All Saints weekend in Italy: an opportunity to be seized
Have you already arranged a trip to enjoy the long-awaited Halloween break? Hurry up! Don't miss the opportunity to visit Italy in this golden autumn! Her's a selection of festivals and local celebrations to attend during this getaway weekend.
photo credit: Palio degli Asini di Alba 2014
Autumn is a great season to visit Italy. You'll taste the best of local food in gastronomical festivals all long the peninsula, from Umbria oil mills open days to the various truffle fairs. Awaits an All Saints weekend of taste and tradition.
During your brief stay in Umbria, don't miss the oil mills open days. November is the new oil month and the entire region celebrates the opening of the mills to the public. A series of gastronomic, musical, theatrical events will accompany the whole festival through all the municipalities within the circuit of "the Oil Routes of Umbria". Tastings, guided tours, concerts and much more even in Assisi, Spoleto and the Polvese island.
If you prefer to take advantage of this short break to explore the territory, Umbria is full of picturesque medieval villages to reach and enjoy. Stop at Montecchio and eat a cone of roast chestnuts with a glass of good wine, before heading to your next charming stop.
In Gubbio, only for real gourmets, the truffle festival. This event will last all the weekend; in addition to the national exhibition of white truffles there will be a lot of stands where you'll taste the typical regional products. You can take part in some short cooking class or a sensory laboratory. For those who want to learn more about the delicious truffles, there will be seminars, conferences and visits to the trails. An unmissable festival that combines the tradition and the pleasure of conviviality and the love for good food: Don't miss it!
All those true lovers of the precious tuber cannot certainly miss the International Fair of the White Truffle of Alba in Piedmont. Book your holiday home and take part into this great event. Animating the Truffle Fair there will be the Donkeys Palio and the Tournament of the Hundred Towers: is the ideal stopover when traveling with children. Finally, get lost among the many colorful market stalls under the towers.
What's unmissable in Abruzzo? The Sagra della bettola! In the medieval town of Capistrano, in the province of L'Aquila, the concept of the festival reaches its maximum expression. During the All Saints weekend reopen the ancient tavern "la bettola", where diners of the past entertain themselves with good food, good wine and music. The merchants then, came from all over the region to attend the fair. During the night of Halloween there will be the reenactment of those past times when the medieval tavern comes alive with dances in costumes and traditional music.
Summer nostalgia? If you want to enjoy the nice warm sun of Sicily before facing a cold winter, take a trip to the chestnut festival in Tusa, Sicily and then, spend the rest of the stay lying on the sand, breathing the sea air.
The Sicilian hinterland is rich in chestnut, so join the Chestnut Festival in Tusa (ME). Traditional songs and dances, chestnuts, sweets and other products based on chestnuts, sausages and sandwiches... Just pay the entrance fee of about 2 Euros and it's done, food and tradition at will!
Do you still have doubt about how spending the All Saints weekend? A short stay in Italy will make it unforgettable.