Since the world is frozen now, and many people have postponed trips and are trying to decide when to take their dream Italian vacation, it seems like the perfect time to immagine and plan a future vacation. To me, it often seems like everyone imagines visiting Italy in the summer, but I am here to make a case instead for the fall. Here are 5 reasons why this is a great time to visit the boot.
- The vendemmia. The vendemmia is the wine harvest and it’s a wonderful time to be in Italy. You can visit the wineries, see the wine making process in action and be a part of the action. If you love wine, this is not to be missed.
- Empty beaches. In august the beaches are so packed, it’s hard to find a spot. In September instead, most Italians return to work and the beaches are blissfully uncrowded. If you’re coming for the coast, you can’t go wrong in September. The weather is still warm, the prices have dropped and you will find mare paradise no matter what part of Italy you visit.
- Festa della Rificolona. This event is a procession that crosses all of Florence, ending the Piazza Santissima Annunziata. It is marked by the homemade (or store bought) paper lanterns, each one glowing brightly and suspended on sticks held by the paraders. The event is held each evening of September 7th to mark the birth of the Virgin Mary. It’s truly beautiful to see, glowing lanterns, in various colors, shapes and sizes, marching through the city. I look forward to it every year.
- The weather. September finally begins to cool off from the scorching days of August. It will still be hot, but nothing like those brutal months of June through August. You can still easily enjoy a spritz outside, without melting to the chair while you drink. October it cools off even more, chestnuts start roasting in the piazza and everything feels fresh and cozy.
- The prices. Summer is notoriously expensive in Italy. From about June-August, the prices often double and even triple in the week of ferragosto in the middle of August. Skip the sticker shock and plan your trip in October or even November.
And there you have it, 5 of the reasons the fall marks the start of my favorite time to be in Italy. Buon viaggio ragazzi!