September brings a softer light even though the days are still hot, that intense heat has gone and all eyes are turned toward the vines to choose the moment for the Vendemmia or wine harvest. The Tuscan hills abound at this time of year with feste celebrating their wine.
Montecarlo is no exception; this hilltop medieval town (not the quartier in the Principality of Monaco os loved by Ferrari owners) perches on the top of a hill between Lucca and Pescia near Le Mura Villa Tuscany, has a month long festival to celebrate this elixir of Life.
Montecarlo makes a stunning setting and the long trestle tables with their benches give a wonderful view of the twinkling distant lights of Montecatini Alto and the full moon to create the perfect setting to celebrate this year's grape and to sip one's chosen wine and enjoy a plate of crostini and my absolute favourite pasta fritta (I can never work out how fried dough can taste so good). You can, of course, also a enjoy a full meal, including the famous Tortelli Lucchesi.
However, don't sit down and relax before taking a stroll around. This little town has everything: a castle, the sweetest bijou theatre and views to take your breath away plus lots more ,but that is for another post!
The wine festival is every year from the end of August to the middle of September. Look at the website for the comune di Montecarlo for details.