Another month, another host of festivals you don’t want to miss in the Maremma.

October sees the last of the harvest festivals and celebrations of autumnal ingredients like porcini and chestnuts.

Things will become progressively quieter after this, so enjoy these last great festivities before the sleepy winter season sets in!

04-21 Oct:
Walking Festival, Grosseto
A series of fantastic free guided tours through various sections of the Alberese Parco Regionale Naturale della Maremma – the region’s biggest nature park.

Every day there’s a different tour – some are on foot, others are on horseback. Some are easy and short, while others last as long as seven hours. Some go through secluded beaches, others pass preserved medieval watchtowers and untouched forests.

Call the Parco Regionale tourist centre on 0564 407098 for information about each tour or pop into the APT tourist centre on Via Monterosa in Grosseto.

6-30 Oct:
Alla Scoperta di Castiglione della Pescaia
Throughout October, magnificent Castiglione della Pescaia will be showing off its most beautiful attractions with free guided tours:

  • 13 Oct, from 5pm

Explore Castiglione della Pescaia and the ancient Etruscan city of Vetulonia. Vetulonia was one of Etruria’s wealthiest cities and remains an impressive archaeological site. Tours depart from Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza Vetulonia respectively.

  • 30 Oct, from 9am

Free guided tour of the amazing medieval hermit enclave of San Gugliemo. The tour departs from Piazza Garibaldi.

13 Oct:
Amiata – un mondo d’acqua, Santa Fiora, Museo delle Minieri
A fascinating guided tour of Santa Fiora and the lifeblood of the valley – the Fiora River. It starts with a relaxed walk around the city and ends inside the modern aqueduct, where, every day, thousands of litres of water begin their journey to homes across the Maremma.

14 Oct:
Giornata Bandiere Arancioni, Pitigliano, Piazza Garibaldi
A celebration of Pitigliano’s heritage sights with a free guided tour of Pitigliano and its Jewish ghetto, followed by a tour of the Etruscan super highways, the Vie Cave.

Booking is a must, so call the tourist info centre in Pitigliano on 0564 61711.

12-14 Oct:
Festa della Castagna, Monticello Amiata
The first of the month’s two biggest chestnut festivals is a traditional affair. Chestnuts are grown in abundance here, but Monte Amiata’s have IGT status – a national award that recognises their high quality. The Maremmani love their chestnuts every which way, but nothing beats eating them hot from the fire in a big paper cup.

13-14 and 20-21 Oct:
Sagra del Porcino, Civitella Paganico
It’s often the Maremma’s smallest towns that have the longest standing festivals. This sagra has been serving delicious bowls of fresh porcini pasta since 1975. But the best part? Everything from the pasta to the mushroom-topped bruschetta will cost you less than €5.

Porcini are in abundance in Civitella at the moment. That means you can buy a basket or two to take home for next to nothing. And while you’re at it, taste the other treats on offer, from the pane unto (fried bread) and deli meats to the local cheeses and sweets.

19-21 and 26-28 Oct:
La Castagna in Festa, Arcidosso, Piazza Indipendenza
Six days of gastronomic bliss in Arcidosso, this festival has so much packed into it, it would be faster to name the things they’re not doing. Most of events start at 9am and run well after midnight. There are second-hand and craft markets, performances from the local dance schools, traditional music and concerts in the various cellars in Arcidosso, as well as plenty of food and fun. A festival for the whole family.

Until 20 Oct: 
La Città Visibile, Castiglione della Pescaia
This Maremma-wide event starts with a photographic exhibition in the Sala Consiliare in the Town Hall.

After the 20th, a new permanent outdoor museum will be opened in Castiglione. The first installation will be by local artist Rodolfo Lacquaniti. He’s donated a massive 20 metre whale sculpture made from recycled art that people can climb inside and explore.

27-28 Oct:
CerAntico, Sorano, Piazza Busatti
CerAntico continues in Sorano with a free exhibition of antiques and their modern counterparts.

From now until 4 Nov:
Le Ambre e i bronzi dei Principi dai Signori etruschi di Vetulonia agli antici re di Basilicata, Vetulonia, Museo Civico Archeologico Isidoro Falchi
If you love ancient history, you should see this exhibition. It brings to life the commercial and cultural ties that bound the Etruscans to ancient Italy. Some of the items on display here, from the gold bangles of Etruscan royalty to the hand painted ceramics are more than 2,000 years old.  

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