The Italian Autumn: What to Expect

Leaves crackling underfoot. Wood smoke wafting on the air. Squashes and apples. Chestnut roasting. There’s a cozy feeling to Autumn, isn’t there? And these are just a few of the things you can expect to find in an Italian autumn. But best of all is the grape harvest and olive picking, two of Italy’s most special Autumn events!

But did you know that you can actually join in on the vendemmia or grape harvest and even the olive harvest! Various groups and agriturismi open their doors during these times, giving guests a chance to participate in a bit of real everyday Italian life.

Autumn Delights

So what other things can you find in an Italian autunno? Well, we have plenty of food festivals all over the nation. (Italians will always jump at the chance to celebrate food!)

But a lot of other homey, everyday things will make your stay special too. So keep a sharp eye out for these other Autumnal Delights too!

CIBI AUTUNNALIAUTUMN FOODS
CastagneChestnuts
Mele e pereApples and pears
ZucchePumpkins or squash
NociNuts
CachiPersimmons
AranceOranges
TartufiTruffles
Funghi selvaticiWild mushrooms
ATTIVITA AUTUNNALIAUTUMN ACTIVITIES
Rastrellamento delle foglieLeaf raking
CalcioSoccer or football
VendemmiaGrape harvest
Raccolto delle oliveOlive harvest
Fare passeggiateTake walks
Accensione del camminoLighting of the fireplace
BELLEZZE AUTUNNALIAUTUMN BEAUTIES
Alberi coloratiColorful trees
Foglie in cadutaFalling leaves
Aria fresca e frizzanteCool crisp air
GhiandeAcorns
SpaventapasseriScarecrows
OmbrelliUmbrellas

Things you won’t find:

What things will you probably not find in an Italian Autumn? Well, you can keep your eyes peeled, but things like these are rare finds over here.

ScoiattoliSquirrels
Festa del RingraziamentoThanksgiving Day
CornucopieCornucopias
Giri nel carrelloHayrides
Sidro di meleApple cider

Which things would you like to do or find?

Images: Trees in our foggy backyard and fruit basket are my own. | Pumpkin graphic made on Canva.

Published by Signora Sheila

I am a wife, mom, nonna, blogger, and missionary in Italy. But really, I'm just an ordinary woman on a journey, trying to slow down enough to hear the still small voice of God and live for all that is truly important in this world.

6 thoughts on “The Italian Autumn: What to Expect

  1. i shouldn’t be surprised, but I am, that America shares many sights and flavors of autumn with Italy. Quite a few of us here in the USA name fall as our favorite season. Do many Italians also love fall?

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    1. I know! I was actually pretty surprised to at the similarities at first. Yet, it stands to reason seeing as how they are both in the temperate zones. But no, I think that pretty much hands down Summer is the favorite season here. They are as a whole a beach and sea loving people. And most workers get the entire month of August off work – and that’s hard to beat! As for me, Spring and Fall battle for first place with me. As far as the other two – I wouldn’t miss them if they never came again, lol|

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  2. No squirrels or apple cider, and yet SO much still in common. It really is a small world. 🙂 We have apple trees, so we do a lot of apple crisps and dried apples. My children enjoy apple cider with cinnamon sticks and cloves. We have many fall birthdays in our family so we have lots of celebrating, and the colors are beautiful. God bless you today, Shiea! Good to read your post!

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    1. Apples are plentiful here, but we do miss cider! We don’t get the beautiful colors you see in many parts of the States, which I kind of miss sometimes. But if I were there, I would miss the grape and olive harvests, so there you go!! 🙂

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    1. Yes, it does seem funny Wally. But we do have squirrels, they’re just somewhat rare, and usually black. I don’t know, maybe they all got eaten up during the war or something. Which by the way, is good meat. My dad and uncles were all hunters. And pan squirrel with morrell mushrooms, so yummy! It has a sort of nutty flavor! One year whene were camping and hiking up in Italy’s Alps, we took an enclosed cableway up to a glacier. All of a sudden a lady started yelling excitedly, “A squirrel, a squirrel!” Perhaps she’d never seen one before! While, as you say, the states is overrun. My dad constantly battles to keep them out of his bird feeders, lol!

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