“Sagra delle Frittelle” Pancake Festival in Montefioralle
Sagra delle Frittelle

In the splendid and unique hills of the Florentine Chianti there is a jewel: Montefioralle.

Montefioralle is located in the municipality of Greve in Chianti in the province of Florence. Its history dates back to around the year 1000. The small village has always had a significant military importance in the events that have taken place over the centuries, seeing Florence against Siena.

In the romantic setting of this extraordinary village, for over 50 years, every year the first week-end after San Giuseppe celebration, on March 19th take place the “sagra delle frittelle”; an ancient popular festival with Renaissance origins.

The celebration is held on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00 and the municipality of Greve in Chianti to facilitate Access to the village, has set up in recent years a shuttle that leaves from Piazza Trento in the center of Greve which runs a transport service every 30 minutes to avoid the traffic jam that occurs every year along the narrow up hill road that leads to the castle.

It was the custom of the local population to prepare “rice pancakes” as a typical dessert on the occasion of the celebration of St. Joseph.

The “frittella” in all its delicious variants, is a warm dessert that has brightened up Tuscan tables since time immemorial and propitiate the spring. In the main square of Montefioralle, in front of a gigantic pan with a diameter of two meters, capable of containing up to 250 kg of oil, is celebrated the ritual of cooking pancakes, made in very hot oil, which once extracted and dried must be eaten very hot.

Around the pan there are a group of Chefs busy “creating” one pancake at a time, to immediately throw it into the ocean of boiling oil in the mega pan. Formidable!

We took part in this event with Vespa Tour in Chianti, preceded by a very inviting road and with images of Badia a Passignano just left.

The Vespa Tour in Chianti awaits you to share this experience by participating together in the next “sagra delle frittelle” pancake festival in Montefioralle, sharing the emotion of traveling on a vespa, enjoing the landscape and finally tasting the famous “frittelle”.

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