Italy is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. Italy’s impact on the world can be seen all over the country, in the beautiful artwork, crumbling ruins, and impressive palaces.
Italy also consists of vibrant cities like Rome, Sicily – the largest Island in the Mediterranean, shaped like a ball being kicked by the Italian boot, the island is home to turquoise waters and white sand beaches, UNESCO listed Greek temples and a host of others. All of these amazing destinations are filled with visitors from across the globe in the summer months, but one of our favourite times to visit is in the fall.
Wine tasting and harvest festivals in Tuscany:
Fall in Italy is synonymous with harvest festivals and wine tasting events. Visit Tuscany, one of the world’s most notable wine regions to taste the precious result of the harvest with a tour of the wine trails in Chianti and discover one of the world’s best known Italian wines (pride of the Chianti region).
The months of September and October are rich in events and festivals across all the regions. September in Tuscany offers the bright colors medieval festival in Lucas and Arezzo, the deep-seated competition between Pescia and Asciano, and sweet aromas from Prato.
Where to stay: Villa Delle Rose
Enjoy Truffle Season in Tuscany:
What’s a better way to enjoy your Tuscany vacation than by tasting its more genuine flavors?
Enjoy taking your dishes with white truffle oil or black truffle oil. The Tuscan culinary traditions are strictly linked to the season, and they reach their best during fall, with uncountable delights.
From mushrooms to pumpkins, chestnuts, these are only some of the many delicious ingredients that accompany the traditional Tuscan recipes in autumn. But the king of the season has to be truffles. You can have both white truffle oil and black truffle oil with your dishes.
Where to stay: Campo Dell’Amato
Discover the Roman Forum:
The Roman Forum is another one of Italy’s big hitter attractions and lies between the Capitoline and the Palatine hills in Rome.
Visiting the Roman Forum is one of the things to do in Rome and will be incredibly less busy in the fall months than in the summer and the cooler temperatures will allow you to explore longer.
The Roman Forum would once have been the center of the mighty Roman Empire and you can take in the beautiful complex here as well as enjoy views from the terraces all over the wider city.
Where to stay: Fratte Apartment
Explore the Vatican
The Vatican City is one of the most important religious spots in the world, and it is home to powerhouses such as the Piazza San Pietro and St Peter’s Basilica.
You can also take in the majesty of the Vatican Palace as well as the Sistine Chapel which features the creatures of Adam.
Where to stay: Spagna 90
Take a boat trip along the Amalfi Coast:
The gorgeous Amalfi Coast is one of the most scenic spots in Italy and a trip here would not complete without taking a boat trip along the shoreline. Take in sights such as the towering Lattari Mountains and the various coves and inlets from sea in one of our amazing private boat tours.
Where to stay: Villa San Giacomo
On the eastern side of Sicily, visitors can experience Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano.
The Catania landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site still erupts frequently; thriving tourism and agricultural industries have developed in the towns located along its slopes.
Visitors can take a cable car to the halfway point and then take a 4×4 bus to the top.
Where to stay: Villa del Tufo
Seafood and street food in Sicily:
When you dream about Italian food (everyone does this right?), there is a good chance dishes like pizza, pasta and anything coated in cheese comes to mind.
And while Sicily has its fair share of carb-loading, the local cuisine is more based around fresh seafood than northern staples.
Sardines and clams are particularly popular and make frequent menu appearances, but the most ubiquitous seafood dish is involtini di Pesce Spada, Sicilian swordfish rolls.
The main street of each Sicilian town is one of the best ways to experience the culinary landscape of this southern region.
Where to stay: Villa Artemisia