Best Towns in Southern Italy to Visit in the Fall

Southern Italy is bursting at the seams with its stunning coastlines, lush mountain ranges, rich history, and delectable cuisine. Although most people choose to travel here in the summer months, it offers a treasure trove of experiences that come alive in the fall. While well-known destinations like Sorrento, Taormina, and Matera continue to draw in visitors throughout the year, there are also some hidden gems that can offer a unique and pleasurable experience during the autumn season. 

Join us as we explore some of the best towns to visit in Southern Italy this fall (or any season, really!)


Senise, Basilicata

Nestled in the heart of Basilicata, Senise is known for its charming old town, historic churches, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. As you wander the town, you’ll find many balconies draped in peppers that have been left out to dry to make a local specialty called “cruschi” which is dialect for crunchy. Senise is enchanting, but even more so in the fall, as its landscapes are adorned with the warm colors of autumn, making it an ideal time to explore the countryside and indulge in local dishes.

Join us in Senise on our 2024 Taste of the South Small Group tour. 

Altamura, Puglia

Altamura is admired for its perfectly preserved medieval architecture and ancient city walls. The temperatures in the Fall season make exploring its historic center a pleasure. But the real treat of this season is the chance to witness the olive harvest in the surrounding groves. Altamura is also famous for its unique bread-making traditions with recipes and methods that have remained relatively unchanged since the Middle Ages. 

We stop in Altamura on our 2024 Taste of the South Small Group tour to get a sampling of traditional cuisine in Puglia and the bread of Altamura. 

Morano Calabro, Calabria

Listed as one of Italy’s “100 Most Beautiful Villages,” Morano Calabro, this medieval hill town offers a well-preserved old town with narrow alleyways and beautiful architecture. In the fall, you can enjoy scenic hiking and outdoor exploration in the Pollino National Park nearby. Enjoy leisurely walks through forests adorned with the vibrant colors of autumn foliage, or take part in an excursion to hunt for truffles or mushrooms. There is a certain serenity here, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful escape with a dose of outdoor adventure during the fall season.

We love visiting Morano Calabro on our tours, and we’ll be in the area for our 2024 Small Group Heritage tour, so why don’t you join us?

Paestum, Campania

Paestum, located in the Campania region of Southern Italy, is often overlooked by travelers who tend to include the ancient city of Pompeii in their itinerary. We get it! Pompeii is a fascinating place to visit, but Paestum is also worth considering for its exceptionally well-preserved ancient Greek temple dating back to the 6th and 5th centuries BC. This archaeological treasure offers a captivating journey back in time, allowing visitors to explore the grandeur of antiquity within a tranquil and picturesque setting. But why is this a good destination for the autumn season? Well, the cooler temperatures make walking through the ancient ruins much more enjoyable than in the scorching heat of the summer. It also has fewer tourists, making the experience that much more enjoyable. 

If you are interested in a customized private tour in Campania, we can help you. We have lots of fun experiences in Campania that we can offer you.

Siracusa, Sicily

Siracusa, located on the southeastern coast of Sicily, has a rich historical legacy and a remarkable blend of ancient Greek ruins, Baroque architecture, and vibrant local culture. The old town, located on the charming island of Ortigia, is a UNESCO World Heritage site that begs to be visited. During the fall months, you can enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate and wander around the picturesque streets and quaint piazzas while enjoying the stunning sea views. Don’t forget to visit the famous market to get a feel for what it’s like to live on this southern Italian island and to check out the local seasonal foods that you’d otherwise miss during the other seasons.

We spend some time in Ortigia before we hop over to Malta during our 2024 Best of Calabria and Malta.

Southern Italy is already quite magical, but the warm colors, mild temperatures, crisp fresh air, and smaller crowds allow you to appreciate it even more. 

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