Vita di Paese: Autumn, Finally!

Visiting Italy once autumn has arrived is usually a wonderful experience, as long as the weather remains cooperative. This is the time when the overwhelming masses of tourists begin to dwindle and it becomes so much easier to get around while avoiding the exhausting traffic typical of summer months. 

The beaches are now quiet (figs. 1,2) as swimming will have to wait a while. Venice suddenly looks like Venezia once again (fig. 3) with only a few veneziani wandering around Piazza San Marco under a steady rain (fig. 4). Foggy mornings out in the countryside are a photographer's dream (fig. 5). Incredible trails are filled with warm autumn colors (figs. 6,7). Tuscan slopes with extensive vineyards are almost ready for the vendemmia (fig.8), whereas fields all around Lazio and Umbria fill up with hay bundles (fig.9) ready to be stored away. 

Some of the Abruzzi mountains might get the first snow of the year (fig. 10), as shallow creeks slowly run across endless fields (fig.11). Borghi and small villages are now really quiet (fig. 12), unless a local sagra (fig. 13) brings back small groups of visitors for a pleasant culinary experience (figs. 14,15) Buon appetito!

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