Fall has arrived in Italy with all its glory: intense blue skies and crisp fresh air, picturesque foliage and landscapes, and delicious seasonal food. If you want to book a last-minute vacation in Italy, make the most out of autumn by combining sightseeing, local events and an Italian course to become a Creative Tourist.
Our top picks in Italy for fall learning holidays in October, November and December are Venice and Naples. Not only do you enjoy 10% off the Italian course with Studiainitalia if you study in one of these months, these cities also offer a variety of things to see and to do during autumn.
Venice Fall Events
To celebrate his 500th birth anniversary, the Palazzo Ducale di Venezia hosts a wonderful art exhibition about Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto (1519-1594) from 9 September 2018 to 6 January 2019.
If you love drama and theater, don’t miss the autumn shows at Teatro La Fenice, one of the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre. These include Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini in October, La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi in October, and Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi in November and early December – among others.
Unsure about visiting Venice in fall? Here is what an expert travel journalist from The Telegraph has to say: “Venice is a unique, magical place 365 days a year. But much of the time you’ll be sharing that magic with thousands of other visitors. Numbers peak in summer, despite the heat, humidity and swarms of mosquitoes. Spring and autumn are much more pleasant months. I especially like late autumn (mid-October to mid-November) when, if you’re lucky with the weather, it can still be warm enough to eat outside. But my favourite season of all is winter, a time of misty vistas when tourists are few and far between, rooms are cheap and the city is reclaimed by Venetians.”
Naples Fall Food Recipe
The pumpkin is loved and recognized all around the world as the symbol of fall. In the region of Campania, and particularly in its capital city Naples, the “zucca lunga di Napoli” (also known as “cucozza zuccarina” or “zucca piena di Napoli”) is traditionally planted in April and May, and then harvested between August and September. The pumpkins are then conserved for different months in precise conditions, although they are best savored fresh in autumn.
According to the Slow Food Foundation, the pumpkin from Naples is on the brink of disappearing because it is cultivated in very limited amounts. You can consume it raw in salads, marinated or cooked, both for savory and sweet dishes.
Here is our favorite autumn recipe from Naples
Pasta e zucca alla napolitana – by turismo.it
The ingredients are: zucca lunga di Napoli, pasta, garlic, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, optional peperoncino (chili pepper).
The procedure is:
- In a large saucepan fry the garlic, a trickle of extra virgin olive oil and – if you wish – the peperoncino.
- Then, add the diced-cut pumpkin that you have previously peeled and freed from seeds. Let it cook for a couple of minutes and add some chopped parsley.
- You can then remove the garlic, add a glass of water and cook the pumpkin for about 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, boil some more water in a separate saucepan.
- When the pumpkin will be very soft and begin to undo, add a little of the separately heated water and the pasta that will cook for a few minutes (depending on its cooking time) on a low flame; if needed, add some more water with a wooden spoon.
- When the pasta is almost ready, add a little more chopped parsley and, if you like, serve at the table with a sprinkle of peperoncino to flavor.
Italian Courses in Italy – Seasonal Specials
Sign up for an Italian course with Studiainitalia and enjoy 10% off in Venice and Naples if you study in October, November or December 2018. Our Italian courses are composed by 20 lessons per week. You can learn Italian in Naples or Venice for any length of time. Lessons are delivered by qualified native-speaking teachers and based on the use of simple and effective teaching methods with small groups of students in a fun and stimulating atmosphere. At the end of the course, our Italian language school issues a certificate of attendance that indicates the type of course attended and the level completed. We provide our customers with different accommodation options (private rooms, shared/individual flats, hotels) near the school.