massa-sapori-di-autunnoSapori d’Autunno Festa dell’Olio

First weekend in November – Tatti, Massa Marittima

Tatti might be small town just outside of Massa Marittima, but their Sapori d’Autunno festival is one of the region’s best loved and most anticipated events.

Over one November weekend, this town celebrates everything there is to love about the Maremma in winter. The weekend is about recreating the old traditions of the region and Tatti is the perfect town for this. Its characteristic medieval walls and buildings provide an evocative backdrop to the festivities.

The town’s oldest cellars and olive oil mills are opened and transformed into exhibition spaces for the event. Stalls serve polenta, sausages roasted over an open fire, braised wild boar, mushrooms, chestnuts, sweets, olive oil and, of course, plenty of good wine.

But the event is much more than an excuse to eat really well for a weekend, it’s also a great opportunity for some of the area’s best local bands, who play every evening after the cellars have been opened.

Even if you don’t drink, you should still check out the cellars during this festival. Local sommeliers and gastronomes host talks, educational sessions and cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend.

It’s a great festival to be a part of, especially if you have a soft spot for incredible Maremman home cooking and really good wine!