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
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 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
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!
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!