the great wines from the area. Another participant - closer to Florence is Tenuta Bacco a Petroio and if you are near Montepulciano then be sure to add the Vecchia Cantina to your itinerary on the 13th. Visit the official site for a detailed program.

Official link

 


Anghiari | CENTOGUSTI DELL'APPENNINO | Oct 28 - Nov 1

the flavours 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.

 


Arezzo | AGRIeTOUR & APIeTOUR | Nov 17 & 19

Outdoors and Bees Knees

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 to 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.

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San Miniato | TARTUFO BIANCO | Nov 11 - 12, 18 - 19, 25 - 26

47th Exhibition Market Festival of White Truffle

That said, what I certainly couldn't forget to keep you informed about is the event par excellence of the province of the Leaning Tower, dedicated to one of the most prestigious foods of our culinary panorama: truffles. 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 most tasty culinary delights of the country. A real paradise for foodies, experts connoisseurs and... everyone that loves food!

Official link

 


Montepulciano | TOSCANA GUSTANDO | NOV 11 - 12

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 Trentino Alto Adige.

Official link

 


Montespertoli | FESTA DEL VINO NOVELLO | November 12 - 19

and olive oil, bread & truffles are on the menu

Come celebrate the new flavors of fall with Montespertoli for two weekends of taste testing and the new crop. Set in the suggestive hills, vineyards and hamlet just west of Florence, this town is a great little day trip to explore the traditions of Tuscany and the landscapes of the region.

Events & Activities in November 2017 Tuscany

 


Acquaviva | FESTA DEL CIBO DI STRADA | November 17

Street Food is what's hot in Tuscany

In this small town outside of Montepulciano, they will host the Festa del Cibo di Strada, the Street Food Festival, a culinary fair dedicated to street and fast food, which often represents the most authentic, genuine and simple dishes of our local traditions and recipes.

Official link

 


Figline Valdarno | AUTUMNIA | Nov 11 - 12 - 13

Agricoltura Ambiente Alimentazione

Figline Valdarno will be housing 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!

Official link

Events in Tuscany this November

 


San Giovanni d'Asso | MOSTRA MERCATO PER TARTUFO | Nov. 11 - 12 & 18 - 19

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 flavours and recipes of the black and white truffles.

Official link

 


Monteriggioni | 19th CORRI SULLA FRANCIGENA | November 12

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 an running event: an itinerary dedicated to one of the many off-the-beaten tracks of Tuscany that will lead you to suggestive landscapes and marvellous 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.

Official link

 


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)

Official link

 


Lucca | COMICS & GAMES (GOLD) | Nov 1 - 5

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.

Official Website

November Events: Lucca Comics

 


Orbetello | CORRI NELLA RISERVA | Nov 19

Discover the Natural Reserve of Feniglia

The trail is one 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).

Official link

 


Arezzo | MERCATINO DI NATALE | Nov 18 - Dec 26

A night of laterns

Open from November till December this Christmas market in Arezzo features a tradition from the land of the "Tirolesi" with decorations, gift items, typical products from the north and special events, like that on the 26 of November when the guests are invited to launch candle lit lanterns...and of course, make a wish.

More Christmas Markets in Tuscany

And the Christmas markets begin in Tuscany

 


Cinigiano (GR) | GUSTATREKKING | Nov 12

Discover the Maremma through your 5 senses

Walking your way through colors, fragrances and the flavors of the land. The trail will take you through the vineyards, fields and forests throughout the Maremma. In November the will be heading over towards Civitella Paganico and the Festa del Buco Unto...what a great way to combine the landscape with the flavors of Tuscany!

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Civitella Paganico | FESTA DEL BUCO UNTO | Nov 11 - 12

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 maybe 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 kneeled down to pray, their greased shoes always dirtied their pants, and thus leaving their bottoms oily ;-).

Official link

 


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, and steal it for their own rione, making their way through the streets of Roccalbegna.

http://www.discovertuscany.com/maremma/what-to-see/montecucco-itinerary.html

 


Montemurlo | FESTA DI OLIO NUOVO | Nov 11 - 12 & 20

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.

Official link

Events in Tuscany for November

 


Capalbio | Tarot Garden | November

look with a medieval eye

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 9am to 1pm, 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.

Official link

 


Livorno | MARE DI VINO | Nov 18 - 19

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 ad 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.

Official link

 


Cinigiano (GR) | GUSTATREKKING | Nov 12

Discover the Maremma through your 5 senses

Walking your way through colors, fragrances and the flavors of the land. The trail will take you through the vineyards, fields and forests throughout the Maremma. In November the will be heading over towards Civitella Paganico and the Festa del Buco Unto...what a great way to combine the landscape with the flavors of Tuscany!

For More Info

 


Lucca | IL DESCO | Nov 18 - Dec 19 (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 obviously miss out! Il Il Desco - Sapori e Saperi Lucchesi, in fact, 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 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, where art and culture will also play a very important role.

Official link

 


Anghiari | FESTA DI SAN MARTINO | 2nd weekend of

and handmade pasta and meat sauce

Festa di San Martino e dei Bringoli, held annually in Anghiari, 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.

 


Poggio | NATALE AL POGGIO 2017 | Nov 18 - 19

5th Edition of Christmas Magic in Tuscany

This quaint little town not far from Casole d'Elsa opens its city streets to 50 select artisans with an air of festival and Christmas. Join in the holiday fun savor typical Italian, Tuscan and even local specialities, visit the incredible museums and admire the art and treasures of the city while taking an opportunity to do some holiday shopping

Official link

November Events in Tuscany

 


Pitigliano | SANTI VINAI | Nov 10 - 12

Vino Novello and Newly presed olive oil

In the cantina's underneath the city, come and explore not only the totally unique qrchitecture of this amazing town in southern Tuscany but also the wonderful flavors of the fall season including vino novello and the first taste of the extra virgin olive oil

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November Events in Tuscany

 



Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been more than 25 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. It didn't take longe to learn that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.



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