I adore Italy in fall. The weather's crisp, the produce beautiful (don't you love it when apples and eggplant and truffles are in season?), and the tourist crowds have started to dissipate. It's also the only time when somehow, inexplicably, I sometimes get a whiff of that countryside woodsmoke-smell—the kind that makes me want to bundle up and go for a hayride—in the center of Rome.
Being a New England girl, though, as much as I love Italy in autumn, there's something I really miss about the U.S. this time of year: the fall colors. My mother just sent me photos of our Connecticut home surrounded by golden leaves, and I felt so sad to be missing yet another New England autumn.
And then I thought, Wait a second. Italy in autumn not only has a lot going for it—it has fall colors, too.* And I have the pictures to prove it!
Here are a few of my favorite photographs of—and places for—fall color in Italy. Happy autumn, everyone! (And don't miss my post on five things I love about the fall in Rome!).
*Don't worry, Mom: New England still wins the autumn contest... at least until Italy starts importing cider doughnuts and hay rides!