Donít 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 October vacation, describing regional spectacles, tourist attractions, and special events, and sometimes sports. Italian fall holidays have several advantages: You wonít fight the crowds, hotels and other accommodations are easier and cheaper to find, and every region has its own fall festivals. Start organizing your Italian fall holidays now. Keep reading.
Tuscany lies on the western coast of Italy. Here summer is really summer, so if you arenít a fan of hot, hot weather you may prefer an October vacation. But donít be surprised if the nights are chilly, especially in the hills. Start your Tuscany vacation in the capital of Firenze (Florence). Its International Antique Exhibition is worthy of this fabulous city. This event takes place in the Arno riverfront Palazzo Corsini from the last weekend in September through the second weekend in October. That first Sunday you might want to stop by Arezzo, a provincial capital of 100 thousand that has been called The City of Gold. Its monthly antique show is said to be Italyís largest. Sharp eyes may recognize this city from the 1997 Oscar-winning film ďLife is Beautiful.Ē
The second weekend of October (and every other month) the city of Pisa, home to about 90 thousand, hosts an Antique Market in Piazza XX Settembre. This historic city, also on the Arno River, has other sights to see.
Cortona, a city of under 25 thousand, featured in the bestselling books Under The Tuscan Sun and Bella Tuscany, presents its Festival of the Grape and Celebration of the Chestnut on or around October 18th. Needless to say, youíll want to look around the city before or after indulging in the local chestnuts and the local wine. I canít speak for Tuscan chestnuts but Tuscan wine can be top of the line. Treat yourself to a fine Super Tuscan wine whose winemakers thumbed their noses at Italyís archaic winemaking rules and came up with some real, albeit costly winners. I am not sure that I would want to enjoy these fine wines with chestnuts.
On Octoberís third Saturday in the city of Greve in Chianti, population about 13 thousand, Christie's runs an antique auction in the Castle of Uzzano. You can check out the items and the castle a few days before the sale. That weekend (and the third weekend of every month) the city of Lucca, population over 80 thousand hosts an antique market with over 200 exhibitors. Starting that weekend and running into mid-January the small town of Arcidosso, population about 4500, hosts its La Cultura della Castagna (The Culture of the Chestnut) next to a dormant volcano. Local restaurants offer chestnut pizza, chestnut polenta with pork sausage and rich chestnut pastas. The small walled hilltop town of Pitigliano, population 4000, presents the Pitigliano Film Festival the last weekend of October. In accordance with the townís nickname, little Jerusalem, all the films involve Hebraic life. Kosher food is available as are arts and crafts.
And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Tuscany or other Italian 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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October events, spectacles, and tourist attractions in Tuscany