The Autumn Festival of Abbey San Salvatore, takes place in the ancient medieval village and in the ancient abbey of San Salvatore, where the taste of the past mixes with the smell of fire and the essences of food. This brings us back to the distant themes when Amiata, as a mountain mother nourished her children for centuries.
Mushrooms and especially chestnuts, have been for generations and generations, the main food of this population, who in Autumn clung to the prosperous flanks of this mother to collect those fruits which, which had been ground and made into flour, he would nourish and satiate them throughout the year. In the cellars and kitchens, the cupboard contained the precious chestnut flour, which for centuries replaced the normal bread in a land not abundant with wheat.
And every day the nourishing polenta made with that flour allowed men and women not to spare the effort. We got up early at that time, and we went to the fields or the woods with the mule, it was loaded with bundles or everything that the mountain offered: the heat of its wood, the sweetness of its food, the relief of its precious spontaneous herbs. It was a harsh and severe life, but perhaps cheered by the idea that those foods that would never fail.
During the second and third weekend of October there will be food stands both in Piazzale Michelangelo in front of the Abbey of Santissimo Salvatore and in the cellars of the old town with typical dishes of the Amiata tradition. The streets of the old town will be set up with autumn theme, with games and entertainment and evening live music in the squares.
In the mornings of Saturday and Sunday there will be guided excursions in the forest looking for chestnuts and mushrooms with experts and there will also be guided tours to the mining park of abbadia San Salvatore by train miners in Gallery VII accompanied by the same former miners.