Crisp mornings and cool evenings are warmed by the promise of romance, written in the air. As the summer sun fades and the days draw shorter, a sensuous lustre settles over Italy that makes its towns and cities even more enchanting. Here is our list of top experiences this season.
From 2 to 11 October, the criss-crossing canals of the City of Water take on a new life with the classical chords of the Biennale Musica. The 18 concerts, meditating on the theme of memory, will showcase 31 new works, 16 of which will be world premieres. Belmond Hotel Cipriani is the perfect base for a musical escape.
Snapshots of Sicily
With its rugged hills, sweeping coasts and mesmerising villages, Sicily is a paradise for photographers. Stay at Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo and make the most of the golden autumnal light with a tour of Taormina. Our expert guide will point out the best spots to capture on camera.
Amalfi by Night
Amalfi becomes a whole new place when illuminated by starlight. Stay at Belmond Hotel Caruso and make the most of the longer evening with a romantic three-hour guided walking tour. Learn about the region’s fascinating legends before bringing the night to a close with an elegant champagne toast.
Stay at Belmond Hotel Splendido or Belmond Splendido Mare and sample the bounty of the season with a gourmet tasting tour. Stroll through the rustic hills, sampling oil from the olive groves, before sitting down to a stunning picnic. Fresh focaccia, homemade lemonade and other local produce are accompanied by sensational views.
Rooftops of Florence
Brunelleschi’s dome is one of Florence’s most striking landmarks. Stay at Belmond Villa San Michele and arrange a special tour that grants exclusive access to the monument’s terraces. Get up close and personal with this magnificent feat of Florentine architecture and savour one of the city’s best panoramas.
Etna from the Air
Admire the changing Sicilian scenery from the skies with a unique helicopter tour at Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea. As the summer fades, the landscape is enriched by bold new colour. Witness the lava flows of Mount Etna, the volcanic Aeolian Islands and the Agrigento Valley with its ancient Greek temples.