Without any doubt, visiting Italy in autumn is one of the best things you can do. Just think about leaving the crowd and the heat of summer behind you and imagine the fragrance of chestnuts and truffles spreading in the air while driving slowly through enchanted landscapes painted in yellow and orange.
Autumn is also the perfect season for spending time in the so-called città d’arte (art cities) like Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples and admire the monuments in peace without lining or being squeezed by the crowd. Sunny days can be amazing, and in case of rain, options are multiple. The easier? Find shelter in a museum and admire world renowned artworks or enter chic boutiques and do some shopping!
As sun comes back, rent a car and go for a drive in the countryside, maybe looking for a sagra (food festival), since autumn is also considered by experts the best season for eating in Italy.
There’s no chance to get bored here! Among other things, just give a glance to the rich cultural offer of Palazzo Reale and pick one of the exhibitions (our tip is Giotto).
If the Milanese fog is too chilly, go straight to the elegant QC Termemilano, a SPA in the city center surrounded by history where you can even enjoy an aperitivo in bathrobe.
In sunny days don’t hesitate to rent a car and go to explore the countryside, smell the mist and delight your eyes with the unreal autumn colors, maybe in one of the best scenery in the world: the Langhe. Less than 2 hours by car from Milan there’s the white truffle world’s capital: Alba, where every year takes place the most important Italian truffle festival.
You’re convinced that you’ve already seen everything in Florence? Maybe not, until the end of December, Florence will become a museum in open air where admire Jeff Koons artworks in an innovative conversation with the medieval architecture of the city and statues of the Italian Renaissance.
For tasting the Tuscan cooking at its best, once arrived in the city go to a Tourist Information Office and ask where the next sagre will take place in towns and villages around the city. Once there, you’ll have the chance to taste delicious porcini mushrooms or meat, to talk with locals and to do a unique experience.
And what to do in case of rain? What about indulging in a cup of hot chocolate, better if in the best cioccolateria in Florence?
Whit less crowd, some places unveil their most charming aspect, like the peaceful park of the Appia Antica. Strolling there, surrounded by the Mediterranean nature and millennia-old ruins, can be an even mystic experience.
Sunsets in Rome can be moving and incredibly romantic, especially in autumn. Our suggestion is to enjoy the one you can admire from the top of the iconic Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland), the view from here embraces the entire city: the Colosseum, the Imperial Forums, the the River Tiber and Jewish Ghetto, up to the Capitol Hill and to the Quirinal.
In the second half of October, Rome hosts a famous international film festival, why don’t take the chance, mix with the Romans and become part of the event? It will be also a great opportunity to see a different aspect of the Eternal City, usually unknown for most of the visitors.