Vivo d'Orcia (a small village near Castiglione d'Orcia) Sagra del Fungo e della Castagna (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, have to cut logs into stools and tables, where they then eat a polenta dish that the rest of the team has prepared in the meantime.
There is a nature walk where mushroom species are explained, but the main attraction is the range of local porcini mushroom dishes available, and the sale of porcini and chestnuts.
The Sagra del Tordo (feast of the Thrush) festival takes place on the last weekend of October with drums, trumpets, costume parades taking place on the Saturday, followed by a day-long feast in Montalcino castle on Sunday. This feast of the thrush is open to the public and offers a good range of food, including roast thrushes needless to say, plus the excellent local wines are available. During the morning, there is a costume parade, and celebratory lunches are held in the four quartieri of Montalcino - Pianello, Travaglio, Ruga and Borghetto.
Similar feasts are held in the evening. A limited number of visitors can book for these feasts – so book ahead. The main parade takes place in the afternoon, leading to the archery field, and is followed by the longbow tournament in which two archers from each quartiere compete. Tickets are required for the competition which is a major annual event for the citizens of Montalcino. Unusually for Tuscany, the competition is for long bowmen although there are plenty of crossbows in evidence during the parades.
Radicondoli festa of roasted chestnuts and wine in late October or early November. Radicondoli is well off the beaten path for tourists but well worth a visit to enjoy authentic Tuscan life. It is located south west of Siena on the border of the Maremma. This particular festa includes free-style noise-making by the Radicondoli brass band and guests feast on roasted chestnuts, porchetta and other hearty fare plus plentiful supplies of wine.
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