Miami, Florida (PressExposure) October 12, 2009 -- Tales are told over tall glasses of wine and endless plates of home cooked food. Tuscany offers a range of festivals and events for its residents, where guests are welcomed with open arms. Some of these include:
The feast of the thrush (Sagra del Tordo), occurs during the last weekend of October. Complete with archery, music, and a feast, the event is held within the walls of the castle. Food, wine, and artifacts are sold by local vendors, many of whom come complete with medieval costumes.
Sagra del Fungo e della Castagna (Mushroom and chestnut festival) is an annual festival that takes place in late October. With antique tools the village divides into two groups with the goal of cutting full logs into stools and tables. They than eat a lovely polenta dish which the rest of the team has prepared. Visitors can see this while taking nature walks where mushrooms are identified and eaten. Guests will leave full due to the range of dishes (mainly containing mushrooms and chestnuts) that are for sale.
The last three weekends in November is La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco, or the White Truffle Fair. Here visitors can enjoy a wide selection of truffles, many of which are only available in Tuscany. Foodstuffs containing truffles are aplenty, including wine, pecorino, salami, olive oil, grappa and more.
Between December 5th and 13th The Florence Biennale takes place. The international contemporary art exhibition is held every two years in Florence. This 7th edition takes place in the historic Fortezza da Basso and hosts artists from all over the world. For this reason, in 2001 The United Nations recognized the Florence Biennale as an official partner in the program "Dialogue Among Nations". In these difficult times for humanity, Kofi Annan expresses, "Art opens new doors for learning, understanding, and peace among people and nations". The Biennale is run by Arte Studio, whose first contemporary art exhibition occurred in 1986, brothers Pasquale and Piero Celona, of Arte Studio, serve as President and General Manager of the Biennale. In 2007 there were 840 artists from 76 countries, and over 17,000 visitors.