Visiting Italy in the fall is one of the best times to travel to this beautiful European country. Not only is the weather more comfortable, but the seasonal prices are lower, there are less tourists around, and there are so many interesting activities and events that take place during the fall.
From Milan to Sicily, there is so much to do and see during fall in Italy. During the months of September to October, Italy comes alive with festivals, events and activities that appeal to all types of travelers. From the seasonal wine harvest to traditional Italian festivals, here are the top ten ways to spend fall in Italy:
1. Milano Musica, Milan and Torino
One of the most important music festivals in Italy and Europe, the Milano Musica festival celebrates classical, contemporary, jazz, traditional, experimental and ancient music in more than 95 venues across the two cities of Milan and Torino. The festival features more than 2,600 musicians from 33 countries and is the only festival in the world to be hosted in two cities at the same time. Starting on September 5th, the festival lasts for three weeks and is a great reason to visit Milan in the fall.
2. Wine Festival, Panzano (between Florence and Pisa)
Typically taking place throughout October, and sometimes in September if the harvest comes early, wine season in Italy is when the grapes are picked for the harvest. During this period, festivals, feasts and celebrations take place across the Italian countryside. Known as the Vendemmia, these traditional celebrations have taken place in Italy for thousands of years. You can experience festivals in Tuscany, Sicily and Puglia, but one of the best places to celebrate is in the Chianti region of Tuscany, particularly in the hilltown of Panzano. The festival takes place every third weekend in September in the main square. Enjoy sampling locals wine and food and enjoying the town’s local festivities.
3. Alba Truffle Festival, Piedmont
Truffles, the earthy rich flavorful gem that makes Italian cuisine some of the best in the world. And every fall in Italy, this unique delicacy is celebrated in style. The Alba Truffle Festival in Alba, Piedmont, celebrates the fair white variety of “tartufi” that grow in the Northern regions of Italy and Umbria. This famous festival is a totally unique experience, and offers truffle oils and varieties of the truffles themselves, that can cost up to 60 euros each. The festival takes place from the 10th October to the 15th November.
4. Visiting the Vatican, Rome
Visiting the Vatican, the world’s smallest country, in Rome can be a nightmare in summer, with crowds to contend with and the scorching heat to overcome. However, not only is it best to visit Vatican City during the fall for the mild temperatures and quiet streets, but you may also get a chance to see the Pope during this time. In October the Pope usually heads back to his apartments at St. Peter’s Basilica. You can visit the Vatican website for details about his schedule and how to arrange an audience with the Pope.
5. Gelato Festival, Cefalu
The Sherbeth Festival is dedicated to celebrating gelato, and only gelato. One of Italy’s most famous exports, Sicilian gelato is a feast for the senses and this festival is the best way to really experience it. Usually taking place at the beginning of September. Enjoy local handmade gelato in the medieval hamlet of Cefalu, just an hour away from Palermo.
6. Festa della Castagna, Scala
Every October, the quaint village of Scala on the Amalfi Coast celebrates their chestnut harvest. The surrounding mountains are covered in chestnut trees, and if you can catch a harvest then you are in a for a fun weekend. The festival usually features local roasted chestnuts, traditional games, and a must-experience donkey race through the town.
7. Ottobrata, Zafferana Etnea
Located 12 miles north of Catania, the town of Zafferana Etnea has spectacular views of the Ionian Sea and the incredible Ottobrata festival is held in the town every Sunday throughout October. During the festival 9,500 Zafferanese take to the streets, eat lots of local food, drink lots of local wine and have fun Sicilian style.
8. Trekking in the Pollino National Park
The Pollino National Park in the southern mountainous region of Southern Italy is beautiful all year round, but the best time of year to explore the park is in the fall. Walk to historic villages, including Albanian villages that date back to the 15th and 16th centuries.
9. Rome Film Festival, Rome
The Rome Film Festival takes place in the major city of Rome every October, and despite being a young film festival in comparison to some of the other film festivals in Europe it is already one of the most important film festivals in the world. The festival also features a film market called the Business Street in the Via Veneto, which was featured in the classic film La Dolce Vita.
10. EuroChocolate, Perugia
A dessert lovers paradise, EuroChocolate festival has taken place every since the 90s and gets bigger and better every year. Taking place over one week in late October, the festival is enough to center your travel plans around. Every year the showcase of the festival takes place at the Perugina chocolate factory, where visits and samples are possible during the festival and throughout the year.
See it All in the Fall with Auto Europe
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