4 Fantastic Fall Destinations in Italy

by Christopher Atwood



Fall in Italy is a glorious time — especially, when you know where to go to avoid the crowds. As an added plus, fall is when foreign tourism starts to wane in Italy -- marrying shorter lines with cooler weather. But, if you want to see fall in Italy, it’s important you head to the right spots to skip the crowds.

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To best enjoy fall in Italy, travelers should skip the seas and head to Italy's foliage-aflame hillsides. You can bike atop the walls of Lucca or hunt for truffles in the hills of Umbria.

Below, you’ll find our top 4 Spots for Fall in Italy:

4) VAL D'ORCIA, TUSCANY

Tuscany brims with charming towns and rolling vineyards, especially in the quiet Val d’Orcia region. Located just 2-hours south of Florence, Val d’Orcia is easily reached while still feeling removed from the crowds. September through October is harvest time here at the vineyards, so travelers can watch workers pluck grapes from their golden vines. Wine lovers might sip on the famed Brunello varietal, while foodies will enjoy tasting local pecorino cheese.  Download our cheese-themed VAL D'ORCIA itinerary here.

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3) PIEDMONT'S WINE COUNTRY

Travel experts have called Piedmont the “next Tuscany,” due to its quaint hilltop towns, lush vineyards and rich cuisine. Tucked in Italy’s northwest, Piedmont offers visitors a charm all its own. During October, the hills of Le Langhe wine region burn yellow as the vines change color. Fall is prime white truffle season as well. Indeed, the town of Alba hosts an annual white truffle fair from October through November —spotlighting this world-famous delicacy. Visitors to Piedmont can also revel on the shores of Lago d’Orta, a quiet lake bordered by foliage-draped mountains. Click to download our PIEDMONT sample trip.

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2) UMBRIA - UNTOUCHED CENTRAL ITALY

In just a couple hours’ drive from Rome, travelers will find themselves in the countryside of Umbria. Home to postcard perfect towns like Orvieto and Assisi, Umbria abounds with wooded glens and delicious sights. Travelers with a sweet tooth can head to Perugia in October for its annual Eurochocolate festival. Or, visitors might enjoy staying at an agriturismo – a deluxe accommodation on a family farm. Here, they can hunt for black truffles in the woods or learn to make pasta from local cooks. Download your Untouched Umbria trip itinerary here.

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1) LUCCA, TUSCANY

Tuscany is much much more than Florence and Chianti. The walled city of Lucca lies in the region’s north. Surrounded by vineyards and olive orchards, Lucca is an ideal setting for fall in Italy. Visitors can observe farmers gather olives from the trees before pressing them into emerald-green oil . Sporty travelers might enjoy a bike tour through the countryside around Lucca, stopping at a family-run vineyard for a wine tasting and lunch. During the fall, Lucca also hosts food festivals that celebrate the area’s natural bounty—chestnuts , farro and wild boar.

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