5 Reasons to Love the Fall in Italy

Traveling to Italy in autumn

Italy in the fall: simply beautiful!

Thinking of coming to Italy in autumn? You’re in luck—it’s one of our favorite times to visit Italy. Here are just five reasons why we love Italy in the fall!

Sagre, sagre everywhere

At a sagra in Umbria, Italia

Truffles at a festival in Umbria in autumn

In the autumn, sagre, or festivals celebrating a local food or wine, pop up all over Italy. We adore these sagre; they’re a fantastic way to experience the local produce and culture, usually with hardly any other tourists! And, in autumn, there’s a festival for every taste: The schedule shows sagre celebrating wine, chestnuts, chocolate, truffles, porcini mushrooms, fish, polenta, even potatoes!

To figure out which sagre and fiere are taking place across Italy, check out the sites Sagre e Ditorni and Sagre in Italia (you can always run them through Google Translator for the English versions). And don’t miss our blog post on Italy’s truffle festivals, which are also popular in late autumn.

It’s harvest time!

A fall olive harvest in Italy

A big reason for all of the sagre in Italy this time of year is the fact that it’s harvest time. Olives are harvested in the autumn, and participating in a harvest—or even just tasting the result!—is a fantastic experience. Other foods being harvested now include almonds, chestnuts, white truffles, and produce like arugula, broccoli, potatoes, and zucchini. (For more on fall foods, check out our post on four favorite autumn dishes in Italy!).

Fewer crowds… and lower prices

For many, of course, this is the big reason to consider autumn: The prices, and crowds, drop from their yearly high in July and August.

Still, remember that high season runs into September, even October, particularly for high-trafficked destinations like Rome, Venice, Florence, the Cinque Terre, and the Amalfi coast. Prices, too, typically remain high into October. If you really want to experience the sights in some tranquility, and to take advantage of lower hotel rates and airfares, come as late in the season as possible—November is really the start of low season—and, as always, plan to #takewalks and go off the beaten path!

Gorgeous fall colors

Italy in autumn

The fall colors of the Umbrian countryside

It’s not just New England that gets brightly-colored leaves in the fall! Italy, too, shows off a range of beautiful colors come October. Of course, the best place to see the fall colors is in Italy’s wooded national parks. But even a drive through the countryside of Lazio, Umbria or Le Marche is a feast for the eyes. (Here are 7 gems not to miss in Rome’s region of Lazio!).

Benvenuto, beautiful weather and cooler temperatures!

Rome in autumn

Even the light gets prettier in the fall!

In the early autumn, it can still be fairly warm. In fact, as far north as Venice, temperatures still tend to be in the 70s and 80s through September. But that’s already much more comfortable than the heat of July and August, and by October, the weather typically turns spectacular. Temperatures cool down to the 50s and 60s. And although there are more rainy days mixed in, too (especially in November), there’s usually also plenty of sunshine.

Do you love the fall in Italy? Tell us why, or why not, in the comments!


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12 Responses to 5 Reasons to Love the Fall in Italy

  1. Angela Keller August 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Great Article – makes me want to start planning a trip. We have always gone in May which is also spectacular but I would love to see Umbria in the fall – all of the food is already so wonderful I can only imagine it at harvest time.

  2. lee August 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Sagre e Ditorni and Sagre in Italia

    thank you for both of these sites! i am just starting to list italian festivals by month on my blog and asking Italian americas if they remember them.

    but more important, festivals are a GREAT weay for solo travelers to interact with the community. Far easier to chat in a festival atpmospher than just at the outdoor market or in the square. This is wonderful

    Just wish they had an english page: google translator is not very good….. buy my italian is worse!

  3. Ashley August 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    This post makes me so excited for my trip to Rome this October. I can hardly wait!

  4. Eleanor Marriott August 31, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    An interesting article – thanks for the link to the Sangre festivals. I love the first picture – wherever it is I want to go there!

    • walksofitaly September 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

      Hi Eleanor,
      The picture was taken in Umbria, not far from Todi. It’s a gorgeous part of the country! Thanks for visiting our blog!

  5. Penny Sadler August 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    I have been to Italy in late October and early October and like it for all of the stated reasons. I did hit some bad weather up north in late October but overall it was ok.
    I’m looking forward to going this year again in October.

  6. Nadine@Goowai September 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Italy is just beautiful, especially in the fall season. I’ve been there once and I love the color of the trees and the weather is just perfect.

  7. Jan October 9, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    Spending the entire month of November in Rome – for all the reasons you list!

  8. Peter October 9, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    Thanks, treat article, makes me want to go pack and go. Luckily I am going to Florence, in november!
    I also went last february, which is really low season. Alone at the Brancacci chapel, alone at the Pazzi chapel, alone at the Battistero. An amazing experience to visit these historic sites in such tranquility.
    And the sagre are, I think, the one of the best ways to experience Italian life. And there are plenty sagre around!

  9. Richard November 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Love it! A wonderful article sharing probably what is the best time in Italy to enjoy the food, wine and colors of the season.


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