Fall is in the air: it can be felt in the morning breeze and in the cooler evenings. The green of the mountain has been oxygenated and refreshed after the last hot summer and now, before our eyes, it gives way to the countless shades of autumn.
On Monte Amiata, the scent of mushrooms and chestnuts surrounds us. Just follow your sense of smell to reach the festive villages. Every weekend, lively festivals are held that are part of tradition and prove to be unmissable events where you can taste mushroom and chestnut specialities, as well as giving you the opportunity to purchase porcini mushrooms, chestnuts, and chestnut-based desserts.
The Crastatone festival at Piancastagnaio is the oldest chestnut event on Monte Amiata and among the oldest ever. It takes place from October 31 to November 1, celebrating the end of the chestnut harvest and the beginning of winter.
The first Crastatone festival started from the idea of a group of friends to celebrate the precious chestnut, an important resource for the inhabitants of Monte Amiata. Crastata is the word which is given to the festival, meaning "hot roast" in the local dialect. Within the walls of the mighty fortress of Rocca Aldobrandesca, the four quarters of Piancastagnaio, Borgo, Castello, Coro and Voltaia, host stands with typical products made from chestnuts. New wine, with its classic scent, will be brought from the cellars, and the first pressing of olive oil becomes a time of celebration for everyone.
Not to be missed in Arcidosso is the Castagna in Festa, with tastings, music and historical re-enactments. Santa Fiora also celebrates its Sagra del Marrone, with stands where you can taste local delicacies.
At the Autumn Festival of Abbadia San Salvatore, which runs throughout the second and third weekends of October, the flavours of the past mingle with the crackling of fire, mouth-watering food, chattering people, and historic games. Don't miss walks in the woods, food tastings and guided tours.