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Italy in November: 10 destinations for your vacation

Here we are again with our monthly appointment, devoted to the top 10 provinces and top 10 travel suggestions for November!

  • 1. Cuneo
  • 2. Potenza
  • 3. Asti
  • 4. Crotone
  • 5. Cremona
  • 6. Avellino
  • 7. Benevento
  • 8. Vercelli
  • 9. Turin
  • 10. Piacenza
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Discovering Italy, its hamlets, its typical cuisine and its landscape is always a pleasure! In November it gets even better: the roads are quieter, the days aren’t yet too cold, and there are still local events aplenty to enjoy.

To help you chose your perfect holiday spot, here are our top 10 travel destinations for this month, plus our recommendations on what to see and do.

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1. Cuneo

If you didn’t manage to plan your trip to the province of Cuneo in October, then why not take part in the  International Fair of White Truffles from Alba in November? All the way up until the 25th, you can enjoy typical local dishes with a twist. Black or white, truffle takes centre stage, on the table and at the markets - this is a region full of flavour-centres, from the Langhe to Roero and Montferrat.

At the Fair, every day is packed with events, attended by truffle specialists who will be happy to advise you on what to purchase and how to identify a good quality truffle using five different senses. As soon as you arrive, you'll smell the intoxicating scent and succumb to the stunning taste of this treasured product. 

But Cuneo is not just about food, the province has much to offer in the way of nature too. The peaks of Monviso and the hills of the LangheRoero and Montferrat (a World Heritage Site) to name just a few. The Cuneo plain is also criss-crossed by the Po, Tanaro and other rivers.

Among the many attractions to visit, don’t miss the Savoy residences, again recognised as a Unesco World Heritage Site, and the castles of Racconigi, Bra and Govone. Cuneo is rich in archaeology too, home to the excavations of Augusta Bagiennorum and Pollentia, and much, much more.

If you enjoy long walks, you can retrace ancient pilgrim routes - the Via Francigena and the Way of Saint James both pass through here. Along these two famous trails, you’ll find sanctuaries and other religious sites, such as the Staffarda Abbey and the Pesio Charterhouse.

The region offers nature parks and mountains, for winter sports, trekking and hiking. And last but certainly not least, the spa centres in the Province of Cuneo are certainly deserving of a mention. But don’t take us at our word – come and see for yourself!

➡ Check out all the agriturismi in the province of Cuneo and find the right one for you!

2. Potenza

Potenza is home to a host of treasures not to be missed! The province is rich in history and the local cultures remain vibrant. Providing the backdrop to it all, truly spectacular nature.

And it’s with that nature that our itinerary begins: how about a trip along the coastline of Maratea, the province’s only point of access to the sea? As well as the blue Tyrrhenian Sea, especially perfect for a summer break, the town is rich in history and beauty. Maratea is a Medieval style hamlet, with many churches and monuments to explore. The area also has much to offer speleology fans, home to a plethora of wonderfully-named caves: Grotta del Sogno (Dream Cave), Grotta del Dragone (Dragon Cave), the Monacelli Cave and the Marina di Maratea Cave. Then why not climb the mountain and visit Christ the Redeemer of Maratea too?

Outside Maratea, much more awaits. In the town of Venosa, for example, you’ll find the birthplace of the Latin poet Horatio, as well as a castle and park with an archaeology museum. The surrounding area is home to Jewish and Christian catacombs. Heading towards the Tyrrhenian Coast, you can admire the archaeological site of Grumentum.

In the northern part of the province you’ll find two castles - this is the Monte Vulture region, an extinct volcano now covered by woodland. Here you’ll find Castel Lagopesole, in Avigliano, and Melfi Castle.

Lovers of green countryside and hiking can get up close with nature in the central part of the Lucana Forest, in the Pollino National Park, and in the Lago Pantano di Pignola and Abetina nature reserves.
And finally, we can’t mention Potenza Province without taking a culinary tour of the region: simple, wholesome produce blend with Lucan tradition, meats, homemade pastas and delicious soups, perfect warming dishes for the period in question.

➡ Check out all the agriturismi in the province of Potenza and find the right one for you!

