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Favorite thing: With the geographic location of Italy and the rich variety of landscapes there is almost no limitation for best of worst time to travel. Though there is one exception and this is Ferragosto, when it is almost impossible to get a bed on short notice, especially at seaside towns. This is the time when many Italians take their whole days of holiday and are gone mostly at the beach or in the cooler parts of the mountain regions. Consequently, many administration offices are closed and many family run businesses like hotels, pensions, restaurants, as well. But then it is a good time to visit the bigger cities because it might mean less people, albeit more foreign tourists.
Anyone who wants to visit the “real” Italy or the “real” regions should come in May or October. First of all these are considered mostly low season, consequently the prices might be lower than in high season. Cities and villages are not jammed with tourists yet (except the hot spots like Venezia, Roma, Napoli) and it is the time of spring festivals like Calendimaggio (poems and songs sung at May 1, the most famous is in Assisi), the flower festivals Infiorata, when either flower parades are being held or flower carpets are being laid on the streets at Corpus Christi. I found a beautiful video on youtube showing Infiorita in Spello, Umbria as an example. Website GoItaly lists more of these flower festivals. May and June are the months when not only the flowerpots in the cities and villages are blooming but also when all the wildflowers in the mountain regions explode in colour.
Another special time to travel in Italy is October, when all the food festivals take place throughout the regions in the north and middle of the country. It is the time of grape and olive harvest, the time when truffles are being found in the forests, when chestnuts fall from the trees – in a nutshell when Italy shows the delicious produces and what is being made of them. October is also the time when the (stone) cities and villages are covered with “gold” in the afternoon light. I was in Gubbio in October 2009 and swear by god that it is the only city which deserves to be called the Golden City.
© Ingrid D. (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)
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