Duomo in Florence
Florence, Italy

Autumn is one of the best times to visit Italy. The weather is pleasantly warm after the heat of summer has subsided, and the tourist crowds during the high season have dissipated as people go back to work and school in September. If you have the time to travel to Italy in the autumn, you will be able to enjoy the benefit of visiting the top destinations in the ideal conditions.

Furthermore, there are a number of places in Italy that are best for visiting in the autumn. From festivals to fashion weeks, these destinations have a lot going on in the fall.

Located in the Piedmont region of Italy, the small town of Alba is home to the annual White Truffle Festival. During October and November, Alba comes alive with its local delicacy, celebrating all things truffle in fairs, events, and markets throughout the town. It’s a great time to visit, and a good way to learn more about Piedmont’s cuisine and culinary specialties. Most visitors are Italian, too, so it’s the perfect way to experience the local culture.

Milan is best known for fashion, so what better time to visit than during Fashion Week in the fall? Women’s Fashion Week in Milan usually takes place in late September, and is a great way to experience the city’s most famous industry (and hopefully do some celeb spotting while you’re at it!).

Foodies can also head to Milan in the autumn to enjoy the Gorgonzola Festival in nearby Gorgonzola (it’s so close you can take the metro). The annual festival is dedicated to the famous cheese of the same name, and is a great place to indulge in foodie fun.

Known the world over for its rolling hills and wine production, Tuscany is a great place to visit in the autumn. Places like Chianti are home to cultural and food festivals throughout the season, and as with Alba, there is truffle hunting in Tuscany.

Furthermore, Florence is far less touristy in the autumn than in the summer, so it’s easier to find cheaper hotel rooms and good deals on flights and tours. And that’s to say nothing of the lack of crowds at the city’s top attractions.

But perhaps the most exciting thing about Tuscany in the autumn is the grape harvest for the region’s famous wines. As the leaves in the vineyards turn yellow and orange, grapes for the iconic Brunello di Montalcino and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wines are harvested. It’s a great event to witness in beautiful surroundings.