Postcards from Italy

Four Foodie Fall Trips in Italy

Summer is coming to a close even in the warm Mediterranean climes of Italy, and soon the first crisp autumn days will arrive, and with them the abundance of Italy’s fall fare. The final months of the year are perhaps the best time to visit for gourmands and wine aficionados, as the harvest season brings a wide variety of some of Italy's best seasonal produce, fattened meat, new wine, and freshly pressed olive oil...and the cooler weather means a more hearty appetite!

Octopus(Photo by Concierge in Umbria via Flickr)

If you're pondering a trip this autumn, consider a culinary journey through one of the Bel Paese's many food- and wine-centric regions so you can combine culturally rich towns and cities, spectacular landscapes, and unforgettable autumn specialties. Planning trips around Italy's fascinating food culture and wine production is one of our specialties; in honor of Condé Nast Traveler's 25th Anniversary issue, we were asked to design a dream trip to include in their World on Sale promotion, and our "Italy for Foodies: 10 Night Culinary Adventure of Umbria, Sorrento and Rome" was included in the September 2012 issue.

Based on our long experience creating food and wine itineraries, here are what we think are some of the best fall foodie destinations:

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Travel Tips for Switzerland

The month of August begins with National Swiss Day, when the normally reserved citizens of this beautiful Alpine country celebrate with light shows, fireworks, and a bun marked with the Swiss cross called August-Weggen. The people of Switzerland may be understated, but the country's landscape is among Europe's most spectacular, with soaring peaks, crystalline lakes, and lush forests forming an alluringly picturesque backdrop to the country's pristine villages and vibrant cities.

lugano-cr-ciutravel(Photo by CIU Travel via Flickr)

If you are planning to discover the charms of Switzerland for the first time, there are a few tips that will help you enjoy the best of the country with confidence, from pretty Aarberg to cosmopolitan Zurich.

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