Italian food is divine at any time of year but harvest season sees festivals celebrating the country’s passion for culinary perfection in November, with myriad events across the country. Serious foodies can chose from the following festivals, as recommended by the BBC.
The Ente Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Bianco d'Alba is the most renowned of all Italy's celebrations of truffles. Held in Alba, near Turin, all kinds of truffles, from straight to sprinkled, are on offer, along with wine, pecorino, salami, olive oil, grappa and so on.
At the same time, Emilia Romagna, home to Parma ham, parmesan and Bolognese sauce, is celebrating pork, especially salami, with sausage-based competitions, food markets and folk music and there’s also a cheese festival, the Ambra di Talamello in Talamello on 13, 14, 20 and 21 November.
Heading south, the small Tuscan town of Talla in Arezzo is holding ‘La Sagra delle Castagne e del vin Dolce Novella’ (chestnuts and new sweet wine) on 1 November in the main square, where stalls sell locally produced roasted chestnuts and sweet new wine.
Over on the Maremma, the coastal area between, Tuscany and Lazio, the Sapori e Profumi di Maremma in Castiglione della Pescaia invites you to try the area’s wine, olive oil, chestnut, fried local fish, and live music. Buon Appetito!