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Tuscany Walking Tours – The Festive Fall Harvests of Italy

Excerpt from Forbes Traveler Tuscany1All across Europe, the harvest marks one of the most festive times of year. For author James Fraioli, whose travels frequently take him to the Italian regions just south of Lugano, there’s no better time to appreciate la dolce vita. Researching Italian cuisine for his latest cookbook, Festivals of Italy: Celebrated Recipes from 50 Food Fairs, Fraioli found the fall calendar crammed with harvest fetes. In towns across Tuscany, locals thronged to celebrate the arrival of the season’s truffles, chestnuts, wild mushrooms, wines and olive oils. The experience was typically vibrant, colorful—and, as Fraioli puts it, “intensely local.” For most American tourists, a Europe vacation is synonymous with summer. But fall is when “the real residents of the cities return.” The cultural life, too, is restored to the neighborhoods noting that while the temperature starts to drop in the fall, the cultural season is just beginning to heat up. Discover the bounty of fall on our Italy walking tours. Call 800-941-8010 and speak with destination manager Deborah Tobey to learn about some exceptional offers.

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