Best food festivals: The area bustles with life in the summer thanks to the multitude of festivals, events where local recipes based on fish, meat and vegetables take center stage. Here are some to check out:
In the Massarosa area, from mid-July to the beginning of August, the Festival of Ranocchiocciola is the place to be. As its name suggests, the festival presents frogs (rane) and snails (chiocciole), but you'll also find other local products such as grilled meat and fish. In the Montramito area (near Massarosa), don't miss the “pallette con i funghi” festival, featuring porcini mushrooms with cornmeal polenta. In Bozzano, between the end of July and mid-August, you'll find the “Sagra della pupporina and tordello." Pupporina is a sweet round cake made of fried dough topped with caster sugar (made with flour, eggs, sugar, butter, baking powder, aniseed, marsala liquor and lemon peel). The tordello is the piece de resistance of all fashionable food in the Camaiore area, and this homemade stuffed pasta with veal ragu dates to medieval times. At the end of August in Quiesa don’t miss the “Bruschetta” festival serving bruschette: a toasted slice of homemade bread with extra virgin olive oil, fresh chopped tomatoes and basil.
Food and wine events: Enolia (April at Palazzo Mediceo in Seravezza), the festival dedicated to high-quality Italian extra virgin olive oil. Terre di Toscana (March, Lido di Camaiore) one of the most important events showcasing the best of Tuscan wine.
Special thanks to Serena Puosi for her insider tips.