Autumn has arrived and with it the spectacle of foliage. The woods are colored yellow and red, each landscape is transformed into a palette of colors, nature becomes even more magical. October and November are the ideal months to admire this phenomenon, whereby the green of meadows and trees gives way to the warm tones of the season. In Italy there are several parks and valleys where you can admire the foliage: below you will find 10 of the best destinations for an eco-friendly weekend in fall.

The foliage in the Casentinesi Forests

The foliage in the Casentinesi Forests
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In autumn, the National Park of the Casentinesi Forests, Monte Falterona and Campigna becomes an incredible kaleidoscope of colors. Exploring the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines through its network of over 600 km of trails means experiencing this incredible season to the fullest, discovering its every nuance and scent.

At the edge of the park you will find La Fattoria dell’Autosufficienza, an organic farm born from an idea of ​​Macrolibrarsi, a company that operates mainly in the world of culture and wellness, and that allows you to discover a new way of life.

In Calabria, in the Sila Park

In Calabria, in the Sila Park
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Even the Sila National Park offers the wonderful show of the foliage. Leaving for an hike trail in the Alta Valle del Tacina, the largest in Southern Italy, we pass small rivers, lakes, breathtaking panoramic views, admiring the many colored beeches.

Casello Margherita is the first mountain refuge of the Sila National Park, and one of the very few in Calabria. The house of the early ‘900 renovated according to the principles of green building, completely immersed in the woods, is the perfect starting point for trails and slow itineraries in search of the colors of autumn, but also mushrooms and chestnuts.

Picentini Mountains

Picentini Mountains: fall-foliage in Italy
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We stay in South Italy to discover the landscapes that the Picentini Mountains give us. From bright yellow to orange, from red to brown, in this area of ​​Campania the phenomenon of foliage is truly incredible. Among beech and chestnut trees, between oaks and maples, autumn reveals all its beauty, giving truly striking views.

Terra di Vento, an organic farm in the heart of the Picentini Mountains Park, between the beautiful Gulf and the gentle hills of Salerno, offers comfortable apartments and numerous excellent products, from oil to wine.

Admiring the foliage in Puglia

Admiring the foliage in Puglia
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The Umbra Forest, inside the Gargano Park, is a territory of rare beauty that becomes even more evocative in these autumn months. Here you will find ancient trees like those of the ancient beech woods, which have become UNESCO natural heritage.

Cala Molinella is the ideal starting point to discover the Umbra Forest and the entire Gargano Park. The eco-sustainable village provides apartments and mobile homes, along with an educational vegetable garden.

Between the Langhe

Foliage in Piedmont

Autumn is the ideal time to visit Asti’s Langa. The silence of nature, the change of color of the leaves, the nature that begins to rest, the scent of the grapes, scenic roads and paths to follow on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback: there’s everything you need for an unforgettable holiday.

The organic farm Cascina Rosso in Roccaverano during the autumn months of September, October, November and December offers the option to receive, free of charge, 1 Reiki treatment or 1 EFT Tapping session or English lesson with mother tongue teacher for 1 guest per stay of 3 or more nights.

In Gran Paradiso Park

In Gran Paradiso Park

Even the oldest national park on the peninsula is a perfect destination to discover all the magic of foliage. In particular in Cogne Valley, the countless hectares of woods give an explosion of color. You can move on foot or by bike, but also relax in the shade of the trees, admiring this incredible spectacle of nature.

At 2,526 meters above sea level there’s the Rifugio Sogno di Berdzè, an authentic mountain retreat offering comfortable rooms and a healthy cuisine.

Among the hills of Monferrato

Among the hills of Monferrato

The vineyards, the hazels and the woods of the Monferrato are in every season a truly incredible place, but it is only in autumn that they become a real natural spectacle, thanks to the colors ranging from yellow to red.

The eco-sustainable B&B RossoMonferrato is located in the heart of Monferrato and is the ideal place to taste a glass of good wine and discover enchanted places.

Foliage in South Tyrol, among the peaks of the Odle

Foliage in South Tyrol, among the peaks of the Odle

Val di Funes, its marvelous mountains and the Puez-Odle Nature Park are a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site and certainly a perfect place for a fall holiday. The many itineraries of the valley will accompany you to the discovery of meadows, woods and huts giving you endless glimpses to photograph.

The Peterwieshof farm is located in a quiet and sunny position and guarantees its guests absolute rest in a truly spectacular setting.

Among the Sibillini Mountains

Among the Sibillini Mountains
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The National Park of the Sibillini Mountains offers at this time of year an environment of a thousand shades of yellow and red with unique sceneries made of amazing gorges, limpid rivers and impervious peaks.

Not far from Sibillini Mountains, but a stone’s throw from the Marche sea, there is a beautiful ecofriendly accommodation. Acanto Country House is made from an old white stone farmhouse set on a hill kissed by the sun and offers an elegant, yet welcoming environment.

The colors of Val di Non

The colors of Val di Non
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The clear waters of Lake Tovel create a perfect contrast with the colors of autumn, but this is just a small example of what Val di Non, in Trentino, offers during this season.

In the heart of the Dolomites you can stay in a romantic chalet, inside the Pineta Natural Chalet.

 

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