Sagre delle Castagne: The main event in Soriano's calendar is the Sagre delle Castagne (Chestnut Festival) which takes place during the first two weekends in October. The whole town has gathered together since the 15th century to throw a party dedicated to both the region's most abundant fruit and the historic victory of the Sorianesi over the troops of Pier Paolo Nardini, who tried to invade the city in 1489. A riot of music, costume, and color, it's considered one of the most evocative festivals in Italy.
Highlights include the four neighborhoods of the town competing in events such as archery and horse riding as well as historical re-enactments, flag throwing and swordsmen. The finale is a procession of 500 people in medieval and renaissance costume which culminates in a big celebration and a rousing chorus of the traditional inno alla castagna (hymn to the chestnut).
Some of the area's most particular dishes are Gnocchi col' ferro (a hand rolled eggless pasta served with a spicy sauce), strozzapreti (a long type of pasta literally names "priest stranglers") and Acquacotta (a bread and vegetable soup served with olive oil). All of the above come accompanied by some of the local wine of the area of which you are spoilt for choice with the crisp white wines of Orvieto and deep Umbrian reds as well as the lesser known Lazio wines from Monti Cimini and Valle del Tevere.