5 autumn activities in Italy to recharge your batteries for winter
Mindfulness, yoga and relax
When the body is relaxed, psycho-physical wellbeing takes over, positively affecting the mood. Goodbye stress, hello inner peace. Beautiful words of course, but also goals that are not impossible to achieve, especially if you treat yourself to a break steeped in beauty. And Italy is a master at this: from North to South.
The Mandali Retreat Centre on Lake Orta offers guided meditations, yoga sessions, healthy eating, breathtaking scenery and body treatments.
Another green and luxurious retreat is the Isola Santa Cristina in the Venetian Lagoon: a magnificent villa offering yoga retreats that will leave you rejuvenated.
The soulful Hotel Silena is located in Valles, Val Pusteria. It is nestled in nature and built entirely according to the principles of Feng Shui, at an altitude of 1350 metres.
In Tuscany, the address to take note of is the Villa Lena farmhouse, which focuses on contemporary art. The moonlight yoga class is worth a try.
A stone's throw from Assisi, in the green Umbrian hills, there is another place for the soul. Le Torracce Agriturismo Olistico is a restored 14th-century tower where guests can practise yoga, meditation and horse riding.
Even further south, under the Salento sun, there is Yoga in Salento where you can retreat from the outside world, giving yourself time to rest, nurture your spirit and rediscover a connection with your deepest self.
Truffle hunting in the Langhe
If, instead of meditative activities, you prefer to reinvigorate yourself with an itinerary that also includes a few cities for autumn visits in Italy, the Langhe, which together with Roero and Monferrato is a UNESCO heritage site, is the place to go. A great autumn classic, perfect to combine with a day strolling around Turin and an afternoon in Genoa amidst carrugi (alleyways) and focaccia bread. In between, enjoy long walks through Piedmont's autumn landscapes tasting wines and hunting for truffles. Visiting the Langhe in autumn delivers unique sensations.
You can book a truffle hunt with an expert trifulau and his dog, who will guide you in your search for this hidden treasure. And then top it off with a tasting of local cheeses and wines from the Langhe. Ones to look out for: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Barolo and Rossese Bianco.
Horseriding in Santa Marinella
Autumn is the ideal season to enjoy the Roman coastline without the summer crowds and blazing heat. A good option is to book a horseriding excursion in Santa Marinella. It starts from the Monti della Tolfa and goes as far as the Santa Severa Castle by the sea.
An equestrian guide will introduce you to the area and its beauties. A packed lunch is provided on the beach, with zero-kilometre products.
Learn to dance the tango in Stintino
Have you ever thought of trying to learn the Argentine tango?
The fire of this intense yet sophisticated dance is not even extinguished by the sea. The place is Stintino, on the Gulf of Asinara, namely Villa Solenzana, which offers tango courses and occupies a small peninsula from which you can enjoy stunning views of the sea and Stintino's old harbour. This is an original, yet exciting way to regenerate in style.
From north to south, Italy is tinged with magic in autumn. Just use your imagination to fully experience the foliage season, breathing deeply and being cocooned by the beauty of a unique country.