Five Reasons Fall is the Best Time to Visit Italy

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Are you planning to visit Italy in the fall? It’s a great time to travel to Italy, according many! Here are the top 5 reasons to travel to Italy in fall: From the beautiful weather to the abundance of food festivals.

1. Take in the harvest at one Italy’s most famous fall food festivals

You might even be able to take part in the harvest of the fall grapes – then you can relax and enjoy the fruits, preferably in large glasses!

Sagre are festivals that celebrate a particular wine or food in the fall. Sagre are a wonderful way to see the culture and produce of a particular area. Often, there is very little tourists. There are festivals for all tastes in the fall: wine, chestnuts and chocolate, truffles or porcini mushrooms, fish, polenta or potatoes.

It’s harvest season in Italy, which is why there are so many sagre. It is harvest time for olives and wine. This makes it a wonderful experience to be part of a harvest or even to simply taste the results. Almonds, chestnuts and white truffles are also being harvested. Fall is a great time to visit Italy, especially if you enjoy eating. (For more information on autumn foods, see our post about four of our favorite fall dishes in Italy . ).

You can find out which fiere and sagre are being held in Italy by visiting the Sagree e Ditorni sites. You can also run them through Google Translator to get the English versions. Our blog post Italy’s Truffle Festivals is a must-read. They are very popular in the autumn.

For a more detailed introduction to Italian cuisine, take a look at our food tours through Italy.

2. Fall in Italy means less crowds…and lower prices

Fall is, for many, the best time to travel to Italy. It is also cheaper to travel to Italy, as it has fewer tourists. As cooler temperatures bring down prices, so do the prices.

Don’t rush to judgment: High season prices in high-trafficked locations like Rome, Venice and Florence can be high through September, or even October. Why we love Rome in Fall and why it is best to wait until October or November. You can take advantage of September’s lower accommodation costs by traveling to more remote areas such as Puglia, Abruzzo or Molise. You can still visit the traditional places while still avoiding crowds and enjoying lower prices. However, you should travel as late as possible in the season, from late October to early November.

3. Admire the beautiful fall colors

The Umbrian countryside in autumn colors

Brightly colored leaves are not only a feature of fall in New England. Italy also displays a wide range of fall colors in October. The best place to view fall colors in Italy is the wooded national parks. Even a drive through rural Umbria, Lazio and Le Marche can be a treat for the eyes. These 7 gems are worth a visit in Rome’s Lazio region.

4. It’s the beginning of soccer season

The buying, trading, and deliberations have ended and the games can begin. Calcio is the most beloved sport in Italy and the season’s opening ceremony is celebrated with great fanfare. You can check out the game schedule, and then go to any pub in your town to enjoy the game with friends! You can also buy tickets to enjoy a cultural experience. This is soccer in Italy, so don’t forget the colors!

5. You can say benvenuto for beautiful weather and cooler temperatures

Even the fall light is more beautiful!

It has a pleasant climate in the autumn. Even further north, temperatures can reach the 70s or 80s in September, even as far as Venice. This is a far cry from the August heat and it looks pretty good.

The daytime highs and lowests in October are within a range that allows you to put on a light jacket and then take it off in the afternoon. You can watch the sun set over an aperitif while you wait. This is also a better climate for photography because the sun’s rays are less harsh and the shadows become darker, making old Roman ruins photos look even more dramatic.

There are more rainy day than usual, so be aware of this, especially in Venice, where it starts in November. The sunshine is wonderful and, unless you’re a true sun-lover, it’s much more pleasant during the day than in the summer.

Do you love fall in Italy? Let us know why or not in the comments!

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