Kate McCulley a RoamRight Blog Author

5 Reasons to Visit Italy in the Autumn


Late summer is a magical time in Italy: the summer crowds disappear, the Italians return from their seaside holidays and the temperatures slowly decrease. Fall is on its way – and it’s a fantastic time to visit Italy. Here are five reasons why.


1. Smaller Tourist Crowds

While summer is the most popular time to visit Italy, it comes at a cost: sights that are busy throughout the year become unbearably crowded during high season, and high temperatures and humidity can make sightseeing downright unpleasant. If you visit in the fall, you’ll be able to experience these destinations amid far fewer tourists.

Italy will never be tourist-free, and you’ll never be the only tourist in Florence or Rome. But anyone who has waited in line for the Vatican Museums in the heat of August will tell you that if you can do anything to avoid that long, sweaty line – do it.

Where to Go: Fall is a good time to hit up the most famous sights in Italy. Take a gondola ride through the canals of Venice, tour the cliff-hugging villages of Cinque Terre and get to know the statue of David at the Accademia in Florence.


2. Harvest Season

Being so famous for its culinary offerings, Italy receives its fair share of culinary tourists. But those in the know understand that the best food season of all is during the fall, when it seems like everything that grows in the ground is being harvested.

To get the most out of your visit, book a stay at an agriturismo – an Italian farm that doubles as an inn. At an agriturismo, you can spend your days learning about food production, even taking part in picking olives or making wine if you'd like, before feasting on dinners fit for a king in the evenings.

Where to Go: Every town in the Emilia-Romagna region has a signature food item. Head to the town of Sant'Agata Feltria for its truffle festival in late October, or visit a parmigiano reggiano factory outside the city of Parma.


3. Wine Tasting

Serious wine aficionados know that there's no better time to visit Italy than during the autumn crush. This is the point when it becomes clear what kind of year it's been for the wine. If it happens to be particularly successful year, these oenophiles could be witnessing history in the making.

With so many “house wines” regularly outdoing the pricier offerings on Italian menus, the quality of wine is uniformly excellent and there's no better place to try wine after wine.

Where to Go: Believe me, in Italy, you’re spoiled for choice! Consider venturing to Tuscany to try out the famous wines of the Chianti region, or head further north to Piedmont and its strong reds.


4. High Water Season in Venice

Most people will tell you to avoid fall in Venice due to high water season, when the floods rise up high. Personally, it's my favorite time to visit. The overcast skies and pale light turn the city into an ethereal paradise.

During the fall, you'll recognize the locals their tall rubber boots, worn to combat the occasional floods of the city. Bring a pair of boots and join them as you splash in puddles and walk along the elevated wooden planks. Most people never get to see this unique side of Venice.

Where to Go: Cannaregio is the ultimate neighborhood for getting a sense of the old Venice that has entranced writers from Shakespeare to Mann. Go in the late afternoon when the sun is beginning to set for unforgettable photographs.


5. A Longer Summer

In many ways, southern Italy could almost be a different country from northern Italy. While there are plenty of cultural and culinary differences between the north and the south, there are also differences in climate, and the south will stay warmer longer than the north.

If you're missing the sunshine, you might be able to milk the last rays of summer in the far south of Italy. Whatever you're looking for in Italy, the south has it – from tiny country towns to ancient ruins, volcanic islands, and coastal towns so beautiful that they'll take your breath away. Why not have one last vacation in the sun while your friends are at home in jeans and sweaters?

Where to Go: Head to the Amalfi Coast for unbelievable views, or fly to Sicily and enjoy Taormina and Siracusa without the summer crowds. Matera, filled with cave homes built out of solid rock, has one of the most unique landscapes in all of Italy.

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About the Author

Kate McCulley

Kate McCulley, a RoamRight Blog Author Kate McCulley, better known as Adventurous Kate, has been a full-time travel blogger for more than 2.5 years. She specializes in independent and solo travel for women, and is particularly interested in budget adventure travel. Kate is originally from the Boston area and has most recently lived in London. She has been to more than 30 countries on 5 continents. Kate is currently traveling with her partner Mario and taking photos for SomeoneOnceToldMe.com. Their goal is to get 1000 photos and stories from people around the world. Visit Kate's site at AdventurousKate.com and follow her on Twitter at @adventurouskate. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus.

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