As many children return to school and the Italians return to work after their summer break, everything starts to become quieter & more relaxed.  September sees the start of "Festival Season" in Italy and Tuscany is no exception. September into October is the time of the grape harvest followed shortly after by the Olive harvest, and both of these are preceded by the Wine Festivals that the Chianti area are famous for.


Join in with the wine festivals or olive oil tastings (a revelation!!) or just enjoy the lazy days of Autumn in Tuscany, Umbria or Puglia.


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Late September through to mid October is grape harvest time and is a fascinating time to visit to see the grapes being harvested in the vineyards - many still by hand.  


The Italians are very superstitious and before the harvest begins there are festivals to welcome the harvest and pray for a good year. For visitors, it is a great time to join in and experience close up a local festival and of course also sample some of the locally produced wine.


The main Chianti Classico wine festival is an event not to be missed! From 5 - 8 September this grand wine festival is held in the main square of Greve in Chianti - Piazza Matteotti. The principal is that you buy a glass at the entrance and then you are allowed to sample away! Ticket prices in 2012 were just 10 Euro's. The event opens at 5pm on Thursday 5 September and during the following days you can sample to your hearts delight from 11am - 8pm.  

Click here for the program


If you are planning an afternoon or evening of drinking at the festival, you may want to organise a taxi ride home afterwards; click here for contacts


Brolio CastleIf you would like some expert help with purchasing some exquisite wines, Paola Pavan is a personal wine shopper  and she would be very happy to advise you. Click here for more details


If you dont manage to catch one of the many festivals around, try to make sure you visit one of the castle wine estates and book a wine tasting tour. Most also have a restaurant on site to extend your day. Click here for details: 





With all the wine festivals going on in Tuscany you could overlook the all important olives, which in Tuscany are harvested sometimes as early as September. This early harvest of slightly less ripe olives gives the oil a peppery flavour, which is exactly what makes Tuscan olive oil so special. The highest quality Tuscan olive oil is the "extra virgin" variety. This is perfect for dipping breads or salads.
Olives are handpicked with a simple tool which "combs" the branches. This is a traditional method called Brucatura and provides the best, undamaged olives. The olive oil in Tuscany is created using very high standards and slightly below standard olives are removed before pressing as using them can affect the flavour of the whole barrel! 


This autumnal harvest time is one of the best seasons to visit Tuscany - there are even parties thrown to honour it!


Read all about the essentials of olive oil on our website by clicking here


Many of our holiday rentals are surrounded by or near to endless olive groves. Here are just a few examples:

If you would like to experience this amazing time of the year in Tuscany, you may still find a last minute offer that suits you! Click here  




The popular To Tuscany Photo competition 2013 is in full swing! Many excellent prizes are to be won so don't forget to send us your favourite 5 photos of your time with us in Tuscany. The competition closes on 31 October 2013! see last years entries here


The 2012 winner was Claudia Ritter of Germany with her photo capturing the sunset over the pool at the Vignale hamlet.





To Tuscany is proud to announce that we are nominated for an award within the 2013 Good Website Awards of 2013. We have been a recommended website of theirs for a few years now and have made it to the Top 10 finalists previously but we would love to win of course! 


The voting is not up to us, its over to the public now so if you found our website clear and easy to navigate and think that we are worthy of an award, please go to the website and help us take this award home!


Please leave your feedback about To Tuscany directly on the Good Web Guide page, please click here to go directly to our nomination page.


Thank you!!


Grilled Bell Pepper Recipe - Peperoni alla Griglia - a perfect accompianiment to a BBQ!


Prep time: 30 minutes, cook time: 20 minutes, serves: 4  



  • About a pound (450 g) meaty bell peppers, of the colours you prefer
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • A medium bunch parsley, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or more, to taste
  • A fresh hot chilli pepper, seeded, ribbed and shredded (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Lay the strips on your grill, skin side down, and cook over fairly intense heat until the skin is well blistered and puffy. When the skins of the strips are all nicely blistered, peel them away and rinse the peppers under cool water, Drain the strips, marinate them in the herbs and olive oil until it's time to serve them.



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