15 Photos That Prove Italy is Stunning in Fall

Good Morning Tuscany©Thomas Fabian:Flickr
Good Morning Tuscany©Thomas Fabian:Flickr
Photo of Gillian McGuire
27 September 2017

John Keats, the 18th-century Romantic poet who lived for a much too brief time in Rome said Autumn in Italy is a ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’. Scroll through these 15 pictures that prove Italy is stunning in fall and enjoy your own poetic journey.

When in Rome | ©Bert Kaufmann:Flickr

When September comes in Rome, the summer crowds have thinned out and museums launch new exhibits.

Yes, the sky really is that color on a sunny day in September.

Hidden Visitor | ©Dan Cook/Flickr

In late autumn, the afternoon light in Florence furnishes everything in a golden glow.

Good Morning Tuscany | ©Thomas Fabian:Flickr

Once the summer heat breaks, the vines turn golden and grapes are ready to be picked and made into wine. If you are lucky, you will get a foggy morning before the warm autumn sun burns it away.

Wine barrels | ©Christian Haugen:Flickr

Late September and early October are the time for the wine harvest. After a day spent picking grapes, there is usually a long lunch in the sunshine.

Gelato in Florence, Italy | ©Derek Key:Flickr

Every season is gelato season, right? Look for seasonal flavors like sweet chestnut paste and persimmon.

Spend a day hunting for fragrant treasures in the forests of Tuscany, Molise and Umbria. The best part is you get to eat your prize truffles for lunch.

Venice Fog - Gilllian Longworth McGuire | Venice Fog - Gilllian Longworth McGuire

The fog makes the canals and narrow alleys of Venice even more atmospheric and mysterious. It is the perfect time to take a gondola ride.

Basilica San Marco | ©Pedro Szekely:Flickr

When the sun comes out after a rain shower, Piazza San Marco in Venice turns into a gorgeous reflective mirror. You may even get lucky and get to see aqua alta, when there is a high tide and parts of Venice flood for a short time.

Harvest time for our new oil in Tuscany @villamediceadililliano #malenchinioil2016 (picture by @tuscanybuzz)

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All over Italy from mid-November is the time for the olive harvest. Visit an estate that produces their own and you can taste the sharp, green new oil straight from the press.

San Gimignano | ©Thomas Fabian:Flickr

Even a rainy day is beautiful in the Tuscan countryside. The olive trees turn silvery and the ochre of the buildings seems to glow with a soft gray sky.

la strada | ©Paolo Fefe’:Flickr

Leaf peeping is not really a thing in Italy. Take a road trip to Abruzzo if you would like to see some fall foliage. The leaves on the trees here turn rich orange and brown and you will likely spot snow on the mountaintops.

#autunno#colori #zucca#istagtam

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The Campo di Fiori market in Rome sells seasonal produce from the Lazio countryside. In autumn look for squash, mushrooms and artichokes.

Abruzzo | ©RobertJ:Flickr

From Tuscany to the furthest southern point in Puglia, beach season lasts well into October.

Summer lingers the further south you travel. Take the ferry over to Capri and enjoy a sunny beach day in the emerald waters in Marina Piccola.

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