Some of the benefits of traveling to Italy in October include lower airfare and hotel prices and smaller tourist crowds. The scenery in Italy is beautiful in October, and many festivals and attractions take place at that time. October is one of the best months for food lovers to visit.
In October, the mornings and evenings are generally cool and crisp in Italy, but there are many sunny days. Therefore, October is a good time for people who prefer to travel and walk without the heat of summer to visit. The fall months offer stunning scenery, with fall colors in the foothills, mountains and vineyards from mid-October into November. Fewer sunlight hours and earlier sunsets allow for more time to enjoy cities after dark. Sightseeing in a city in Italy after dark can be romantic and beautiful, as historic monuments often light up at night.
October is a popular month for Italian food festivals, especially those for chestnuts, mushrooms, chocolate and truffles. Fall food festivals and wine harvests happen all over the country during the weekends in October. Olive harvests also take place in the fall. World Pasta Day occurs on the fourth Sunday in October, and Slow Food's big International Food Event also occurs in October. As of 2015, some of the other events and festivals that occur in Italy in October include Maschera di Ferro, Barcolana Regatta in Trieste, the International Accordion Festival and the Rome Film Festival.