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Wine Lover's European Holiday: Participate in the Grape Harvests of Italy, France, or Portugal
Written by: K.C. Dermody
If you love wine and are heading to Europe this fall, consider these three fabulous destinations where tourists have the opportunity to participate in the grape harvests. Visitors to these regions can experience the camaraderie of the harvest as well as the excitement of the materialization of a year's long labor.
Poggibonsi is set in the center of the Valdelsa Valley in the province of Sienna, Tuscany. If you want a chance to experience true Italian culture, visit Poggibonsi during the second weekend of October when the entire population takes part in an event known as Pigio.
Everyone, tourists included, can take part in a grape crushing competition and enjoy the fun celebration with live music and entertainment, traditional folklore, wine tasting, wine and more wine. Just remember to wear something that you don't mind getting a little, or maybe a lot, dirty. Women hitch up their skirts and the men roll up their pants, but any way you look at it, this is a fun but rather messy extravaganza.
AbcTuscany.com - Poggibonsi, Siena, Tuscany, Italy - The inner old town of Poggibonsi actually corresponds to the ancient urban layout of Borgo Marturi, a settlement belonging to the overhanging Abbey and Castle bearing the same name.
As early as the beginning of The 12th century, the village was an essential cross-roads on the ancient Francigena Road (Frankish Road) and an unavoidable thoroughfare at the borders of the States of Siena, Volterra and Florence, where the Staggia amd Foci streams flow into the Elsa River. Because of its crucial position the town repeatedly experienced, over the centuries, destruction, uprising and disaster.
How to reach Poggibonsi: From Siena take direction Florence. After 23 Km you will find the exit for Poggibonsi
Where is Poggibonsi: is located in the north of Siena province, between the Chianti area and val D' Elsa, in the border with the province of Florence.
Nearby: Visit the Chianti Area with the town of Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti etc. San Gimignano is only 11 Km away
Distances: Siena 25 Km - Florence 41 Km - Pisa 80 Km - Arezzo 105 Km