One of the best seasons to visit Tuscany, autumn affords the traveler to marvel at the incredible colors nature bestows upon the already enchanting landscapes of this region.
As the heat of summer gives way to crisp air, strolls and walks become pleasant and Tuscany awaits to be discovered. Novello wine, hearty minestrone soups and roasted chestnuts all provide excuses for long lunch breaks, even al fresco, catching the last rays of the sun, before the short days of winter.
Whilst Tuscany is enchanting all year round, these three areas are incredibly beautiful during fall.
Casentino Forests National Park
During this time of the year, rusty reds and yellows, purples and maroons all tint in vivid hues these idyllic woods near the city of Arezzo. Numerous walking trails criss-cross the national park, for all levels of difficulty. Even a short stroll will lead you to otherworldly vistas.
Among the best points to visit, the top of Mount Penna, peering above the Forest of the Lama. Not too distant, the impressive Hermitage of Camaldoli, built and still inhabited by benedictine monks, can now be visited. Here, the apothecary shop is not to be missed, stocked with organic soaps and remedies.
A visit to another religious site, the striking La Verna sanctuary, can be paired with a walk in the Campigna forest surrounding it, a monumental forest of beech, maple and fir trees.
Autumn is the ideal time to visit the woods and villages of Mount Amiata, an ancient volcano. Hidden gems full of charm and history dot the Amiata. Monte Labbro or Vie Cave, excavated by the Etruscans in the tuff, the enchanting hamlet of Santa Fiora, with its pond, or Pitigliano, perched on a rock overlooking the valley. If you love chestnuts, they abound in the woods covering the slopes of Mount Amiata, so it’s the perfect spot to pick them. In this area, a meal isn’t complete if you don’t try ‘castagnaccio’, a chestnut cake.
No longer are the grapes on the vines, but the ravishing colors of fall. Swathes of rusty red envelope the hilly landscape of Chianti, making this picture-perfect area even more breathtaking. Wine lovers will relish in having the opportunity to taste the novello wine, the first of September’s harvest, while cycling enthusiasts can follow l’Eroica race.
Our tried-and-tested tour, Castle & Chianti, guides you through this area and its winemaking heritage.