One of the most eagerly awaited gourmet events of the Tuscan autumn returns to Volterra: for two consecutive weekends, Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-Nov 1. VolterraGusto, an historic event on the regional scene that has now become an unmissable meeting point for food lovers, is staged for two consecutive weekends, plenty of time explore the amazing flavors and creations on offer.
Tuscan Food on Stage
Undisputed protagonist of the event His Majesty the truffle, the symbolic product of this territory celebrated in the XXIV Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Bianco e dei prodotti tipici dell’Alta Valdicecina, which will be, as always, flanked by many small artisans of taste – from cheeses to cured meats, passing through sweets, chocolate, wine tastings and much more – for a mouth-watering journey to discover the food of the territory.
The exhibition and tasting spaces will embrace some of Volterra’s most symbolic landmarks: Piazza dei Priori and the Loggias of Palazzo Pretorio, the Saletta of Via Turazza, the Cellars of Palazzo Viti and the Cloister of the Pinacoteca.
VolterraGusto 2022: Tuscany’s Wealth of Events
As always, the calendar of VolterraGusto is rich with events that have become authentic musts, such as the Palio dei Caci Volterrani along Via Franceschini , a challenge included in the regional register of “historical re-enactments” in collaboration with the Committee of the Contrade Città di Volterra (Sunday, October 30).
Monday, Oct. 31, will instead be the turn of Le Sfoglie dei record with Rina Poletti, historic “sfoglina” from Emilia and director of the Accademia della Sfoglia engaged in the realization in Piazza dei Priori of a Guinness record puff pastry.
And more workshops on chocolate and baking, show cooking on creative reuse and anti-waste of food, tastings of Tuscan cigars and dessert wines, visits and urban trekking, discovering a Volterra as mysterious and undiscovered as ever.
Still on the subject of tastings, not to be missed is the Volterra leg of DiVino Etrusco, an enoic review born from the idea of reconstituting through wine the link between the twelve Etruscan cities formerly confederated in the Dodecapolis. The labels of a selection of wineries from Volterra, Arezzo, Bolsena, Cerveteri, Chiusi, Cortona, Orvieto, Perugia, Piombino, Tarquinia, Veio and Vulci will come together in a tasting counter and in tastings led by enogastronomer Carlo Zucchetti.
Space then is given to VolterraGusto’s many “out of town” proposals, which will allow visitors to immerse themselves in one of Tuscany’s most fascinating territories: the guided tours of Volterra’s Locatelli Saltworks, with a look at the “salt waterfall” in the imposing Nervi Pavilion and entrances to the Salt Museum and the Salt Emporium; the now traditional walk “From vineyard to vineyard” among vineyards and local wines; the appointment with Berries, Spirits and Gin, an excursion to the Berignone Woods to discover berries and the lost distillery with a final tasting; and the Truffle Hunt in the company of truffle hunters and their inseparable bloodhounds.
Among the most anticipated moments of VolterraGusto will be the presentation of the Jarro Award, intended each year for those in the professional field who have distinguished themselves in the work of popularizing the culture of good food: to receive the award will be Fabio Cordella, wine producer and entrepreneur who has always been linked to the world of sports, inventor of the “Wine of Champions” brand.
For the entire duration of the event, there will also be Visits to the Torre del Maschio of the splendid Medici Fortress now used as a penitentiary, including the Orti del Carcere, and the initiative “On the tracks of NOF4” (pseudonym of Fernando Nannetti, Italian engraver who during his imprisonment at the Volterra Psychiatric Hospital was the author of a cycle of graffiti considered a masterpiece of Art Brut), experiential paths in the areas of the Former Psychiatric Hospital and Museum Archive Lombroso of Volterra.