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Chianti is not just about vineyards and olive groves. There are lots of woods in this region.

And there are places like Lucolena – in the municipality of Greve in Chianti – which is justly famous for its beautiful chestnut woods.

Thanks to the Pro Loco of Lucolena and the patronage of the Municipality of Greve in Chianti, the Chestnut Festival is back from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st October.

On Thursday the festival starts with the Great Chestnut Bingo at 9pm. On Friday 19th October, at 9.30pm Briscola card game competition.

On Saturday, October 20th: the food stands will be open from 10am to 8pm (chestnuts, wine, sweets, ficattole, polenta, sandwiches); from 2.30pm Painting competition for children, on the theme “C is for Chestnut” (painting tools will be available on site); at 3.30pm book launch: “Il mondo contadino di Greve in Chianti attraverso le testimonianze” (The peasant world of Greve in Chianti told by local people), and a video showing that includes interviews with six citizens of Lucolena (organised by the Arci Lucolena club, Spi Cgil Greve in Chianti – created by Graziella Rossi, curated by Maria Giovanna Bencistà and Felice Bifulco).

At 3.30pm roasted chestnuts; at 4pm Treasure Hunt (free registration); to follow: there will be games for the little ones and prizes for the painting competition will be awarded.

On Sunday, October 21st the food stands will be open from 10am to 8pm; at 11am Holy Mass; at 3pm various entertainment for the children; from 5pm “Super Super Super” show (juggling and acrobatics); at 6pm grand finale with the ‘Castagna Pirotecnica’ show.

On Saturday and Sunday you can see Edo Mugnai‘s photographic exhibition (“Cortecce: sculture della natura”, in the parish halls); market in the streets of Lucolena.

Information: 3397512632 e 3664541148.