October and November are great months for autumn festivals in the mountains. I attended several this year and one of my favourites was the one in Cascio.
Cascio is a tiny village in the Garfagnana. It is of early medieval origin situated on the ancient road linking Modena and Lucca. These days it is a sleepy village basking in the Tuscan sun. It has some wonderful ancient building and they are well preserved.
Hundreds of people descended on the village on the day of the chestnut festival. The little square was full of stalls selling all sorts of interesting things.
People gathered on the grassy field waiting for the chestnuts to be roasted and the food prepared.
Below the village there was another area for food preparation…and eating. The cooks were kept very busy making the pancakes and putting the plates together.
Above the village beside the castle sweets were served. I stopped on the way to admire the view.
The old castle looks wonderful. I will go back one day to explore further.
As I was about to leave a group of musicians and dancers put on a fine show and I stayed to watch.
The Cascio festival is one of the best I have attended. It was a perfect sunny autumn day and everyone had a great time.Look out for it next year. I’m sure you will love it.