Italy is one of the most popular summer destinations. With huge draws like the Amalfi coast, Rome, Venice, and Capri, it's easy to see why summers in Italy are molto affollato (very crowded). While being under that Tuscan sun is certainly appealing, there's something special about Italy in the fall. Check out our top 5 reasons to save your Italian vacanza for the cooler months. You'll thank us!
1. TRUFFLE SEASON
October and November are prime time for truffles in areas like Piemonte, Umbria and Molise. Truffle addicts can even attend truffle festivals like the White Truffle Festival in Alba on Saturdays and Sundays from October 8th to November 27th. In it's 86th year, attendees can purchase truffles, discover local wines from the Langhe and Roero, and try local specialty foods items like artisanal confectionery, cheeses, egg pastas, cured meats and more.
2. LESS TOURISTS + LOWER PRICES
Last time we visited Rome in the summer the Trevi fountain was so packed with tourists we thought we'd have to fight our way out gladiator style. If the above image is your idea of fun, by all means, the summer is the best time for you to visit Italy. On the other hand, if this photo makes you want to hide from the world forever, let us introduce to you to the joys of fall travel. Not only are there less travellers to Italy between September and December, prices are often much cheaper when you're not fighting with hundreds and thousands of others for the same flights and hotel rooms. Sanity plus extra money? It's a win win.
3. THE COLOURS!
Ontario has some pretty amazing fall colour changes that rival anywhere else in the world, but throw in amazing local Italian wine and some of the best food in the world and you may as well see fall leaves in Italy. Northern Italy in particular has a beautiful fall season and the area is filled with wooded national parks for ideal viewing.
4. THE GRAPE HARVEST
For most of Italy, September and October (even November in some areas) mean grape harvest season or the vendemmia as they call it in Italy. Every town celebrates with its own festa del vino and there's no reason why you can't join in on the fun too. If you're looking for a Chianti themed wine harvest event, head to the Vino al Vino Wine Festival is held in Chianti's hill town of Panzano, midway between Florence and Siena. Wine from many of the Panzano wineries is available to be sampled, plus there is music, a festive atmosphere and food stands offering local delicacies. Try Foreste Casentinesi national park in Tuscany, Monti Sibillini National park in Marche, or the mountain routes in the National park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise
5. OPERA SEASON
What's more quintessential (and perhaps cliché) Italian than opera? Forget the cheesy scene you're creating in your mind though because the Italians know how to do Opera right. They did invent it after all. Opera season begins in October, so visiting in the flal means you'll get to see the seasons shows while they're still fresh. Famous opera houses include Milan's Teatro Alla Scala, Venice's Teatro La Fenice, Naple's Teatro di San Carlo, and Teatro Comunale in Bologna, to name a few.