Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Chestnut Festival at Marradi

October signals the harvest season of yet another prized agricultural product of Tuscany: the chestnut. The mountain town of Marradi, located in the Mugello area northeast of Florence, has been celebrating this famous festival for the past 49 years in honor of their renowned “Marradi chestnut” and all the wonderful things that are made from it. Every Sunday during the month of October this quiet town comes to life with food stands, artisan booths, musicians, magicians and many other forms of entertainment to provide visitors of all ages with a lively setting for an autumn stroll in this beautiful woodland area of Tuscany. 

Don’t miss the chance to taste some of the delicious seasonal specialties, including chestnut tortelli, castagnaccio (a unique cake made from chestnut flour), chestnut marmalade, marrons glacés and the traditional fire roasted chestnuts. On October 14 there will also be a food stand from France, representing Marradi’s sister-city Castelnaudary.

A fun way to reach Marradi from Florence is to take the original steam engine train from the early 1900s that winds its way through the Apennines offering a very scenic ride. The service will be operating on Sunday October 14 between the city and the Festival. For the times check the website
On October 21st there will be a train running from Pistoia organized by

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