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Now if you want an express ticket to the cemetery, just go picking mushrooms without any mycological knowledge or experience. Autumn is prime mushroom hunting season and every year people die because they don't know what they're doing.

For example, I wouldn't go near these green-tinted mushrooms - they look like they'd kill you in a heartbeat. Yet these sanguinosi are not only edible, they're delicious. On the other hand there are mushrooms that look perfectly harmless, even scrumptious, that will put you in the hospital, if not the morgue, within hours.

Here in Spoleto you can take any mushroom to the local health office where there are experts whose job it is to help you stay alive.