Italy’s artistic spirit is not only defined by paintings and sculptures, but by the magical compositions you find on the dining table; not least in the heart of harvest season where the bounties of the earth are ripe enough to be enjoyed. This is a time for celebration, and if a calendar rich in culinary & cultural events isn’t tantalizing enough, then discover the striking colors that adorn the beautiful landscapes before winter comes along. We offer beautiful private villas from where to truly revel in this outstanding period of the year – get in touch to speak to us and discover more.
International White Truffle Fair:
From the 8th of October to the 27th of November, Alba will hold the annual Truffle Fair; a spectacular event which brings people from different countries together under one roof, all eager to learn and engage with these exquisite delicacies. The fair features a variety of different Truffle’s however the main protagonist is the White Truffle, which to this day stands as one of the most important worldwide. Why not indulge yourself in the history and mystery behind Truffles, learn the various ways to use them in your cuisine, and most importantly allow yourself the opportunity to taste and enjoy these nature’s little secrets.
November 1st, otherwise known as All Saint’s Day, is a national holiday to Italians, as the majority of other cultures. Festivities and food usually occupy the day, which typically begins with mass followed by a long lunch with friends and family. If you’re interested in experiencing All Saints like an Italian, make sure to try two of the typical deserts served, Schiacchiatta dei Santi which is a crispy thin focaccia containing raisins, figs and walnuts and Pane dei Santi which is similar, prepared however using bread dough.
(Note: If you intend to feast like the locals make sure to know that being a national holiday all stores and supermarkets will be closed on the day)
Following Ognissanti is Giorno dei Morti, the day in which we honour the dead. Typically Italians go to cemeteries to pay their respects to their beloved ones, offering the traditional flower chrysanthemums which symbolise death.
The entire month of November is brimming with food fairs, and November Porc is another delicious gastronomic fair which takes place in four small towns within the Emilio-Romagna region. Each town has a weekend to hold a fair in their local square, an opportunity to explore and indulge in the culture and local products from the region. The towns include Sissa (4th-6th), Polesine Parmense (11th-13th), Zibello (18th-20th) and Roccabianca (25th-27th).
Verona’s Horse Show:
From the 10th to the 13th of the month, Verona hosts an annual horse show in the heart of the city. Attracting global spectators, this fair exposes a selection of the finest breeds including Arabian, Iberian and Friesian horses, some of the finest collection of horsing equipment and a series of competitions such as the Gala d’Oro, Western Show and Jumping Verona.
San Miniato White Truffle Fair:
This year marks the 46th edition of Tuscany’s most mouth-watering festival, which over the course of the years has become internationally influential. On the second, third and fourth weekend of the month, San Miniato lights up, hosting a series of events selling these exquisite goods, along with truffle based products. One can also expect to encounter restaurants featuring truffle based menu’s, from the antipasti through to deserts.
(This year’s festival will be from the 12th to the 13th, the 19th to the 20th and the 26th to the 27th of November)
Cremona Torrone Festival (19th-27th November):
Around mid-November, every year the streets and piazzas of Cremona are filled with events, shows and vendors in honour of the Festa del Torrone. The event attracts thousands of ‘sweet toothed’ explorers ready to take on everything this festival has to offer on torrone. Within these days a series of events take place including multiple cooking demonstrations, a wine-tasting event, torrone tasting, torrone-live demonstrations (on how to make the traditional nougat-like treat), children-friendly activities and last but not least a small procession through the town where a 6-metre long giant torrone violin makes an appearance.
On the 27th of November Florence will host over 10,000 runners, for the 33rd edition of the Firenze Marathon. The six hour marathon gives runners the possibility to experience the outstanding sceneries and architecture of the city, passing through historic centres such as Piazza Della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Il Duomo and more.