Italian Foliage

Foliage is a magical word, just by pronouncing it we are enveloped by that wonderful feeling that only autumn can give us. That sensation caused by the scent of chestnuts, the first heat of the fireplace, and the scent of citrus.

I must say that nothing beats the majestic USA foliage display. It is just breathtaking there.

In Italy foliage can be admired in the woods in the mountains, but also in city parks. Even if Italian foliage would not reach the grandiose American display, it does have its charm. A charm that changes from region to region, according to the natural landscape.

Nature changes shape, color, scent, appearance, and those with a basket that look for mushrooms and chestnuts, often find enchanting scenarios.

Where to admire the foliage in Italy? 

When we shall get rid of this awful COVID business, here are the places to discover autumn in its maximum splendour. Take note for later!😏

The foliage, also known as autumnal chromatism, is an event that every year fascinates not only enthusiasts, but also photography lovers or simply those looking for unforgettable views. And in Italy there are many places where you can admire this spectacle of nature. Here are some areas of our country where you can admire the foliage.

Gran Paradiso National Park – Aosta Valley

The Aosta Valley is a unique region of its kind and that is why it should be visited in every season of the year. But in my opinion in the fall it is most beautiful. The woods of the Graian Alps in the Gran Paradiso National Park change color giving life to a unique chromatic effect, with its Chestnut, hazelnut, poplar and cherry trees with a gold color.

Alpe Veglia – Piedmont

Alpe Veglia is a mountain resort and is part of a Piedmontese park. Here you can set off to discover the Cairasca stream up to the Groppallo Chapel to get to the plateau of Alpe Veglia. Once you arrive here you can enjoy a beautiful walk among the larch trees of the forest.

Langhe – Piedmont

Not only wine is produced between the provinces of Cuneo and Asti. Here you will be enchanted by the food and wine tours while admiring the foliage. Depart from Alba to discover this territory to get to Barolo and Castiglione.

Monte Beigua Regional Park – Liguria

The Monte Beigua Regional Park in Liguria is a real palette of colours during the fall season: yellow, green, orange and dark red are the masters. Taking a short trip through the beautiful Ligurian woods will be a unique experience. You can choose to go into the Deiva Forest in Sassello, or take the Archaeological Path or you can head towards Forte Geremia da Masone.

Val Masino – Valtellina – Lombardy

The Bagni di Masino Forest has over 23,000 hectares of land and is one of those places that have something magical. Here you will find a splendid beech forest and many other monumental trees over 200 years old.

Val dei Mocheni – Trentino Alto Adige

The Valle dei Mocheni is a little-known destination for tourists but much loved by those who live in these areas. It is located just outside Trento and the wild and evocative environment will captivate you. Take a ride through the prairies and woods, follow the itineraries and lose yourself in the splendid enchanted woods.

Bosco del Cansiglio – Veneto

In Veneto, in the province of Treviso, there is this wood much loved by locals but also by those looking for a place to admire the leaves, relax and take some photos.

Piacenza hills – Emilia Romagna

Between Piacenza and Bobbio the Piacenza hills are transformed into a spectacular place. The leaves light up with the typical colors of the season. Magical places where you can take a walk or take beautiful photos.

Photo Taken on the Piacenza Hills.

Casentinesi Forests – Tuscany

The fame of these forests want them to be among the most colorful in Italy. The Casentinesi Forests are located in Tuscany, in the province of Arezzo and coming here in this period, between late October and early November, is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have. Here you can admire the beech, oaks and hornbeams.

Umbra Forest – Puglia

The Umbra Forest is one of the largest green lungs in Italy. We are on the Gargano in the province of Foggia, where centuries-old beech trees alternate with oak and maple trees.

Bosco di Verrutoli – Basilicata

We are in the province of Matera, just a few minutes from one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The Bosco di Verrutoli is a place where you can discover the change of season by trekking and admiring the Lucanian hills. An ideal place to have a picnic.

Sila Park – Calabria

Maples, poplars, beeches, chestnuts await you in the Sila Park, in Calabria. Once here you will be able to take different routes and admire ancient trees and collect some mushrooms and chestnuts.

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I lived the most part of my life in Washington DC, now in Italy getting to know again my country. Plenty of surprises, for good and bad, and lots of nostalgia for DC.

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