Tuscany sure is a truly unique and special place to visit, offering many many landscapes and views that recall the true essence of Italy in the eyes of the tourist like few other regions of the “Bel Paese”.
But it is certainly not just for the history and the pleasure offered to the eyes that tens and hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to Tuscany every year. As we well know, food and wine tradition is often at the center of every travel itinerary, and autumn may be the best moment for the perfect holiday.
We could not start this article without mentioning our wonderful hills and cellars. The autumnal hues of the forests, vineyards, and fields reach their peak splendor between mid-October and early November and on. During this period, the bright reds, rich browns, and warm yellows are especially vibrant, creating magnificent scenery throughout the Tuscan countryside. Whether you're exploring the Chianti vineyards, the woodlands of the Apennines (where all events in the Forest Park Casentinesi are held), the Amiata hills, or the Val d'Orcia, every journey along Tuscan roads becomes an immersive experience in the palette of autumn colors. It's needless to say that photography enthusiasts will be able to capture unforgettable moments.
As we just mentioned, one of the most stunning Tuscan areas during autumn (and all year long) is Chianti, our beloved home. Renowned worldwide, this region's harmonious hills, farmhouses, villages, and castles are picturesque throughout the year, but autumn adds an extra touch of charm. Wine, the primary product of this part of Tuscany, is safely maturing in the vats, and numerous festivals celebrate grapes, new wine, and seasonal delicacies during this season.
Our suggestion for your autumn visit is Rosso di Montepulciano D.O.C. 2020: This wine is produced in the region of Montepulciano, a historic municipality located in Siena, at an altitude of around 250 meters above sea level. It's made primarily from Sangiovese grapes, also known as Prugnolo Gentile, along with Canaiolo and other authorized varieties. The winemaking process involves macerating the grape skins in the must for 10 to 12 days, with fermentation taking place at a controlled low temperature between 25-30°C. After completing the malolactic fermentation, the wine is bottled in late spring. It boasts a brilliant ruby red color and offers an intense aroma with notes of strawberries and cherries. The flavor profile is fruity, young, fresh, and slightly tannic. The wine is best enjoyed at a serving temperature of 17-19°C.
Especially during autumn, you can discover seasonal products that would otherwise be unavailable. During this time of the year, truffles take the center stage in local cuisine.
November is when festivals and markets exclusively dedicated to white truffles come to life. And then there's olive oil, a key feature of an event in Montemurlo, in the province of Prato. If November belongs to truffles, October is the month when chestnuts start to appear. In short, autumn in Tuscany is all about culinary delights. It's only natural, considering that chestnuts have been a dietary staple for mountain communities for centuries. If you choose to visit the Casentinesi forests, you'll have the chance to savor some of the finest chestnuts in Tuscany, and you can do the same in Monte Amiata or Garfagnana.
Tuscany in autumn also stands out as one of the most relaxing regions in Italy, thanks in part to its renowned spas. These thermal retreats are a compelling reason to visit during this season, as there's something truly priceless about surrendering to the sensations of the hot springs in the chilly weather. There are numerous options to choose from, starting with the San Giovanni spa in Rapolano, and then exploring the thermal waters of Chianciano. Not to mention other excellent alternatives like Querciolaia and Venturina.
Whether you want to relax or enjoy the best seasonal delicacies, visiting Tuscany in Autumn sure is a great idea. We hope to welcome you very soon!