Postcards from Italy

Three Great Fall Destinations in Italy

Though most travelers take their big trips during the summer months, by far the best season to visit Italy is after the high season heat and crowds have peaked, pushing your dates into the autumn months from late September through October.

Though the weather can be slightly unpredictable the closer you get to November, overall you’ll still find balmy temperatures, long hours of daylight, and delightfully crisp evenings during most of the season, perfect for both city and country touring. In addition, as the summer season draws to a close and the academic year begins, the tourist crowds thin dramatically and hot spots like Florence and Venice become a bit less claustrophobic, especially toward the end of October.

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Destinations that have a very distinct high season (the Amalfi Coast and the Salento peninsula in Puglia, for example) offer more advantageous rates for hotels and other services like private boat tours once October begins, and you have the added benefit of crisp days for stunning photo ops...without the hordes of tourists ruining your shot.

Finally, fall in Italy is paradise for gourmands, with the vendemmia (grape harvest) happening in wine countries from the Alpine foothill to the southern islands, and food festivals galore.

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If all of this sounds appealing, then start planning now for your fall trip to Italy. There are countless destinations that are perfect for a fall trip, but here are three of our favorites to consider for an autumn jaunt to the Bel Paese.

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The Hip Hideout of Andermatt

Home to glorious Alpine vistas, four famous mountain passes, 85 ski runs, a golf course, over 300 miles of hiking and biking trails, and one of Switzerland’s premier 5-star hotels, Andermatt is the Swiss hot spot you may not know you were missing.

This idyllic village in the Ursern Valley not far from the Swiss/Italian border has long been considered the crossroads of Switzerland, linking north-south passes with east-west passes and traversed by four rivers. Today, this picturesque Alpine village is at the center of attention for more than just its location, as it has become a luxury destination for those in the know who want to avoid the crowds of more famous mountain resorts.

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If you’re looking for a chic Alpine bolthole that has unforgettable scenery and world-class cuisine, Andermatt and the surrounding area may be the perfect fit.

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