|Castle at Monte Santa Maria Tiberina|
The Festa D'Autunno or Autumn Festival takes place very year in the tiny mountaintop hamlet of Monte Santa Maria Tiberina.
The Monte is the highest peak for miles around - wherever you go in the area you can always get your bearings from the castle (see the photo) which you can see silhouetted against the skyline!
The Festival runs from the 14th to 16th October with lots of events taking place. There are stalls selling local produce and crafts, flagthrowers, medieval processions and traditional Italian music as well as a dinner in the Castle itself (still owned and recently restored by the Bourbons of the Monte) at 9pm on the first evening with original recipes from the 1600s...!!!
It's a great chance to join with the locals and really get a feel of how they still celebrate and maintain their ancient traditions and customs today.
The lovely apartment at Villa Bastiola is just 20 minutes drive away and makes a great base for exploring the area. Find full details and info on www.villabastiola.com