3. Asti

When we think of the province of Asti, our thoughts are instantly drawn to Montferrat and the Langhe, a mainly hilly region rich in cultivated fields, medieval fortresses and vines.

An area rich in history, culinary culture and nature to explore. You can visit the nature parks of Rocchetta Tanaro, the Special Nature Reserve of the Andona, Botto and Grande Valleys, or the Forteto della Luja WWF Oasis.
And of course the region’s medieval hamlets, as well as Asti, the province’s capital. We recommend CanelliNizza Monferrato and San Damiano d’AstiMoncalvoCostigliole and  Roccaverano, to name just a few.

In the province of Asti, you can visit abbeys and castles, such as Costigliole Castle or Gancia Castle in Canelli, famous for the production of Asti Spumante. A region so deeply rooted in its history deserves to be known for its museums as well as for its traditional and food and wine heritage.

Its most famous food product is the truffle, with Asti and Alba taking top spot as Italy’s major truffle regions. But delicious hazelnuts, cheeses and wines await you too. Nizza Monferrato “cardo gobbo”, or hunchback cardoon, and Asti peppers are two of the key ingredients in “bagna càuda”, one of the most famous and substantial local dishes.

➡ Check out all the agriturismi in the province of Asti and find the right one for you!

4. Crotone

In the province of Crotone, you’ll find the bluest sea in all Calabria, even out of season, the (almost) winter sea will seduce you. But let’s start with Capo Colonna, and its archaeological site, with its testimony to the splendour of Magna Graecia and the Doric column of the temple dedicated to the goddess Hera Lacinia.

Continue along the coast from Isola di Capo Rizzuto to Punta Le Castella, with its famous Byzantine fortress.
The region is also home to thriving nature, where you can enjoy trekking, mountain biking, birdwatching and gorge walking along gorges and canyons carved out by rivers and torrents.

In the sprawling woodland of the Sila National Park you can admire the famous granite rocks of Fosso Iannace. Cyclists can explore the Gariglione loop, at the heart of the park. And the summit of Monte Santa Barbara offers a magical rooftop where you can admire the stars. Here, if the snow has begun to fall, you and your family can try a spot of downhill skiing or snowboarding.

Villaggio Palumbo is another small hamlet that's well worth a visit, rich in history and local tradition, nestled between the forest and the stunning scenery of Lake Ampollino. Temples, archaeology and castles are dotted across the province, from Crotone, to the historic residences of Cirò, via San Severina, known as the “Stone Ship” for its location atop a rocky cliff, to the heart of the Neto River valley with its famous castle.
As for fine food and wine, be sure to enjoy a glass of Cirò, taste the Cutro bread, “sopressata” salami and “sardella”, the “poor man’s caviar”.

➡ Check out all the agriturismi in the province of Crotone and find the right one for you!

5. Cremona

Let’s head back up north, to the province of Cremona, to be more precise. Cremona can be divided into 4 areas: the central-southern part, where the capital is located, is known as “Il Cremonese”; the north, around the town of Crema is called "Il Cremasco"; the third section, around Casalmaggiore, is nicknamed "Il Casalasco", and finally the area known as Castelleone e Soresina. All four are rich in historic and artistic treasures, as well as beautiful nature, where spectacular rivers flow amidst castles, medieval buildings, churches, piazzas and hamlets.

Cremona is rich in Medieval and Renaissance heritage, and is known worldwide for its violin makers. It was the birthplace of the famous Stradivari violin,a place of artisan workshops and a School of Violin Making. There is even a Museum of Violin Making dedicated to this tradition.

In November, from the 18th to the 26th, the Festa del Torrone, or Nougat Festival, comes to town, a celebration of this popular sweet treat which brings the town to life like a kind of sphere of Dante's Heaven. The theme for this year: “greed”.

Another local gem is Crema and the surrounding area, a place of castles and fortresses. Explore historic villas and residences in Cremona's towns and cities, from Cicognolo to Vho and Casalmaggiore.

The province of Cremona is also ideal for cycling enthusiasts, offering cycle tracks and routes that connect green space to towns and cities through the beautiful countryside around the Po, Oglio, Serio and Adda rivers, amidst rows of poplar trees.

