Autumn in Italy

by Jessica on September 10, 2009

by | September 10th, 2009  

autumnNo matter what you call it – autumn, fall, or the Italian autunno – this season is an excellent time to visit Italy. As is the case with many destinations in the Northern Hemisphere, when the worst of the summer heat has faded it makes way for some of the loveliest weather you could experience all year long.

It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold – it’s just right, whether you’re Goldilocks or not.

What’s Italy like in the fall?

Autumn in Italy is often characterized by the last lingering warm-to-hot days from summer (especially in September), but typically without the humidity or the hot nights. So even if it feels a little warmer than you think it should during the height of the day, it’ll cool down in the evenings so that your after-dinner passeggiata is more pleasant. Yet it’s still likely to be warm enough after dinner to warrant a gelato while you stroll.

You Might Need Sunglasses & an Umbrella
Toward the end of fall in Italy, however, the weather is definitely going to be cooler – and even by late September you may feel like you’ll need an umbrella or a rain jacket more than your sunglasses. In any case, it’s wise to check the current forecast for Italy weather, as the annual averages for temperatures and rainfall aren’t always the most accurate.

Food Festivals Galore
In addition to more temperate weather, traveling to Italy in autumn brings other perks. While there are festivals and celebrations year-round, some of the most fun (not to mention delicious) are the harvest-related food festivals that often take place in the fall. From wine to chocolate to prosciutto to truffles, the foods being celebrated in autumn are the stuff of dreams – and the festivals are fun cultural experiences even if you’re not a big-time foodie.

There are other non-food-related festivals that happen in the fall, and this is also when the regular seasons for things like Italian soccer and the various Italian opera houses start up again, too.

Not as Cheap as it Used to Be
Unfortunately, although it used to be that the fall and spring were considered “shoulder seasons” when things were less expensive and places less crowded, Italy’s high season has expanded over the years and now includes much of both fall and spring. So while you may find smaller crowds in some places in the fall, and prices on some things (especially airfare to Italy) will drop from the highs of summer, those empty streets and super bargains are now basically just the stuff of legend.

Now, if you’re already planning to avoid the most popular destinations in Italy, then you’re much more likely to find great deals and few other tourists in the fall – but in the most off-the-beaten-path places, that would be true at other times of year, too. Which is, I suppose, yet another endorsement for exploring the places that aren’t listed in the guidebooks.

For More Information About Travel in Italy in the Fall

photo by M^3, enhanced with picnik by me

{ 6 comments }

marina de martino September 10, 2009 at 10:11 am
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Hi ,Jessica
wonderful picture ,you feel good the different realities!
Ciao marina from Naples

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Peter September 10, 2009 at 10:47 am
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“No matter what you call it – autumn, fall, or the Italian autunno – this season is an excellent time to visit Italy.”

…not only is it an excellent time – it’s the BEST time, in my eyes!

From the sagre, feste, mild weather, harvest, vendemmia, smaller lines and so much more… If someone plans a trip and has September free, come to Italy!

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letizia mattiacci September 16, 2009 at 10:44 am
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Autumn in Italy gives indeed wonderful opportunities to savor fantastic food. There’s still fresh figs in September and luscious grapes of the Italia variety. At the end of October comes the fragrant “new olive oil , drizzled on crusty bread and lentil soup. November brings chestnuts roasted on woodfire with a glass of new red wine. Heaven!

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Jessica September 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm
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Letizia, you’re making me hungry… :)

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Manuel October 15, 2009 at 2:16 am
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I think the best season is the spring to visit Italy and especially Rome, April and May are months in Rome with sunny and mild temperatures. Autumn is a sad season with rain.

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