Where to go on holiday in November in Italy

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There are many Italian cities and villages that come alive in November thanks to traditional festivities and events, often even uncrowded because most tourists prefer to move in the month of December, in conjunction with the Christmas period. We have selected for you the most beautiful destinations in Italy to visit in autumn suitable for all tastes, from lovers of big cities to trekking enthusiasts in the mountains to those who do not give up the sea even with low temperatures. Let's find out together where to go on holiday in November in Italy.


  1. Northern Italy
  2. Center of Italy
  3. Southern Italy and Islands
  4. User questions and comments

Northern Italy

Post COVID19 travel advice
If you are planning a trip, make sure you are in line with safety measures. Follow government guidelines and only return to travel when the green light is given. Prefer natural and perhaps non-mass destinations, and in general promote local tourism: discover the wonders of your city, your region and your state. Try to avoid long-haul travel and at most choose destinations reachable with a few hours of flight.

1 - Lombardy: Cremona, Lake Como and Valtellina

With its Romanesque monuments, Cremona is a city of great interest for architecture lovers. Climb the Torrazzo, a tower of 110 meters symbol of the city, currently in use as a bell tower. But watch out, you'll have to walk over five hundred steps to get to the top!
The nougat festival is held in Cremona in November, sweet pride of the city; it will be the right reward after all those stairs.

After the summer season, Lake Como is cloaked in a blanket of tranquility. Of course, the temperatures are no longer so pleasant, but on the other hand the views of the villages and the lack of queues at the piers favor the visit.

Finally, in Valtellina you can walk among the classic autumn foliage and ... go hunting for mushrooms! November is the ideal month, and the area is full of them: from the Lower Valtellina, near Sondrio, to the Alta Valtellina, near Bormio. And if you don't feel like trying your hand at research ... surely eating them will be a pleasure!

  • Climate and temperatures in November: cold but not freezing, temperatures between 5 ° C and 11 ° C, low rainfall
  • based in Cremona, Como or Sondrio. Hotel and b & b from € 56,00 per room -

2 - Veneto: Venice, Verona and Valpolicella

Venice is one of the most popular cities for international and Italian tourists, and its fame precedes it. In November, the flow of visitors is lower due to the lower turnout of cruise ships, so you will be able to visit the serenissima without elbowing in Piazza San Marco, but above all you can attend the international exhibition of the Biennale, open until the end of the month.

Verona too is always a splendid city: musts like the Arena, the Arche Scaligere and Juliet's House are valid in every season. Indeed, in November you will find fewer queues!

Ma November is above all the ideal month to visit Valpolicella, that area of ​​Verona where the famous Amarone wine is produced. The cellars can be visited at any time of the year, but in autumn they can be seen in full swing and the fruit-drying rooms with the grapes drying. Specifically, then, the Amarone della Valpolicella "reserve" begins its aging of at least 4 years starting from 1 November of the year of the harvest.

  • Climate and temperatures in November: moderate cold, temperatures between 5 ° C and 12 ° C. Rare precipitation
  • Based in Venice or Verona. Hotels and b & b from € 63,00 per room -

3 - Trentino-Alto Adige: San Martino, Val di Fiemme and the Belluno Dolomites

In Trentino in San Martino di Castrozza is the period of new wine! And where, if not right here, can you celebrate the end of the harvest and the first wine of the year? Not for nothing does the proverb say "in San Martino every must becomes wine"!

And If you want to sprinkle a nice plate of fresh mushrooms with new wine, then move (a little) in the Val di Fiemme! Here, among waterfalls and paths colored by autumn foliage, you can spot mushrooms without the need to go among firs and laric trees! But always pay attention to respecting the laws and the environment, better go with expert guides ... there is more taste, in every sense! In Cavalese and Predazzo there are mycological counters for information and itineraries.

And while you're at it, went the other way towards the Belluno Dolomites: here the autumn views and paths covered with colorful leaves will be a perfect postcard of your holiday!

