Don't think of Italy as only a summer destination. There are plenty of things to do and to see during the Italian spring, fall, and even winter. This series of articles provides ideas for your Italian vacation, describing regional spectacles, tourist attractions, and special events, at any time of year. Off-season Italian holidays have several advantages: You won't fight the crowds, hotels and other accommodations are easier and cheaper to find. Whatever time of year you go, every region has its own special festivals. Plan your Italian holidays now. Keep reading.
San Cesarea Terme Apulia, Islamic architecture in Italy.
So you are thinking of visiting southern Italy in November, but you’re not sure what to see and what to do. Don’t worry; you’ll find lots and lots of special events that simply aren’t available in the good old summertime. Here are a few of them. Get rolling; November is almost upon us. By the way, if you’re lucky the weather will be fairly mild and you’ll enjoy touring more than in the heat of the summer. But you won’t want to sit in your shirtsleeves in a café sipping a local wine. That pleasure will have to wait for the other seasons.
Sardinia's Costa Rei, bring your wallet.
San Cesarea Terme, Apulia is a seaside town on the rocky coast of the Ionian Sea. It boasts unique Islamic architecture and every November holds a Historical Regatta. Terme means spa, and this is spa country. What do you want to bet there are relatively few people enjoying the spas in November?
Sardinia east of the Italian mainland celebrates November 1, the Day of the Dead. In the town of Nuoro many families prepare a feast and set a place at the table for departed loved ones. They cook lots of extra food and share the meal with less fortunate neighbors. Then people join the holy procession to the Madonna delle Grazie sanctuary, where village from neighboring villages sing hymns. The village of Desulo holds a ‘Mountain Products Agricultural Fair’ with handicraft and painting exhibitions during the first week of November.
Sicily celebrates All Saints’ Day on November 1 followed by All Souls’ Day also known as the Feast of the Dead. Families visit the cemeteries and eat special cookies known as “Bones of the Dead.” And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine local wines.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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November events, spectacles, and tourist attractions in southern Italy