Fall in Italy has nothing to do with grey sky and cold wind. Italian fall smells like honey, chestnut, wine, truffle and pumpkin. Endless vineyards and typical local fests, colourful autumn forests and art exhibitions in towns, hospitable southern islands and still warm sea water… Italy is beautiful 12 month a year!
If you happen to come to Italy in autumn, don’t worry about not finding interesting places to visit. Every Italian region is full of fantastic fall destinations – you just have to make a choice. We have prepared a list of 6 most attractive fall destinations in Italy you will definitely like.
Rome and places around
Fall destinations in Italy? Of course the one to start with is the Italian capital Rome. In September the air temperature lowers (in comparison to the summer hotness) and walking around the city places of interest becomes much more pleasant.
Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, Palazzo Madama, The Mouth of Truth, Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna… These are obviously only few suggestions to visit in Rome during your fall trip. The Eternal City is full of worthy fall destinations for any kind of personal preferences: art, history, religion, nature, travelling with kids – you can find whatever you want in the Italian capital and its suburbs.
Also the numerous Tuscan art cities become much easier to visit, especially for kids and seniors, when the temperature outside is lower than the unbearable 35°C in summer. We suggest to start from the capital city Florence: enjoy the city centre, visit the famous Uffizi gallery with no need to wait in a long queue and start your trip around the well-known spots of Tuscany: Siena, Lucca, Pisa and others.
In case you are looking for the autumn colours, make a trip to the Senese Clays – a range of hills and woods among Tuscan villages full of breathtaking red and orange landscapes.
Aosta Valley and Trentino mountains
If autumn for you is a synonym of mountains, have a look at the Italian Alps when choosing your fall destinations. There you can do trekking or simple long relaxing walks with fantastic views. We also recommend you to visit the local villages and numerous castles.
Val D’Aosta is also a right place for those who appreciate good food and wine: in autumn you can find many typical Italian “sagre” (local fests) in this region.
Langhe and Monferrato
Another idea for wine lovers is the Nothern Italian region Piemonte and, especially, the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato trio. A significant part of this area has been given the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO .
If you choose Piemonte as one of your fall destinations, the best way to explore it is to travel from one valley to another, dropping by small family-driven trattorias where you can try the typical local dishes accompanied by a glass of delicious wine.
The best solution to visit this Central Italian region in autumn is to rent a car or a camper and travel around the towns, villages and natural beauties. Similar to the Tuscan case, it’s a must to start from the capital city Perugia, but don’t stop your trip here: you would love also other places such as Montefalco, Foglino or Bettona.
If you love nature consider visiting Parco Fluviale del Nera – a huge green area that is considered a national value.
Seasides of Sicily and Sardinia
Fortunately, Italy has something to offer also to those who look for sea and bright sun even in autumn. If you are one of such tourists, Sicily and Sardinia are definitely perfect destinations for you fall vacation: the air temperature here is still pleasant and the sea is warm. What is more, travelling to the Italian islands in autumn you would save quite a bit of money: the transportation and hotel rates in September and October here are lower than in summer and the tourist flow is much smaller.