told by true lovers of "MADE IN ITALY"
told by true lovers of "MADE IN ITALY"
As the month of November arrives in Italy, the vibrant colors of autumn become the protagonists, painting the landscape with a kaleidoscope of reds, yellows and oranges. It's a season of transformation and a great n opportunity to do engaging activities, typical of this time of year. In this article we will therefore explore three activities to do in November in Tuscany: we will observe the evocative foliage, the fun truffle hunt and the food and wine experiences such as wine tastings and cooking lessons!
Admire the evocative foliage
While Italy is often celebrated for its summer charm, November reveals a different side of the country, enchanting and engaging. As the days grow shorter and the air becomes crisper, the Italian countryside undergoes a radical transformation. The lush greenery of summer gives way to a uprising of warm, dusty colors as the trees shed their leaves.
For those seeking the beauty of autumn foliage, Italy offers several picturesque locations. Among these, the Tuscany region stands out. The Chianti countryside is particularly renowned for its stunning vineyards and rolling hills, which explode in vibrant red and gold colours. Exploring this area in this period is pure magic and it is possible to get lost among the winding roads admiring the vineyards, the hills and the stone farmhouses with their fireplaces lit. If you want to add a touch of exclusivity, you can rent a Ferrari in Tuscany or rely on Real Luxury for a tailor-made tour.
The Umbria region is another fantastic destination for foliage enthusiasts. With its traditional towns, deep valleys and dense forests, Umbria presents a canvas of golden leaves in November. Assisi, Gubbio, Spoleto, Todi, Perugia are just some of the splendid historic centers to visit nestled among the hills.
November marks the start of truffle season in Italy, an exquisite delicacy enjoyed for centuries. Truffles are the "diamonds of cuisine" and Italy is one of the leading truffle producers in the world. This season is therefore the perfect time to embark on a truffle hunting adventure.
The regions of Piedmont and Umbria are particularly renowned for their truffles and taking part in a truffle hunt with truffle dogs is an experience worth doing at least once in a lifetime. In fact, walking through the picturesque woods together with professional hunters and witnessing the extraordinary action of the dogs is exciting!
Once the truffles have been unearthed, it is obviously possible to taste them in various dishes cooked by the chef who manages to masterfully use this raw material in various recipes and preparations.
Wine tasting in the countryside and local cooking lessons
November is also the period in which Italian vineyards come to life. The harvest is in full swing and the cellars open their doors to visitors to experience the magic of wine production. Tuscany, with its picturesque vineyards, offers a delightful wine tasting experience. The best wineries offer guided tours and tastings of their acclaimed harvests. You can learn about the winemaking process and taste world-class wines surrounded by the beautiful autumn landscape.
Another engaging activity to do in November in Italy, perhaps during a rainy day and take part in a cooking class of local specialties. In fact, many farmhouses, hotels and cooking schools offer practical lessons on the preparation of traditional dishes and it is an exciting way to immerse yourself in the local culture!
In conclusion, Italy in November is a time of incredible beauty, whether you prefer to admire the autumn foliage, discover truffles in the woods or savor the wines and the finest cuisine. This season in fact offers the possibility of taking a unique sensorial journey through the traditions and landscape of this country.