Tuscany Walking Tours – The Festive Fall Harvests of Italy August 7th, 2009 • by Matt Holmes Excerpt from Forbes Traveler All 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, European vacations are 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 Tuscany & Umbria walking tour, Oct. 11-18, with Boundless Journeys. Call 800-941-8010 and speak with destination manager Deborah Tobey to learn about some exceptional offers. About Boundless Journeys Selected as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, February 2009; and as the #7 Best Tour Operator in the World by Travel & Leisure, August 2009 If diversity of adventure is what you are seeking, Boundless Journeys has trips to satisfy your most imaginative spirit. Offering worldwide adventure tours, featuring experiences ranging from wilderness treks to cultural journeys, we always find the hidden gems of each destination. Small group or private itineraries, memorable accommodations, and expert local guides define the signature Boundless Journeys adventure travel experience.