Special occasions – whether they are weddings, corporate events, incentives’ or foodie trips – have a completely different and unique taste, feel and sight when they take place in Italy during fall and winter. Here are 5 reasons why you should not miss the opportunity to travel and/or organize an Italian special event during the so-called ‘low season’!

Those special flavors

Italian cuisine is largely based on seasonal, fresh ingredients. This means that during fall and winter you will enjoy those earthy, rustic flavors that you will not find during other seasons. Truffles, porcini mushrooms, chestnuts and grapes are just an example… and not only can you savor them in delicious local recipes, you can actually participate in exciting harvest activities with the locals!

 

Where are the summer crowds? Snapshot at the Vatican, from armidatrentino.wordpress.com

Less crowds, more savings

During the low season, there are traditionally less tourists, which translates in less crowded museums, attractions and restaurants, and in more affordable accommodation rates! And, if you do not have to stand in line to admire the beautiful cultural and artistic heritage that Italy has to offer, you will also have more time to appreciate that and a lot more.

Daily life in Florence. Photo from turismo.intoscana.it

Traditional events & authenticity

Many local cultural events take place during fall and winter, when Italians have settled back in their towns and villages from the summer vacations. This makes non-peak seasons an ideal time to meet locals and experience their lifestyle in its most authentic light! An example? Have a look at 10 cool places where to spend Christmas and New Year’s in Italy.

 

Christmas market! Photo from oggiroma.it

Holiday gifts

If you visit Italy before Christmas, you will have no shortage of ideas for holiday gifts for your loved ones at home. You can stock up on special lovely souvenirs, such as handmade maiolica pottery from Faenza  or holiday decorations from the charming Christmas and Befana market in Piazza Navona (Rome). For businesses, this is also a great season for creating personalized gift awards.

 

Dog sledding in the Val Gardena, northern Italy. Photo fromvalgardena.it

Sports & seasonal activities

Italy is a paradise for sports lovers. Whether is it skiing, dog sledding and Nordic walking in Val d’Aosta or golfing in some of Europe’s most picturesque and surprising golf courses that are open even in the coldest months, there is something for all tastes! There are also plenty of seasonal activities to be enjoyed… just to mention two of our favorites: Medieval cooking lessons in Siena with Chef Lella, and workshops with fashion artisans in Florence.

If you haven’t already seen it, here is a beautiful video on why you should come to Italy, with Itineraries and suggestions for visiting Tuscany. If you need any more ideas or any help with organizing your special event or foodie trip in Italy during fall and winter, do not hesitate to contact Italian Special Occasions DMC!

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Photo credits:
Roasted chestnuts and wine, photo from studiarearoma.it
Where are the summer crowds? Snapshot at the Vatican, from armidatrentino.wordpress.com
Daily life in Florence. Photo from turismo.intoscana.it
Christmas market! Photo from oggiroma.it
Dog sledding in the Val Gardena, northern Italy. Photo fromvalgardena.it