Nature escapes to witness the autumn colours

24 October 2023
Written by The Italy Insider

From simply admiring the warm coloured hues from a panoramic pool to venturing into untouched nature on a leisurely stroll or guided e-bike, Autumn is the ultimate season to enjoy the spectacle of our earth. Not only is it a feast for the eyes, but also for our stomach: some of the best culinary products are harvested during this seasons: pumpkins, truffles, butternut squash, carrots and more. Here is our selection of locations to visit this fall, to infuse yourself with only the very best of what this season has to offer.


Castello di Casole, Toscana

In the tranquil bucolic setting of the countryside, where the fall palette is in full bloom, Castello di Casole once again hosts the Curiosity Circle, welcoming Tom Harrow, an internationally renowned wine expert and passionate storyteller. From October 5th to 8th, he will lead guests on an incredible treasure hunt through the renowned terroir. And when it comes to wellness moments impossible to resist, the Essere Spa at Castello di Casole offers standout treatments: the Divino Ritual, a treatment entirely based on wine, and the Etruscan Treatment, a facial massage following the ancient art of Etruscan cosmetics. To explore the warm colours of autumn foliage, long walks along the property’s 1300-hectare estate, meditative strolls to discover the sounds of nature, and eco-printing courses are organised. WEBSITE

One of the rooms at Castello di Casole
Driving through the Tuscan countryside


Borgo Santo Pietro, toscana

To reset the biological clocks to welcome shorter days and crisp nights and embrace the golden-hued foliage with forest walks, this autumn, Borgo Santo Pietro invites you onto a wellness experience with a full immersion in nature. The newly launched mini spa heavens, with a selection of exclusively designed in-room treatments, will stay open until the end of November, offering an immersive holistic experience for each and every guest of the five suites and pools suites. Moreover, as food is at the heart of Borgo Santo Pietro, join a herb garden workshop with Giustino: the gardener is available as well as tailored cooking classes, learn to balance a healthy gourmet experience and decide how to indulge in the delicatessen that the kitchen team provides daily.  Other ways for you to immerse into the farm-to-fork philosophy are at the new Orto restaurant menu for a seasonal feast of delight based on 100% organic ingredients or at the Saporium for a unique fine dining experience by talented chef Ariel. WEBSITE

Autumn mood at Borgo Santo Pietro


Lefay resort & spa dolomitES,

alto adige

Situated in the heart of the Dolomites, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, and perched above the small, charming village of Pinzolo is the Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti, sister hotel to the original Lefay on Lake Garda. This alpine resort is an idyllic haven for those seeking to dedicate some time to balance and reset their energies. Among this idyllic setting you can indulge in a fantastic two-night wellness spree which includes a regenerative 50 minute massage and a 35 minute floating therapy followed by a hydrating body wrap, an innovative ritual that engages all the senses. WEBSITE

The panoramic pool at Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomites


Castelfalfi, toscana

Castelfalfi is a historic village nestled among an untouched nature between Florence, San Gimignano, and the Tyrrhenian Coast. Here lies the Castelfalfi Resort, a superb destination to admire the spectacle of autumn foliage. In the 25 hectares of vineyards where native and international grape varieties coexist, the wines of the Castelfalfi Estate are born. Respect for the vineyard and diversity of each parcel have led to the adoption of an organic approach as the basis for careful and regenerative agriculture. In the winery and the barrique cellar, where each variety is vinified and aged separately, Castelfalfi’s wines evolve until they reach a perfect balance. With the support of experts, it is possible to taste the wines, which can also be purchased at the Wine Shop. WEBSITE

Exteriors at Castelfalfi


Castello di Buttrio, friuli venezia giulia

Castello di Buttrio is a holistic destination offering immersive experiences in winemaking and hospitality. The 38-hectare estate, dating back to the 17th century has opened its doors welcoming guests into its 16 rooms and suites. The beating heart of the castle is its vineyards. Perched on the summit of Pampinutta Hill, named after pampino, the vine leaf, it inevitably thrives on its cultivation. Tastings and vineyard aperitifs offer an immersive experience in the natural setting surrounding the estate, in one of the most renowned regions for vine cultivation. Likewise, after a day of exploring the surroundings through walks, horseback rides, or bike rides, a poolside aperitif marks a moment of absolute relaxation during the most romantic time of day. This is the ideal place to immerse yourself in the beauty of autumn foliage and savour the region’s wine. WEBSITE

Castello di Buttrio


Adler Lodge Ritten, alto adige

The autumnal landscape permeates all the day’s experiences: witness the colourful hues in the morning from your rooms, during a slow yoga flow overlooking the panorama and during an outdoor excursion – can you imagine having a sauna immersed in a golden forest? This season, at Adler Lodge Ritten, you can make the most out of your escape with a special offer, valid until 30 November, which includes a spa voucher, e-bike tours, guided meditation and yoga classes, sound healing and an aperitif accompanied by warm, roasted chestnuts on the terrace. WEBSITE

Courtesy Adler Lodge Ritten

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