  • Climate and temperatures in November: quite moderate, minimum 8 ° C and maximum 15 ° C. Lower on the heights
  • Based in San Martino di Castrozza. Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

4 - Aosta Valley: Bard and Grand Paradiso

It's not time to ski yet, but in the fall, in November, the Aosta Valley offers truly unique landscapes. The warm colors of autumn almost contrast the cold that begins to become pungent in the evening and at high altitudes, but if you love autumn foliage and landscapes, the stroll along the paths of the Gran Paradiso National Park are among the most spectacular things you can do and see in this month.

And to delight the palate, here too it is mushroom season! Go towards Bard, a village known for its medieval fort, and move to the Donnas area and lower Val d'Aosta. Here, in the woods and the green areas that line the Dora Bàltea river, you will find the ideal ecosystems for mushroom picking or for walks and picnics in the midst of unspoiled nature!

  • Climate and temperatures in November: moderate rainfall, temperatures between 1 ° C and 10 ° C
  • Based in Aosta, Saint-Pierre or Saint-Vincent. Hotel and b & b starting from € 90,00 per room -

5 - Piedmont: Turin, Alba and Piedmontese Langhe

It's true, in Turin in November the weather starts to turn gray, but the temperatures are not that cold, and the rains are not frequent. In short, we are in low season, which often results in lower prices, fewer queues at museums. So go ahead to visit the must-haves, such as the Egyptian Museums, the Mole Antonelliana. In over 50 urban parks, including that of the Valentino or the gigantic Carrara Park (known as "della Pellerina"), you can go for walks admiring the typical autumn foliage.

But don't stop here: November is the month of truffles and new wine! And where to go, if not in Alba to taste truffles? Here, in fact, from 10 October to 8 December there is the international Alba truffle fair, but you can also organize tours in the woods to learn everything about this precious specialty.

If you prefer wine, here is served: enter the Langhe area! Between Barolo and Novello in the Lower Langa, Asti and the Langa Astigiana, and again the areas of Roero and Monferrato, you can visit wineries, walk the wine roads and taste the Vino Novello, which is celebrated on November 11 on the day of Saint martin.

  • Climate and temperatures in November: mild, with highs around 17 ° and lows around 10
  • based in Turin or Asti. Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

Center of Italy

1 - Tuscany: Val d'Orcia, Chianti and San Miniato

The Tuscan hills, in autumn, are colored with a thousand shades, from the golden yellow of the wheat to the intense green of the leaves.
In November there are many events dedicated to food and wine, so you can move from one village to another following a historical itinerary intertwined with the flavors of new wine and the scent of truffles.

Don't miss out towns and villages of the Val d'Orcia: Bagno Vignoni, a small spa town, San Quirico and Castiglione d'Orcia in the via francigena, and of course Montalcino, home of the famous Brunello wine.
Then move to the Chianti region: Greve, Panzano, Radda, Castellina. You will have the opportunity to taste the top of Tuscan wines, and don't forget that on November 11th San Martino and Vino Novello are celebrated!

And if you don't want to miss anything and you want to give in with truffles too, the period is ideal, but move to San Miniato! Here, in the San Miniato hills, there is the white truffle, very valuable, which is a few centimeters deep. You can taste it in all the restaurants of the town but not only: the first weekend of November there is the festival, in the other 3 weekends there is the market exhibition!

  • Climate and temperatures in November: mild, scarce rains, maximum during the day up to 15 °
  • Based in Siena. Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

2 - Lazio: Rome and Castelli Romani

The Eternal City is eternally beautiful: there is no season in which it is not advisable to visit Rome. The capital is in fact rich in history, romantic views and events at every corner, and there is always something new to experience, in addition to the symbolic monuments of Roman civilization.

Don't miss the Last Judgment event in November. Extraordinary journey into the secrets of the Sistine Chapel at the Auditorium della Conciliazione. It is an entertainment show, a show that mixes art and entertainment to guide spectators on a journey through the wonders of the Sistine Chapel, with 270 ° projections, original music and live performances created by Marco Balich, known for having created the Tree of Life of the Milan Expo.

If you love villages, visit the Castelli Romani area: despite the name, it is a series of villages such as Frascati, Rocca di Papa, Castel Gandolfo, inserted in an exceptional naturalistic area, with the lakes of Albano and Nemi and a series of villas, parks and archaeological areas not to be absolutely miss.

