In nature, every season has something special, but autumn gives us something truly unique: a riot of color, which transforms the woods in beautiful paintings. It is the foliage, so you call the phenomenon by which the leaves turn red, yellow and orange, and is definitely one of the reasons why the fall season is worth living fully.
And if the foliage of Canada and New England is famous all over the world, there are small natural paradises in Italy where you can admire the beautiful colors of nature in the months of October and November.
So, we go to discover the most beautiful parks and gardens where you can admire the amazing colors of the fall foliage.

Sissi Gardens, South Tyrol

Foliage in The gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle, South Tyrol

Right in the heart of the city of Merano you can take the Sissi Path that in 45-minute walk take you to incredible gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle: an area of ​​12 hectares as variegated and charming, where  80 botanical environments meet, and where plants that arrive all over the world thrive. And in the fall the show is even more amazing, the leaves of the beech trees are tinged with red, the tops of the redwoods seem to light up, the maples of Canada are transformed: the magic of the foliage is served.

InfoThe gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle

Where to stay: not far from Merano there is the beautiful Hotel Pergola, which combines respect for nature to luxury. Here, waiting for, there will be breathtaking scenery, biological food and a spa.

The foliage in the Langhe, Piedmont

The foliage in the Langhe, Piedmont
Photo by Andrea Demagistris via Flickr

It’s hard to resist the charm of the foliage in the hills of the Langhe. The autumn colors along the vineyards, the towers, castles, and villages draw indescribable landscapes that you shouldn’t miss. How about a glass of the finest wines in the world surrounded by breathtaking nature?

Where to stay: in one of the oldest villages of the Langhe-Roero, dominated by the suggestive Monticello castle, is Rocche di Montexelo. The eco-friendly hotel, certified green key, is the perfect place to relax in the spa  (with whirlpool, emotional shower, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, and chromotherapy) and enjoy the excellent wines and local cheeses.

Sila National Park, Calabria

Foliage in Sila National Park, Calabria

If you thought that the foliage was a sight reserved for the North Italy, you were wrong! The phenomenon occurs in all its glory even in the heart of Calabria, in the beautiful Sila National Park. There are many opportunities for trekking in the nuances that nature offers in these months.

InfoSila National Park

Where to stay: between forests and peaks, there is the first mountain refuge of the Sila National Park. A beautiful red house offering 4 bedrooms and a genuine and local cuisine.

Sigurtà Park, Veneto

Foliage in Italy
Photo by Jürgen Mangelsdorf via Flickr

A few kilometers from Lake Garda, in the charming village of Valeggio sul Mincio, 600 thousand square meters of pristine nature are waiting for you. An explosion of colors that includes monuments and water gardens. Do not miss the Great Oak, a major attraction of the park, that with its four centuries of age is the oldest plant in the garden.

InfoSigurtà Park

Where to stay: the Farm Monte Vento invites you to spend regenerating days in the outdoors, in the hills where the fine Custom wine comes to life.

Regional Park of Corno alle Scale, Emilia Romagna

Foliage in the Regional Park of Corno alle Scale

And finally, we move to the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. Among the various areas that are worth a visit to admire the foliage, we chose the beautiful Park of Corno alle Scale that annually organizes guided walks to admire the best fall colors.

InfoRegional Park of Corno alle Scale

Where to stay: your home in the Park of Corno alle Scale is the Residence Villa Fedora, a place that offers the opportunity of a memorable vacation, in pristine nature.

Author: Chiara Marras

I'm Chiara, I strongly believe in the web as a point of exchange and dissemination and I think that one of the most urgent issues at the moment is eco-sustainability. So why not rediscover the journey as a union with nature and local culture?
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