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Things to do in Italy in November

Nov 03, 2017 Written by: Jasmine Ball for TN&M
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November is a great time of year to visit Tuscany. This is an important time for farmers, foragers and hunters too with the wild boar season beginning promptly at the start of the month and the massive olive harvest and pressing operation getting underway. 

November In Tuscany Is A Feast For The Senses

Biennale Arte 2017:  From the 13th of May to the 26th of November Venice will host the 57th Biennale International Art Exhibition, one of the world’s most renowned and recognised contemporary visual art exhibitions. The art exhibition this year entitled, VIVA ART VIVA,  seeks to unfold the works of around  120 artists, who debate, explore and expose the language of contemporary art.

Sagra del Tartufo Bianco (October 7th-November 26th): Every year the town of Alba, renowned for its legendary White Truffles, hold a fair in light of their  local delicacy. Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the realm of this exquisite jewel, as you’ll find yourself conversing with local vendors and connoisseurs of the origins of the White Truffle, however most importantly how to incorporate the ingredient within your cuisine. Alongside learning of the delicacy, why not treat your taste buds to the exquisite menu’s composed by restaurants all over in spite of  their local delicacy.

Rome Film Festival: This year, from the 26th of October to the 5th of November, the 12th edition of Rome Film Festival will take place, in Parco della Musica. The festival includes competitions, many events for the cinema fanatics and international movie premiers.

Chestnut Festival: From the 31st of October to the 1st of November, Riofreddo (in the province of Roma) holds a chestnut festival. From mid-day visitors have the chance to indulge in a local lunch for fifteen euros. This lunch consists of a variety of dishes from the region including the renowned chestnut.

Ognissanti: November 1st, otherwise known as All Saint’s Day, is a national holiday to Italians.  Festivities and food usually occupy the day, which typically begins with mass followed by a long lunch with friends and family.  If  you’re interested in experiencing All Saints like an Italian, make sure you try two of the typical deserts served, Schiacchiatta dei Santi which is a crispy thin focaccia containing raisins, figs and walnuts and Pane dei Santi which is similar but made with  bread dough.

I Morti: Following Ognissanti is Giorno dei Morti, the day in which we honour the dead. Typically Italians go to cemeteries to pay their respects to their loved ones,  bringing the traditional flower, chrysanthemums that  symbolise death.

November Porc: The entire month of November is brimming with food fairs, and November Porc is another delicious gastronomic fair that  takes place in four small towns within the Emilio-Romagna region.  Each town has a weekend to hold a fair in their local square, an opportunity to explore and indulge in the culture and local products from the region. The towns include Sissa (3rd-5th), Polesine Parmense (10th-12th), Zibello (17th-19th) and Roccabianca (24th-26th).

San Miniato White Truffle Fair (11th-26th November): This year marks the 47th edition of Tuscany’s most mouth-watering festival that over the course of the years has become internationally influential. On the second, third and fourth weekend of the month, San Miniato lights up, hosting a series of events selling these exquisite goods, along with truffle based products. One can also expect to encounter restaurants featuring truffle based menu’s, from appetisers to desert. This years festival will be on the following dares: 11th to the 12th, 18th to the 19th, and 25th to the 26th of November.

Cremona Torrone Festival (18th-26th November): Around mid-November, every year the streets and piazza’s of Cremona are filled with events, shows and vendors in honour of the Festa del Torrone. The event attracts thousands of ‘sweet toothed’ explorers ready to take on everything this festival has to offer on torrone. During the festival  a series of events take place including multiple cooking demonstrations, a wine-tasting event, torrone tasting, torrone-live demonstrations (on how to make it), children-friendly activities and last but not least, a small procession through the town where a 6-metre long giant torrone violin makes an appearance.

Firenze Marathon: On the 26th of November Florence will host over 10,000 runners, for the 33rd Firenze Marathon. The six hour marathon gives runners the chance to experience the outstanding  architecture of the city, passing through historic centres such as Piazza Della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Il Duomo and more.

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