The region’s most beautiful parks include Serio and Oglio, the Boscone Estate and the Bine oasis. You can also explore these stunning locations by water, with a cruise along the Po.

The “Circuito Città Murate e Castellate”, or the Walled and Castle Town Circuit, is just waiting to be discovered, also connected by a cycle track. Food-wise, the region is famous for its salamis, culatello, “mostarda” – sweet pickled fruits which originated in Cremona back in ancient times, and, of course, nougat. Typical Cremona dishes include “marubini” pasta in broth, “tortelli cremaschi”, various tasty cheeses and “Spingarda”, a typical local dessert.

➡ Check out all the agriturismi in the province of Cremona and find the right one for you!

6. Avellino

Thinking about heading to Campania for your Italian November break? An excellent idea! Have you ever considered that the province of Avellino might be the perfect holiday destination for you? If you’ve never had the chance to visit, then don’t worry, we can tell you all you need to know to guarantee an unforgettable trip!

Avellino is home to fortifications, towers and fortresses, nestled in green hills, ideal for exploring when it’s not yet too cold, the perfect way to enjoy days all together in the open air at this time of year. How about a tour of the Irpinia Castles, for example?

Almost every commune has its own castle, some transformed into historic residences or luxury resorts, and others open to explore. The Irpinia region is not just famous for its wine, but also for its historic hamlets, caves, breathtaking landscape and its castles. Try to pay a visit to Morra Castle, once the home of cardinals and poets, Candriano Castle, or Sant'Angelo dei Lombardi.

In Bagnoli Irpino you can visit Cavaniglia Castle, which stands atop the Serra Hill. These wonderfully elegant castles once hosted elaborate celebrations and gatherings of poets and artists who came to present their work at court. Get lost in these magical, other-worldly places, as you imagine the lives of dames and knights all those years ago.

Let's take a brief look at what Avellino Province has to offer in terms of typical cuisine... You can feast on fresh pasta, strictly handmade, as well as lamb, chicken and rabbit. And don’t forget to sample “mugliatielli”, a highly traditional Irpinia dish featuring tasty and succulent lamb rolls! 

It’ll be a fun experience and will allow you to see things from a different point of view: mountains, plains, lakes and rivers. Afraid of being cold? No fear... Just wear a warm sweater and plan your visit on sun-filled days! For a perfect four-wheeler ride, start from Bagnoli Irpino, or around the area of Lake Laceno.

➡ Check out all the agriturismi in the province of Avellino and find the right one for you!

7. Benevento

For the seventh province on our top 10 places to visit in November, we're staying in Campania, but this time in the Benevento region. Try to drive to Benevento Province by car, or hire one when you get there - having your own transport will mean you can explore the region at your own pace, stop off at its most characteristic hamlets and enjoy your autumn break in Italy!

To experience the very best of Benevento, start from Campolattaro, an ancient hamlet built on the sides of a hill which slopes down to the Tammaro River. Be sure to visit the church of San Sebastiano, patron saint of the city, Via Bebiana, the piazza dedicated to Urbano de Agostino, an important political figure from the 1800s, and the castle dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries.

Then continue on to Casalduni, 24 km from Benevento. Its historic centre is very pleasant, with stunning views of the surrounding hills. Then to Cusano Mutri, considered the pearl of the Matese, which has recently been listed as one of Italy’s Most Beautiful Hamlets. Cusano Mutri is home to several churches of artistic importance - the oldest is San Pietro e Paolo, set at the top of a flight of steps.

Would you like to know what’s on in November in this region? At the start of the month, San Giorgio la Molara will host the Local Culinary Produce Market, its piazza will fill with stands selling typical produce, from truffle to salt cod, honey and wine, accompanied by folklore and exhibitions by artisans and artists!
But if you don’t make it to that one, then be sure to try the region’s typical pasta regardless, it's known as “cavatelli”. Cavatelli are prepared by hand, and owe their name to the shape they take as they are made. Most trattorias and restaurants in the province of Benevento serve them with tomato and sausage ragù.

➡ Check out all the agriturismi in the province of Benevento and find the right one for you!

