Best of Italy

Best of Italy, Autumn

Most people dream of Italian summers — warm sandy beaches, amazing style, and of course, lots of white wine. If you can’t make it to Italy for the summer months though, don’t worry because autumn is just as fabulous. If you’ve been wondering about whether or not a cooler, “off-season” Italian holiday would still be worth it — we’re here to tell you that it is! Here are five of our top recommendations for a gorgeous autumn vacation.


Tropea

Images: Conde Nast Traveller

You’ve probably seen this beautiful seaside town without even realising it — it’s one of the most pinned destinations on Pinterest. Tropea is a small town on the east side of Calabria, which definitely makes it ideal for a holiday. We recommend Villa Paola for its famed views and perfect location. To top off your stay, you’ll need the perfect, local activity. What’s more Italian than a cooking class on the mountainside? Check out In Italy Tours for the best culinary tours and local fun Calabria has to offer. Get ready to leave full and happy!


Piedmont

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Images: Villa La Madonna

Piedmont is an obvious autumn choice for the truffle lover. It’s an inland region, but boasts some of the best wines Italy has to offer, along with incredible truffles. Every year the Alba White Truffle Festival takes place in October and November — an amazing experience to have in Italy. Villa La Madonna is the ideal place to stay for its incredible history. Built in the 1600s, it was eventually transformed into a hidden and intimate boutique hotel and vineyard that feels more like staying with friends (in a really, really pretty place).


You also have to book a corner table at well known lunch spot in Piedmont, La Torricella. All the vegetables you’ll eat here are grown outside in the restaurant’s own garden. Classic Italian eating right there, yum!


Palermo

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Image: Butera28

This is the bustling capital of the island of Sicily — filled with markets, breathtaking views and loads of history. You’ve got to try the popular street food, panelle, which is a chickpea fritter — it's mouthwatering! To capture the true essence of Palermo, make sure you stay at Butera28 and check out Ferro di Cavallo for lunch (after you’re done snacking on chickpea fritters). We had the best pasta alla marinara of our lives at this restaurant, and our favourite part was, we were the only tourists there! The best places are always the local ones.


Sestri Levante

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Image: Hotel Helvetia

Just 56 km south of Genoa, Sestri Levante sits perfectly on the Mediterranean coast and is a jewel of the Liguria region, which is also known as the Italian Riviera. One of the town’s two bays, Bay of Silence, is probably another view you’ve pinned several times for your dream vacation — renowned and picturesque, so have your Instagram shot ready.

Hotel Helvetia is the best place to stay while in Sestri Levante. You’ll feel like royalty in its gorgeously designed rooms with water views that start just feet outside your window.

You also have to make sure to hike Punta Manara during your stay. At its peak, you’ll find an ancient fortress and military buildings from WWII.


Venetian Lagoon

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Images: Casa Burano

The city of Venice is overcrowded with tourists right now, so take a step off the beaten path and discover some of the lesser known, but equally as charming, islands of the lagoon. You’ll never want to go home if you stay at Casa Burano — the dreamy location is out of this world. If you really want to escape the crowds, though, retreat over the bridge to Mazzorbo. This island will truly make you feel like you’ve found Italian paradise.

Last but certainly not least, before you leave Venice, you have to travel to the very sparsely populated island of Torcello at the northern end of the lagoon. Here you’ll find Locanda Cipriani — a restaurant that has been around for more the 80 years and encapsulates both simplicity and Italian elegance.

Listing these out makes us want to book a holiday right this second! We hope that you yourself get to enjoy one (or all) of these marvelous places. Don't forget to share details of your trip with us — and enjoy!


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