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The Best European Cities to Visit in October

It’s shoulder season in Europe in October, so why not make the most of the quiet streets and take a European city break with TRIPS by Culture Trip?
Richard Collett
10 Dec 2021
In Northern Italy, you can explore Roman ruins and medieval castles without the crowds – while Istanbul is resplendent in its autumnal glow throughout the month. Lisbon and Porto never sleep – even in autumn – while Southern Italy is flaunting the last of the season’s sun. Best of all is Tbilisi, where the autumn harvests see the city packed with fresh, local goods – along with more varieties of wine than you ever knew existed. Here are the best European cities to visit in October with TRIPS by Culture Trip.
1. Rome, for exploring the ruins without the crowds
You’ll find many of the best European cities to visit in October are located in Northern Italy. Sure, it won’t be as sunny as summer, but the streets of Milan and Pisa will be far less crowded – and if it does rain, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants and museums. There’s a lot to see in the north, but this 10-day group tour helps you to see all the urban highlights. Explore the ruins of Rome by bicycle, visit wineries and medieval cities in Tuscany and see the art and Renaissance palaces of Florence. You’ll also visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Cinque Terre and Lake Como – before ending the trip with lasagna and Parma ham in Milan.
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2. Istanbul and Antalya, for ancient civilizations and Mediterranean sun
Visit Istanbul in October and you’ll miss the big summer crowds and the fierce summer heat as you draw into its glorious autumn. The grounds of the Topkapi Palace are resplendent in autumnal colours – while sights like the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque aren’t quite so busy as they can be earlier in the year. But there’s much more to see over the Bosphorus. Istanbul is your gateway to Asia – as well as Europe – so, why not join this 12-day group tour? After exploring Istanbul, you’ll travel to see ancient Anatolian civilizations in Ankara, before you’re off hiking in Cappadocia – where conditions are perfect in October. You’ll finish up the trip in Antalya – Turkey’s top Mediterranean city – and soak up the last of the sun or take a dip in the Mediterranean before heading back home.
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3. Porto and Lisbon for wine tasting in the crisp October sun
With temperatures hitting highs of 22C, October is the ideal time to enjoy the autumn sun and skip the crowds in Portugal’s cities – yet there’s always the challenge of choosing between rivals Porto and Lisbon when you’re planning a Portuguese escapade. In the north, Porto is home to 15th-century medieval architecture, baroque churches and impressive palaces that are all recognised for their historical significance by Unesco. Meanwhile, in Lisbon, you have those iconic yellow trams to ride, custard egg tarts to devour and glorious Atlantic beaches to explore. Why choose, when you can have both? Join this nine-day group tour, where you’ll start in Porto – before adventuring to the Douro Valley, Comporta and beyond to Lisbon.
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4. Tbilisi, for embracing the Georgian harvests

October is harvest time in Georgia and far from being just a rural event, the cities are flooded with fresh fruit and produce from the villages – and there’s plenty of Georgian “supras” to celebrate. The Georgian capital, Tbilisi, is a satisfying place for foodies in autumn – where you can experience the culinary delights of the Dezerter Bazaar, as well as cheese-breads and local wines at the start of this nine-day group tour. After eating your way through Tbilisi, the trip moves into the Kakheti region – you’ll learn how to cook and drink Georgian-style here as the harvest is brought in around you. The tour moves into the Caucasus mountains – where you can work off all the food hiking to remote mountain villages and valleys – before returning to soak in Tbilisi’s sulfur baths at the end of an epic trip.

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5. Naples and the Amalfi Coast for the last of the summer sun
October might just be the best time to visit Italy’s cities. You’ll miss the scorching summer heat – but don’t worry, it’s still going to be very warm. Best of all, you’ll miss the summer crowds. Our top pick in October is Naples – the birthplace of pizza and home to some of Italy’s tastiest pasta, pastries and parmigiana. Join this 10-day group trip to Southern Italy and you’ll start with a culinary tour in Naples before exploring the Amalfi Coast – in October, you’ll have entire stretches of coastline to yourself. You’ll visit wineries and valleys, before visiting Puglia’s most historic cities at the end of the tour. In Otranto, you can see an 11th-century cathedral – while in Lecce, you’ll admire the baroque palaces of a city that’s often claimed to be the Florence of the South.
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