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Seven answers to the question: “Why do I need to go to Italy out of season?”

It is claimed that Italy is an off-season country. Is this true? What awaits a tourist from October to May. The answer is given by the director of the Moscow travel company ItaliaMania, specializing in individual tours to Italy, Julia Shavrina.

It is claimed that Italy is an off-season country. Is this true? What awaits a tourist from October to May. The answer is given by the director of the Moscow travel company ItaliaMania, specializing in individual tours to Italy, Julia Shavrina.

1. Prices
Let’s start with what’s on the surface. The flow has subsided – and prices have fallen. Just think how nice it is to catch a special offer on a luxury hotel or villa, which you don’t even dream of in the summer. Enjoy the full level of service worthy of kings. It should be noted that, outside the season, hotel employees become more attentive, respectful, take their time, with true Italian dignity, do their job.

2. No crowds of tourists!
Two hundred years ago, Stendhal burst into tears in Florence, feeling its energy and beauty. Although the beauty has not disappeared now, the eternal summer tourist bustle does not allow you to feel what the great Frenchman was talking about.

But the off-season is the only time when, finally, Italy takes a break from the tourist collapse, and you have an amazing opportunity to see her real!

Take a calm and measured walk through the streets of cities, penetrate the frescoes of the Cathedrals, touch the walls that have a long history, talk with people, and most importantly, plunge into the measured life of its inhabitants.

Seven answers to the question: “Why do I need to go to Italy out of season?”

It is the off-season without crowds of people and traffic jams in megacities that allows us to organize such non-standard excursions, such as, for example, Meet Italian in Italy, on mopeds. Or arrange a quest in Venice, where tourists become not just listeners, but also active participants in the tour-game. Or close the Vatican just for your visit – only you and the guide, without prying eyes, without annoying hum, find yourself in the holy of holies!

What about children’s fall or spring break? It’s great to introduce a trip to Italy in the school curriculum. What more will give an understanding of the material than not visualization! There are specially adapted tours with real gladiator competitions, Roman mosaic lessons, a maritime museum with caravels or an exhibition of inventions by Leonardo himself!

And, of course, autumn and spring are the best time for corporate trips and teambuildings. Ideas for how to unite your team and spend an unforgettable time in the off-season of hundreds! Surprise your partners and employees – play the Italian mafia, conquer the volcano or get away from the James Bond-style chase.

3. Holidays and gastronomy
Thanks to the cheerful nature of the Italians, their desire to communicate at ease with a meal and a glass of wine, Italy honors the traditions of holding various “sagras” – culinary holidays, fun fairs and festivals. And there are a huge number of them in the offseason.

These holidays perfectly demonstrate the dissimilarity of the regions. After all, Italy is a patchwork quilt, where different traditions reign. Surely you heard stories when Italians were offended by tourists and protested when they called them Italians. Yes, that’s right – they are Sicilians, Sardis and Calabrians!

Why not find out how the regions live, take a look at a holiday dedicated to a flowering almond tree in Sicily in the spring, or not feel the atmosphere of Tuscan towns organizing grandiose festivities in honor of truffles or chestnuts in the fall?

Italy will not disappoint connoisseurs of good wine. They should pay special attention to autumn events dedicated to the harvest or the celebration of young wine.

Sweet tooth will take note of the international event Eurochocolate, held in Perugia in October. This is one of the largest and most famous chocolate festivals in all of Europe. That’s where the real chocolate rivers flow.

There are sagras dedicated to hot pepper and grapes, honey and cheeses, apples, wild boar, cookies and jams! Sagra of candied fruit, sausages, nuts … which the Italians just can’t think of to have fun!

And to the typical festive atmosphere of the sagra is added the charm of the Italian towns themselves, where the aromas soaring in the air are mixed with the colors of bygone times. Solemn processions, musical performances, funny competitions – all these traditions are many hundreds of years old.

4. SPA and wellness
Italy is one of the rare countries rich in thermal springs. Where treatment and rehabilitation is practiced, regardless of the season. Moreover, doctors recommend coming here, avoiding the summer heat.

In addition to the well-known Russian tourists Montecatini and Abano Terme, there are many worthy structures throughout Italy for any budget.

Recently, the so-called medical spas have become especially popular and recommended by us.

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