8. Vercelli

Located in north-east Piedmont, midway between Milan and Turin, the province of Vercelli is as charming as it is elegant. The home of one of the region’s oldest universities, Vercelli boasts a majestic historic centre, and a wealth of medieval buildings to admire, as well as modern shopping streets. If you’ve never been to this city, be sure to pay a visit to the Sant’Andrea Basiclica and the Cathedral for a few photos to show family and friends back home.

Fancy something sweet? In Vercelli you'll find lots of little shops selling typical local produce. The city’s specialties include “bicciolani”, typical spiced biscuits with an unmistakable flavour, or “tartufata”, a delicious cream cake covered with chocolate leaves.

Venturing out of the city and around the province, we recommend Rocca Verrua-Savoia, the fortress on the banks of the Po River that marks the border between the provinces of Turin and Vercelli.
Travelling with your whole family? Then take a trip to the Ecomuseo delle Terre d'Acqua, a museum established to safeguard cultural traditions and local food and wine.

Don’t forget that the province of Vercelli is famous for an area known as “Grange”, dominated by rice paddies that offer a unique and extraordinary spectacle in autumn. Those who love getting up close with nature can enjoy a walk or bike ride - if the cold has not yet set in - in one of the Lower Vercelli region’s three parks - Lame del Sesi, the Sorti della Partecipanza Forest and the Po and Orba River Park!

➡ Check out all the agriturism near Vercelli and find the right one for you!

9. Turin

This beautiful Piedmont city is perfect for a November Italian break, which is why it takes 9th place on our list.
If you’ve never been to Turin, then now’s the time to change that. Must-see attractions include the Egyptian Museum, home to the second largest collection of artefacts in the world after Cairo.
The elegant Piazza Castello, the Mole Antoneliana and the Sacra Sindone are all worth a visit, and whilst you explore, be sure to sample the “gianduiotti”, the city’s famous little gianduja chocolates!

Remember that in November in Turin, you’ll find the works of Mirò at the Palazzo Chiablese, as well as those of Giacomo Grosso at the Fondazioni Accorsi – Ometto. The month’s major events include the Turin Dance Festival, which offers an incredible number of dance shows, screenings, artistic showcases, experimental performances, films and more.

Fancy participating in two of the province’s more unusual events? The first week of November sees the return to Cavour of Tuttomele, a pleasant event that takes place every year, dedicated to local fruit, gastronomy and handicrafts. And at the end of the month there’s the Savoy Cabbage Festival in Montaldo Dora, an event which celebrates organic agricultural produce with gastronomic encounters open to all!

➡ Check out all the agriturismi in the province of Turin and find the right one for you!

10. Piacenza

Last on our list of the 10 best provinces for November sees the entry of Emilia Romagna with Piacenza. If you choose to visit this province, then be sure to take part in at least one of the events on offer! 

This province has so much to offer. The start of the month in Castel San Giovanni is dedicated to Cioccolandia: the town awaits you, to celebrate all that is chocolate and delicious desserts with a very special event. Along the streets of the historic centre you’ll find stands, artists and retailers, and there’ll be chocolate salami – the festival’s symbol – available to enjoy at five different points across the town.

In Piacenza, during the second week of the month, on Piazza dei Cavalli, you’ll find Sicilia Viva in Festa, a huge market of typical Sicilian produce and artisan items. Here you’ll be able to sample “cassate” “buccellati” fig biscuits with jam, marzipan fruit sweets, “cuddureddi” buns, delicious almond treats, and - of course - Sicilian “cannoli” pastries. Perhaps Sicily is a bit far from Piacenza, but you should definitely take the opportunity to visit the island for a day, it might just inspire you for your next trip to Italy.

Again in Piacenza but this time during the last week of November, you can visit the Independent Vineyards Wine Market, while in Caorso you will find “Ricordi del passato” (Memories of the Past), an interesting antiques market event!

Love exploring little hamlets? Then don’t miss Vigoleno, listed as one of Italy’s Most Beautiful Hamlets, fully fortified, and offering beautiful views of the Stirone Park in its autumnal dress. Castellarquato is well worth a visit too, with its other-worldly medieval ambience, and in Villanova sull’Arda you’ll find the home of the great composer Giuseppe Verdi.

➡ Check out all the agriturismi in the province of Piacenza and find the right one for you!

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