Once understood how important the wine industry is for the area, it is not then difficult to imagine that one of the best times to visit the Maremma is in September, when the villages come to life with festivals dedicated to the grape. In Scansano, in the last two weekends of the month, there is the event of the “Festa dell’Uva” (Grape Festival), which has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, with cellars in the historical center opening to the public and with the entire town festively decorated in purple. In Pitigliano, in the fantastic cantine (cellars) excavated into the tuff rock, the “Settembre di vino” event is organized, with wine-tasting and music to enliven the evenings, while in the village of Manciano, the “Festa delle Cantine” takes place. Here, besides tasting the local wines, it’s worth trying the ciaffagnoni, ancient frittatine of egg, water and flour, the forerunner of crêpes (sic). The common opinion is that this Maremma recipe, originating in about the 15th century, had circulated around Tuscany, reaching Siena and Florence, and then taken to Paris to the court of Caterina de’ Medici, who went to live in France in1533 taking her trusted cook with her. However, maybe it would be better not to mention this to our French neighbours.