Boccaccesca Wine and Food Festival
Boccaccesca is a yearly food and wine extravaganza, attracting countless visitors to the narrow medieval streets of Certaldo Alto.
Tuscan wines like Chianti Classico or Brunello of Montalcino are legendary, and tastings take place during the festival’s four days with renowned sommeliers helping visitors to choose and appreciate.
In addition, there is stall after stall operated by local merchants offering the best and freshest products of the region.
An essential ingredient of Tuscan cuisine is bread, and you’ll enjoy the ones made with raisins or rosemary.
Try ribolleta, a delicious soup made from bread, beans, cabbage and vegetables and various antipasti including salami and prosciutto.
Hot food is very welcome during autumn, and you will be able to sample another speciality of Tuscany – game.
Try hare, deer or even wild boar dishes or a thick T-bone steak, followed by almond cakes and other typical sweets.
The festival offers food and wine and cooking competitions and demonstrations by famous Italian chefs.
You’ll have fun watching medieval reenactments bringing to life all the splendours of the Renaissance.
The Boccaccesca Festival will also provide entertainment for kids.
October in Tuscany
Visit the many spectacular villages of Tuscany, and combine that with a lovely wine and food festival. Boccaccesca in Certaldo.
October is an excellent time of the year to visit the hills and valleys and the many marvellous towns and villages of Tuscany.
The summer heat is over, winter cold and rain are still months away, the leaves are turning, harvests are underway, and food and wine are on the agenda.
Add to this the spirit of Renaissance, and you will want to head to Certaldo Alto to enjoy the three-day food and wine festival called Boccaccesca.
More about Certaldo
Certaldo, approx. Fifty kilometres from Florence is the quintessential medieval Tuscan town, divided into an old part on top of a hill and a more modern part spread out below.
The medieval part is almost entirely constructed of brick and well preserved with several palaces like Palazzo Pretorio, museums and churches.
It’s also the home town of Giovanni Boccaccio, the writer and a renaissance man through and through.
You can visit House Boccaccio “Casa del Bocaccio” by either walking uphill to the old part in about 10 minutes or take the cable car, which gives you a splendid overview of the rolling hills surrounding the town.