15 photos that will get you excited about autumn in Italy

15 photos that will get you excited about autumn in Italy
Playing in the park on a sunny autumn day in Milan. Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP
Autumn might be slower to come to Italy than to cooler climes, but when it does get here it's beautiful.

There are plenty of reasons to visit Italy once the summer's done, whether it's the break in the crowds, the more manageable temperatures, the delicious food and wine coming into season, or the cultural calendar filling up.

READ MORE: Seven reasons autumn is the best time to visit Italy

But there's an even simpler case to be made for spending autumn in Italy: it's just gorgeous. Here are the pictures to prove it.

The mountains of Lombardy and South Tyrol aren't yet entirely covered in snow: now's the time to explore them on foot.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Diego Ghidini (@diegoghidini) on Oct 21, 2018 at 9:56am PDT

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Veronique Yang (@golden_heart) on Oct 20, 2018 at 5:34am PDT

It's the perfect season to go scavenging in Sardinia… 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Alice Se©©hi (@alice__s) on Oct 21, 2018 at 4:55am PDT

… or picking in Piedmont.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by @fedinapoulain on Oct 22, 2018 at 12:50am PDT

Friuli-Venezia Giulia has some stunning autumn scenery.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by ? Angelica (@ilovephoto_g) on Oct 22, 2018 at 2:00am PDT

And in Tuscany the light is starting to match those famous red bricks and tiles. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by PaOlo FeRruZZi (@paolo_ferruzzi) on Oct 4, 2018 at 1:34pm PDT

All over Italy grapes are waiting to be harvested (and wine to be drunk), from Lazio

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Roberto Vettese (@ro_tte) on Oct 22, 2018 at 2:08am PDT

… to Trentino

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Alessandro Gottardi (@ale__go) on Oct 20, 2018 at 11:10pm PDT

… to Emilia-Romagna.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Mara Magnani (@mara_magnani) on Oct 22, 2018 at 2:05am PDT

Venture into the villages of Abruzzo for some autumn views all to yourself.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Elisa Di Paolo (@eli_dipaolo) on Oct 21, 2018 at 9:31am PDT

And Italy's parks and gardens are beautiful when the leaves start to turn, like the Royal Palace of Caserta

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Francesco Lo Porto (@francescolp4) on Oct 11, 2018 at 5:55am PDT

… or the Villa Borghese in Rome.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by ?? (@creativitier) on Oct 18, 2018 at 12:46pm PDT

We're excited about misty mornings in Le Marche.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Stefania (@la.stefy__) on Oct 9, 2018 at 4:20am PDT

Meanwhile in Sicily it's still warm enough to eat outdoors. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Maurizio (@maurizioformati_ph) on Oct 21, 2018 at 9:37am PDT

And with sunsets like these in Umbria, we're ready for autumn to continue a while yet.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

 
 

A post shared by Simonetta Rossi (@simonetta.rossi) on Oct 21, 2018 at 10:11am PDT

READ ALSO: Eight of the best destinations for an autumn break in Italy

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