Are you going to spend your October holidays in Italy? Then you have made a very wise decision. Italy is known to be a fascinating place even in the fall season. The weather will not disturb you in the northern part of Italy and if you choose the southern side, it will be quite warm.
If you are uncertain where to go in Italy, some of the best destinations for the fall are Tuscany, where you can enjoy the magic of Florence, Pisa, and explore the amazing countryside, Lombardy and Puglia. Read more about destinations that will make the most of your vocation in the fall season.
Why Italy in October?
October is gentle in Italy, temperatures are not low, and not too high. It makes a perfect month to spend some days in Italy. Not to mention that you will find yourself way more comfortable than in the summer months. The crowds are no longer there and you will have more space for you and it will be easier to explore the markets, museums, and the main sights. Oh, I almost forgot October is a great month for you if you are a food lover!
Right before planning what to wear, you may want to know about how the weather usually goes in October. It is important when traveling to make the best of memories. Keep in mind to choose the best clothes in your closet and shoot some good photos in front of famous cathedrals, castles, museums, and breathtaking sights. Of course, you can take a look at the weather just before flying to Italy, but if it is not in your custom to pick up clothes at the last minute, then you may want to check the average temperature in Italy.
- Northern Italy: 45-65°F (7-18°C)
- Central Italy: 55-70°F (13-21°C)
- Southern Italy: 65-75°F (18-24°C)
If you’re on a tight budget, that can help you save quite a bit on airfare, accommodation, and even sometimes activities like walking tours. Attractions don’t typically have off-season prices, though. If you have some time for the research, you can find cheap airfare to Italy during this time and also reduced prices on many hotels. Don’t be surprised if you find the hotel costs around 50% less than in the high tourist season. You are going to save some money and use them for something else instead!
Enjoy the Holidays
There are various food festivals organized all around Italy: White Truffle Festival in Alba and Perugia’s EuroChocolate are the most famous. If you are not a food addict, still there are other things to enjoy, The Venice Marathon is something you would not want to miss and Feast day for Saint Saturnino in Cagliari. Do not forget the Halloween, Italians do know how to celebrate Halloween!
Rome Film Festival
The traditional Rome film festival takes place in October and if you are a movie-lover, this may be the perfect event to enjoy. Guests will have access to famous actors, directors, and international premiers. Don’t be surprised if you see some familiar faces in Rome in this period of town, many actors choose to come to the Rome Film Festival.
White Truffle Festival
This festival takes place in Alba throughout the month of October. This is probably one of the most important festivals in Italy and it’s all about the white truffle. This special king of tasty mushroom is among the rarest mushrooms in the world. Alba is for sure one of the places to get these mushrooms, and people come from all over the world to taste the white truffle and witness the festival. The festival gathers professional truffle hunters, top chefs whipping up creative dishes using the truffles as main ingredients. Except for mushrooms, here you will also find wine tastings, art shows, costumes, live music, and a hot air balloon show.
Enzo Ferrari Memorial Marathon in Maranello
This race runs from Maranello to Capri and it happens every year in October. The marathon features talented athletes (male and female) and visitors are welcomed to watch from the sidelines. This marathon is commonly frequented by locals but if you happen to be in the area, you shouldn’t miss it. There will be food, drink, and a great adventure.
For the Italians, Halloween is also All Saints Eve. The largest Halloween celebration in the country takes place on the Devil’s Bridge in Borgo a Mozzano. This is where you will find haunted houses, interactive games, screenings of horror movies, and plenty of candy. If you want something scarier then you must go to the town of Corinaldo, which claims to be the ‘Capital of Halloween.’
If you are visiting Venice in October you will probably see the yearly marathon that happens here. International athletes join with the local ones in this marathon. The race goes through some of the most popular sites in Venice. If you are a fan, you will enjoy it!
Some Tips For Your Journey in October
- Temperatures usually are not hot, but if you are traveling south, you may want to pack a bathing suit.
- Considering that flight prices are usually discounted during October, you may want to explore various regions of Italy. It can be very affordable to travel from city to city by air.
- Since the weather can take turns, prepare yourself and pack layers. You can get a heavy sweater, shorts, a rain jacket, jeans, a t-shirt, sunglasses, umbrella, and water-resist shoes.
- Try to make time and visit some of the harvest festivals, especially Alba’s White Truffle Festival. Not many tourists have the chance to taste local specialties.
- Consider booking the hotels early if you plan to stay in the cities where the harvest festivals take place as these events are quite popular and accommodations book up fast.
- give yourself some time to compare the prices of flights, hotels, and activities. October is a great time for deals and you can find even more affordable options that you have first seen. It can save you cash and you can use it to buy souvenirs or food.
- You will probably get a few extra pounds during your Italian vacation. Don’t worry! October is the prime time to taste the produce, enjoy restaurant specials, and eat your way around the markets.