  • Climate and temperatures in November: mild autumn, temperatures never below 7 ° C in the evening, maximum up to 17 ° C. Rainfall averages seven days throughout the month
  • Based in Rome. Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -

3 - Abruzzo: L'Aquila and Gran Sasso Park

If you prefer an immersion in nature to large urban centers, a holiday in Abruzzo is the one for you. The mountainous group of the Marsicani Mountains extends in the province of L'Aquila, natural habitat of some protected animal species typical of the region, including the homonymous Marsican brown bear, the Apennine wolf, the golden eagle and the Abruzzo chamois.

If you love the mountains and natural parks, go on an excursion to Gran Sasso. Dedicate the days to trekking: there are hundreds of paths that climb between small settlements, castles and necropolis, created and marked with the contribution of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club). If you love horseback riding, you will find the longest Italian horse trail (320 km), with refreshment points, drinking troughs and accommodations. The same path of the horse trail can be followed by mountain bike.
There is no lack of food and wine tours: a dozen itineraries focused on the typical products of the area, from cheeses, wines, cereals, meats.

  • Climate and temperatures in November: quite cold autumn. At night temperatures can drop by two degrees below zero, while during the day they rarely exceed 9 ° C
  • Based in L'Aquila. Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

4 - Emilia Romagna: Bologna and the Sangiovese road

Bologna it is the destination chosen by many young people for its welcome and the mixture of cultures it hosts. It is also defined as the Learned precisely with regard to the university, one of the oldest in Italy, but it is not the only one of its nicknames: it is called the Red for the predominant color of its medieval architecture, and the Grassa for its rich gastronomy local. If you are a lover of good food you cannot miss the Cioccoshow, a festival totally dedicated to chocolate that has been held in Bologna in November since 2005. The event is free and suitable for people of all ages, with workshops to learn the art of chocolate making and tasting that will also make visitors happy smaller.

But November is the month of wine and grape harvest, so cross from the capital the Strada del Sangiovese, a food and wine route of about 150 km in the hills of the Romagna Apennines. You will visit the municipalities of Faenza, Brisighella, Casola Valsenio, Riolo Terme and Castelbolognese, all united by the element of gastronomy. First of all, of course, the DOC wines of Romagna: Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Albana, Cagnina and Pagadebit.

  • Climate and temperatures in November: mild, between 6 ° C and 11 ° C. Not intense rains, about seven days per month
  • Based in Bologna. Hotel and b & b from € 40,00 per room -

5 - Umbria: villages and Roads of Oil and Wine

Umbria is known for its delightful medieval villages, symbols of slow tourism, where the rediscovery of territories, traditions and flavors are the ingredients of the holiday.
From the capital, Perugia, you can really indulge yourself: from the more classic route that meets Assisi, Spello and Trevi, to the more southern villages such as Norcia and Cascia or those near Lake Trasimeno, such as Castiglione del Lago up to those further north. , such as Gubbio and Città di Castello. The extremely positive aspect is that, being a fairly small region, the distances are reduced, and the villages are 45 minutes away from Perugia.

If you want take the Oil and Wine Route, which in this month turns magnificent, go south from Perugia in the direction of Bevagna and Montefalco for Sagrantino and Rosso di Montefalco, up to Spoleto for Trebbiano Spoletino. Or, go up towards the Colli del Trasimeno, passing through Magione, Passignano and Tuoro to the border with Tuscany.

  • Climate and temperatures in November: very mild, with temperatures between 8 ° C and 15 ° C
  • Based in Perugia. Hotels and b & b from € 60,00 per room -

Southern Italy and Islands

1 - Basilicata: Matera

Set in the tuff for millennia, the city of Matera with its Sassi is one of the most characteristic villages in Italy, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

The Sassi di Matera are actually two districts, the Sasso Caveoso and the Sasso Barisano, which preserve rock architecture and caves used as dwellings since the Paleolithic. The Sassi have also been the set of several films with a religious background, such as The Passion of Christ by Mel Gibson and The Gospel according to Matthew by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Higher than the Sassi you will find the Civitas hill, with the Cathedral of Matera and a splendid view of the city panorama.

