All Saints Day, Nov. 1 - Truffles and olives are the stars of November. It is a national holiday and many of the shops close down but, tourists can find their way to the open museums and churches.
All Souls Day, Nov. 2 - Italians honor their deceased relatives with a bouquet of flowers and a trip to the cemeteries. The Olive Harvest is usually on November 3 and the Tuscany region is the country’s premier maker.
The villages and towns play host to some of the top food and cultural events – La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco of San Miniato is a three-weekends venture in the Pisa Province of Toscana. Twenty-five percent of Italy’s white truffles are produced in this region and the truffle hunters sell their produce and enjoy friendly competition. Truffle festivals also take place in the Piemonte, Umbria, Le Marche, and Emilia regions.
November 13-15 – An Art and Restoration Fair is celebrated and brings together hundreds of companies and institutions, schools and related programs wishing to see the art of Florence in one convenient setting. Proceeds are used to keep the city’s great works in excellent condition.
Nov. 21 - Venice is host to the Festa della Salute. This celebration, held at Madonna della Salute Church, commemorates Venice’s deliverance from the plague in 1621. A temporary bridge of boats is put in place for pilgrims to cross the Grand Canal to the church. Following the visit, there is a feast on castradina, a mutton-based dish which is customary to eat on this day.
Nov. 22 – Rome is host to the Feast of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. The event is staged in the Basilica Santa Cecilia in Trastevere.
The Feast of San Martino is held in Sigillo (Perugia) and chestnuts and new wine are offered to the public.
Terra del Sole (Forli) – Fugarena. A folk festival that revives old country customs is held at the end of the growing season. Farm produce is taken to the church to be blessed, then a huge bonfire is lit in the square as a token of thanksgiving and as a good omen for the next sowing. There are stands where sweets and toys are sold.