With the leaves of the tree-lined boulevards turning a golden orange and the rolling country scenery changing from vibrant green to hues of gold, Fall is a wonderful time to visit Italy. During the season, you can also enjoy a quieter and more reflective atmosphere as the summer tourist season draws to a close, meaning you can appreciate the glorious attractions while not compromising on fine weather.
If you’re thinking about a Fall vacation to Italy or a multi-city tour but are unsure of where to visit, here is our guide to the best places to visit in Italy in the Fall.
With its vibrant art scene and glorious country scenery, Florence takes the top spot on our list of Fall destinations in Italy. Not only can you enjoy a mild climate and peaceful atmosphere, but the art scene in Florence really comes into its own in the Fall. Among the many exhibitions that you can enjoy in Fall 2017 are “The Cinquecento in Florence” at Palazzo Strozzi, which celebrates over 70 works of art by famous masters, such as Michelangelo, and “Lloyd: Tuscan Landscapes of the 20th Century” at Villa Bardini, with 62 pieces by this iconic Florentine painter.
Florence also serves as the perfect base from which to discover other gems in Tuscany, such as Lucca and Siena, and you can also easily visit the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa on a day trip from Florence. As a treat, we also recommend enjoying a wine-tasting tour of the Chianti region on your Fall vacation in Italy as the countryside and vineyards look simply delightful.
No vacation to Italy in the Fall would be complete without a visit to the Eternal City of Rome. Here, you can benefit from the early sunsets and visit the Colosseum as the sun moves behind this iconic amphitheater, creating a magical and romantic vista for you to enjoy. In fact, Fall 2017 is the perfect time to visit the Colosseum in Rome as it was recently announced that two of the upper tiers of the arena will open in November 2017, giving visitors a unique view of the Colosseum and across Rome.
There are also plenty of classic attractions to enjoy in the city center, which are particularly pretty in the Fall, such as the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, and there is also a wealth of art exhibitions and festivals to enjoy. For example, if you love chocolate, then don’t miss a day out at the Chocolate Museum Factory, which is a pop-up event in central Rome dedicated to chocolate, with demonstrations and tastings available.
We believe that any time is the perfect time to visit the glorious Floating City of Venice, but there is something particularly magical about Venice in the Fall – the Grand Canal somehow looks even more beautiful and, as the sun sparkles through the columns of the Doge’s Palace, you will surely feel a warm glow as the magic of this unique city washes over you.
The climate is still wonderfully mild, meaning you can enjoy moderate temperatures that are perfect for exploring in comfort. We recommend seeing the St Mark’s area, including the Golden Basilica, and Rialto Bridge, but also don’t miss exploring the heart of Venetian life and culture with a visit to the other islands in the Venetian Lagoon, such as Murano, Burano and Torcello, where you can find out more about Venetian crafts, such as lace-making and glass-blowing.
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