Autumn in Tuscany means pumpkin, mushrooms, truffles and... chestnut! As fall comes to Florence, the city begins to smell like roasted chetnuts. Stands appear on street corners, and locals love to buy a small bad for their afternoon walk downtown. Although the prickly outer casing makes chestnuts hard to harvest, the hills around Florence are filled with chestnut trees, and many people have small chestnut groves as a case crop. Chestnuts are used in the kitchen whole for roasting or boiling and for grinding into flour, which is the base of the Biscotti and a special Pasta.