This is a time to enjoy the famous truffles and drink local red wines - perhaps while sitting on a terrace watching the landscape change with the leaves from emerald green through burning red and finally to yellow. In Autumn Italy slows down, la dolce vita takes a different pace and before you know it you've been tricked into winter.
We recommend spening an afternoon driving the meandering roads until you come across a restaurant specialising in porcini mushrooms. During autumn the porcini are predominantly local, or "nostrali" in Tuscany. Rainfall, temperature and exposure of the sun are the main factors effecting the growth of mushrooms in the forests, so it's always better to ask if it's been a good year.
Why not explore the forests and hills of Tuscany when the olive groves and vine yards are buzzing with activity and laden for harvest. The autumn food in Tuscany retains the warmth of the summer - it's a perfect time to have a cooking renaissance!
Flavours offer Italian cooking holidays at two venues in Tuscany, Villa Maria (close to Florence) and Villa Segalato (close to Lucca). Flavours also offer Pilates and Painting holidays in Tuscany.
For more details visit www.flavoursholidays.co.uk