Fall Foliage in Italy


Last October I wrote a post about some fantastic locations for fall foliage walks and it turned out to be one of the most read articles on my blog. Here I want to add a few more places to enjoy the autumnal colours this year.

1. Trauttmansdorff castle gardensAlto-Adige. On 12 hectares of the gardens you will see the trees and plants from all over the world as well as the typical once for the region. On October 27 there will be an organised guided tour around the gardens but you can just wonder off alone with your photo camera to take the colourful snapshots. Don’t forget to look out for stunning dahlias, asters and camellias that are stunning. Tickets cost €11.

2. Botanical garden in Oropa, Piedmont. This natural reserve is situated at altitude of 1200 metres and offers some stunning walks in the beech woodlands. Admission price €3.50. There will be a foliage event on October 20, which will start with a local seasonal food degustation (booking is necessary) and after a two-hour guided walk the guests will be treated to tasty herbal infusions. For more information go to the Oropa botanical garden web page.


Photo by Arturo Pera/Flickr

3. The Carrega Woods Regional park, Emilia Romagna. The park is situated only a 10-minute drive from Parma but will make you feel like you are far away from any big city. Its territory used to be hunting grounds for the rulers of Parma in the 18th century. Nowadays it is a paradise for foliage lovers and birdwatchers.

4. La Majella National park, Abruzzo. I am lucky enough to live in this park and have to say that autumn is stunning here. Within the last year the paths have been clearly marked and signs erected, so it is much easier to climb up the mountain paths here to admire the riots of autumnal colours.



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