With such a noble history, it is no surprise that the porcino mushroom also is the guest of honor of several festivals throughout the peninsula of Italy. The sagre begin in late August and dot the whole Fall calendar, covering the whole territory. The most important ones are in Cortona (near Arezzo), Oriolo Romano (Viterbo), Quassolo (Torino), Castelcivita (Salerno) and Lariano (Roma). The latter two are especially interesting for other characteristics also: the first is home to a wonderful cave complex, and the other of traditional and unique bread-making.
You can easily find the festivals closer to the places touched by your trip to Italy by googling them: there really is no shortage of them. On the other hand, none of them really excels above the others and you can expect pretty much the same type of event anywhere. Beside dancing, a raffle and a farmers’ market, you will find huge tents where the mushrooms are cooked in six or seven main recipes, and under which you can eat even in case of bad weather. The prices are generally very inexpensive, and as it often happens with these festivals this can be a great opportunity to taste real Italian home cooking on a budget.