The golden and red vineyards and hills of Tuscany, Umbria or Marche, the warm water and empty beaches of Puglia, Calabria or Sardinia, few tourists and lower prices on the crowded Amalfi Coast and Cinque Terre seasons, rusty red leaves against still green meadows and white peaks of the Dolomites or maybe the huge amount of seasonal fruits, pleasant temperatures and the second spring in Sicily? Italy in September, October, November, early December. What are the pros and cons of travel in these months? What weather and what landscapes can you expect?
When the July calendar gives a way to August, and the days are slowly becoming shorter, we are starting with worry to think about the end of the Summer. But does the season for great trips close with the first ring at schools? Nothing like that. Particularly in Italy September, October, November, and even the beginning of December are months offering a lot of attractions, poisoning visitors, photography, food and sunbathing, which in the southern regions of the country with good aura can be practiced even till the early days of November. Personally, I love September in Italy. For six years I didn’t set barefoot on the Italian land in July or August because it’s too hot and too crowded for me and prices are sometimes dizzy. What can you expect in September? Almost everything is the best! Temperature is moderate, usually very warm, but not too hot. Rains appear more often, though they don’t dominate. Seasonal fruits are screaming to us from the stalls. Imagine the taste! I will never forget the grapes I ate in Puglia in September. Purchased it from the trike in Ostuni, just taken from the tree, the best I have ever had in my mouth. Citrus on trees are in full bloom, so that they can reach full maturity in early December and land on market stalls. Beaches, excluding resorts, are almost empty, although very warm water in the sea is ideal for long baths. Puglia, Calabria, Amalfi Coast, Sardinia or Siciliy offers ideal conditions for sunbathing, sometimes until the beginning of November.
Polignano a Mare, Puglia,October 4 © Jean-Lø Phøtø
Gallipoli, Puglia,September 26 © AaronP65
Tropea, September 21
About Autumn on the Amalfi Coast Malgorzata Ewa Mikrut, who has been living in Sorrento for 20 years, says: “Of course in the low-season there are fewer hotels and restaurants with less attraction for tourist’s. But when the weather is nice and warm on Amalfi Coast you can take sunbath untill November. An example is last year, but I remember also previous years – it was similar. All structures on the beach are open from June to October. For those who love active tourism and want to explore Il Sentiero degli Dei or Valle delle Ferriere are the perfect months, the trails are not difficult, but in summer the weather is too hot for such expeditions. The summer heat of tourists doesn’t allow us to see and feel the unique atmosphere of this place. The best way to get to know the Amalfi Coast is to relax in peace, in the midst of the locals, try to learn their culture and habits.”
October and November are the perfect months for photography lovers. The wonderful colors offered the Dolomites, Umbria, Marche or the photography no.1- Tuscany. The yellow-red leaves of the vine dominate the landscape of the Chianti hills, and curve cypresses ways twiste in the Val d’Orcia fields, alternating between green, yellow and brown, in the characteristic shade of the burnt soil, in the evenings and in the mornings, with the distinctive mist. I have written about the most beautiful scenic spots before, giving precise directions to venues where genuine postcard panoramas can be shot. Take a look at this post. And when you want to relax while exploring, the ideal place is one of the four hot springs.
Sinalunga, Val d’Orcia, Tuscany, October 27 © Gordon Baldwin
Vineyards near Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany, October 27 © Mike Robinson
Val d’Orcia, Tuscany, November 4 © Ralph Kränzlein
Pitigliano, Tuscany, December 7 © Fabrizio Lunardi
Sorano, |November 5 © Aleksandr Naumenko
San Gimignano, November 7 © Antonio Cinotti
Monticchiello, Val d’Orcia, September 24
Val d’Orcia, September 24
Does September, October, November and the beginning of December is a good time to explore? Definitely yes! First and foremost, other people are definitely less at that time, the sun is not so hot anymore, and the temperatures do not cause rapid fatigue. Also, the light that falls in the autumn on city buildings is completely different. Mild, with a different angle, can show the same place in a completely different scene. Look at the wonderful pictures of Cinque Terre made on November 12 last year.
Manarola © Stephan H
Vernazza © Stephan H
Vernazza © Stephan H
Riomaggiore © Stephan H
Ideal months to visit the towns of Puglia and the Basilicata, including Matera and the UNESCO Sassi rocky districts appear to be September, October and November. Marta Erdini, a Pole living in Matera, a guide to the Basilicata region, says: “Autumn is one of the best times of the year for a trip to the Basilicata – let’s start with a lower, more favorable temperature. Still, the weather allows for swimming in the Sea, and if you do not like the crowds on the beach, then in September you can enjoy the charms of the coast (in Basilicata the sandy Ionic or Tyrrhenian seaside) with peace and quiet. However, this is primarily reserved to the seaside resorts – the main tourist attractions September is still full-season all the time, so do not expect empty squares and alleys, for example, while side seeing the rocky districts of Sassi in Matera. For sure there are more months to come here – I would highly recommend October and November, which, due to the exceptional autumn light, was chosen by Mel Gibson when he was shooting in Matera “Passion of the Christ”. In addition to the autumn holidays, there are also festivals that will let you discover local specialties – I recommend the September taste of dried figs in Miglionico or mushroom picking in the Pollino National Park. In December, we are slowly starting to accompany the festive atmosphere – from 8.12 (Immacolata – Immaculate Conception) you can count on the events that start the Christmas season. The diversity of the autumn holiday in the Basilica will satisfy everyone!” By the way, Sicily in September, you can expect to experience transient and intense precipitation, which for the sun-burned soil is like a patch on a bleeding wound. But thanks to that, in October the island once again green and flowers with flowers, which through the city is called the second spring. The cons of traveling in Autumn are shorter days and cooler evenings and mornings. The suitcase must be properly packed, the think about taking a jacket, the sweater, the umbrella and waterproof shoes, but also t-shirts, sunglasses, and sunscreen. I will never forget to stay in Naples in mid-December. At noon the sun shone exceptionally intensely and the temperature reached 15 ºC.
Alberobello, Puglia, September 19 © Antonio Ciriello
Alberobello, Apulia, October © Danilo
Alberobello, Apulia, September 27th © AaronP65
Sant’Agata di Puglia, Alupia, October 1 © AaronP65
Did I convince you to travel to Italy in the autumn? I hope that those of you who have doubts and can afford to vacation during the school year will no longer be wondering. How best to organize such a trip? You can buy a plane ticket, because of cheap flights to Italy now we have record high. You can also get a car and move ahead, for example to Tuscany using my tips, which has a great advantage especially if you like to come back with lots of local delicacies.
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