  • Climate and temperatures in November: rare rains, pleasantly cool temperatures, between 6 ° C and 12 ° C
  • Based in Matera. Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • flight to Bari (67 km) + 5 days / 4 nights from € 221,00 per person -

2 - Puglia: Gargano and Alta Murgia

We assume that Puglia is always beautiful and everything is beautiful. In November, however, the advice is to move from the Salento coastal areas to the more internal ones.
Discover the landscapes of the Umbra Forest in the Gargano. Why is it called "Umbrian"? Nothing to do with the Italian region: the name is due to the dense vegetation that creates a lot of "shadow". This forest is called by many the "Forest of the Giants": the species of trees are in fact larger than normal, with monumental beeches and Aleppo pines. This is the phenomenon of macrosomatism. Imagine the colors in autumn: it will not be difficult to meet roe deer, weasels, dormice trample a multicolored carpet of foliage. An enchantment!
And it's a perfect place for children too! There are lakes rich in fauna, including toads, carp and turtles, and also the "Bosco dei Daini", with many small children and a wooden playground.

In the Alta Murgia, the central area of ​​Puglia, you can visit delightful villages and the mysterious Castel del Monte. But not only: this area in November is full of mushrooms! It will be fun to follow the paths in the woods and above all to eat the delights of the place in the many farmhouses in the area.

  • Climate and temperatures in November: temperatures above the national average, between 9 ° C and 17 ° C
  • Based in Foggia or Bari. Hotels and b & b from € 50,00 per room -
  • flight to Bari + 5 days / 4 nights from € 228,00 per person -

3 - Sicily: Etna and Nebrodi Park

Sicily is too often considered a destination exclusively for sea and sun, but in reality even in autumn it manages to offer unique opportunities.
Above all, one visit to the Etna Park and its piedmont villages. Despite the lunar landscape that distinguishes the volcano, the lava flows enrich the surrounding area making it particularly fertile. Is exactly in November you can pick mushrooms and taste new wines produced in the countryside around the volcano.
As for excursions on Etna, these are best done with authorized guides, mostly because it is already dark early and, in case of wind, the cable car stops. It is therefore better to organize yourself with a guide equipped with a jeep.

And if you are a trekking lover, then visit the Nebrodi Park. In the park there are 4 areas, but in this period limit yourself to the first 2 (A and B), the most equipped and suitable for hiking, even on horseback. You will meet woods, lakes, caves, and you can stop in the delightful villages of the park for taste mushrooms and the specialty of the area: the black pig!

  • Climate and temperatures in November: pleasantly warm, in the villages, temperatures between 12 ° C and 18 ° C. On the top of Etna, at an altitude of 3.000 m, there may already be snow
  • Based in Catania or Randazzo. Hotel and b & b from € 40,00 per room -
  • flight to Catania + 5 days / 4 nights from € 171,00 per person -

4 - Campania: Naples, Sorrento and Irpinia

Naples is a pleasant city all year round, blessed among other things by a mild climate that allows you to visit it even in this period without the risk of running into severe cold and frequent rains.
So let's start with the discovery of the city, with particular attention to the museums that are not too crowded this month. Sansevero, Maschio Angiono, and all the musts of the city.
Among the excursions in the surrounding area, the inevitable Caserta and its Royal Palace.

Breathtaking landscapes offer in this month also the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Peninsula. An advice? You are based in Sorrento. The Amalfi Coast already shuts down a bit in November, many businesses close, and even some scenic trails. Sorrento, on the other hand, is still alive, and from here, however, visiting the coastal villages will be convenient.

Autumn is the best season to visit Irpinia. The province of Avellino is dotted with many small villages perched on the mountains that in November, they come alive with food and wine itineraries and thematic festivals on local products with DOC, DOP and IGP certifications combined with nature trails in the Partenio Park where the WWF Montagna di Sopra oasis is located, where birdwatchers can find the great raven, the eagle owl and the peregrine falcon.

  • Climate and temperatures in November: between 11 ° C and 16 ° C with an average risk of rains and rather cold evenings in the higher altitude villages
  • Based in Naples or Sorrento. Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
  • flight to Napli + 5 days / 4 nights from € 193,00 per person -

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