Vivo d'Orcia, a small village near Castiglione d'Orcia, hosts its Mushroom and Chestnut Festival on the second and third weekends of October. The town divides into two parts for the Palio del Boscaiolo, in which the teams, using antique saws, compete to cut logs into stools and plates and seat themselves at table to eat a polenta dish prepared by the rest of the team.
For mushroom lovers, there is a nature walk and a range of local porcini mushroom dishes available from food stalls in the town, as well as fresh porcini and chestnuts on sale to take home.
Sagra del Tordo (Feast of the Thrush) takes place on the last weekend of October. There's much pomp and ceremony on the Saturday, with a costumed parade followed by celebratory lunches held in the city's four historic quarters, Pianello, Travaglio, Ruga and Borghetto. The festivals offers a great range of food, including roast game, plus an array of the region's renowned wines. Sunday sees a day-long feast hosted at Montalcino Castle.
The festival also features a longbow tournament with two archers from each historic quarter. Tickets are required for this competition, which is a major annual event for the townsfolk of Montalcino.
Off the beaten path, Radicondoli celebrates the wine and chestnut harvest in late October and early November. Well worth a visit to enjoy authentic Tuscan life, the town is located south-west of Siena near the Maremma region. The festival features music by Radicondoli's brass band and street stalls offering a feast of roasted chestnuts, porchetta, hearty local fare and plenty of wine.
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