October is a great month to visit the Gulf of Poets: the weather is still mild, the natural landscape delights our eyes with the distinctive autumn colors, the flavors of fall are celebrated with wine and food festivals. On top of this, there are less tourists around meaning that – with less queues and cheaper prices – you can probably do a lot more during your break on the Italian Riviera.
If you are staying in Portovenere as your base for visiting Cinque Terre and the Gulf of Poets, we have some articles with tips on how to enjoy your time in the area, for example: Top 10 Things to do in Portovenere, 48 Hours in Portovenere and Cinque Terre, Castles of the Riviera Spezzina, What to do on a Rainy Day in Portovenere.
If you have more days available and want to make the most out of your Italian vacation, in October you can easily organize day trips in Liguria and even in the neighboring regions of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. In this article, Discover Portovenere Blog suggests some events and sightseeing that you can enjoy with less than 2 hours’ drive away from Portovenere.
Marble Tours in Carrara (Tuscany)
Carrara, the city in Tuscany that is famous for its marble, is only one hour away by car from Portovenere. There you can enjoy an interesting tour in the marble quarries, complete with a visit at a sculpture workshop and a light lunch at Colonnata. The team at Grand Hotel Portovenere will be glad to assist you in organizing your marble quarry experience across the border in Tuscany.
By the way, did you know that Portovenere’s territory also has its own marble? It’s the exclusive Portoro, a fine-grained, black marble, with strong white and gold veining that resembles the ripples in a stream.
Italian handcrafts and Cosplay in Lucca (Tuscany)
Lucca is a 90-minute drive away from Portovenere. On 13, 14 and 15 October 2017, it will host the “Lucca Fashion in Flair”, an exhibition about crafts that are Made in Italy. The sixth edition of this event takes place in the beautiful 16th-century Villa Bottini, where you will find the fine work of craftsmen responsible for the best in Italian-made quality clothing, jewels, accessories, furniture and art.
In autumn, Lucca becomes the colorful set of Lucca Comics and Games, an internationally acclaimed event dedicated to comics, cartoons, games and video games. There is a beautiful exhibition between 14 October and 5 November, while the main festival takes place between 1 and 5 November. Walking around Lucca during these days is a great experience for children, adults and even spectators who know nothing about the world of comics and games. You’ll feel like being catapulted in a fantasy world, where you will find people wearing beautiful costumes and detailed accessories around every corner.
The history of Italian design in Pisa (Tuscany)
From July all the way to 22 October 2017, Museo Piaggio hosts an exhibition where you will discover 50+ items that marked the history of Italian design and revolutionized the most diverse merchandising sectors. One of the main protagonists of this exhibit, called “50+! Il Grande Gioco dell’Industria” is the inimitable Vespa.
Photography Exhibition and Aristocratic Visits in Genoa (Liguria)
Grand Hotel Portovenere promotes the photography exhibition of Claudio Barontini from 21 September to 21 October 2017, in Genoa’s Museoteatro della Commenda. This Italian photographer is particularly famous for his portraits of celebrities and artists. In particular, this exhibition showcases 40 black-and-white photos that tell the daily life of actors, movie directors, poets, aristocrats, rock stars and stylists.
On 14 and 15 October, Genoa opens its amazing Palazzi dei Rolli (UNESCO World Heritage Site) to the public. You will have the opportunity to explore the aristocratic and ancient villas and the history of their noble owners. You can find more details on the program and how to book the guided visits on www.visitgenoa.it.
Food Festivals around Parma (Emilia Romagna)
Cross Liguria’s border to reach one of Italy’s top food regions – Emilia Romagna. Find a foodie paradise in Parma, which is a 2-hour drive away. Here you visit a variety of Food Museums, including the Museum of Parmigiano Reggiano, of Pasta, of Wine and Museum of Prosciutto – among others.
If you are looking for food festivals: on 15 October, the village of Calestano hosts the Fragno Black Truffle National Fair, while the town of Soragna celebrates the Polenta Festival on 15 and 16 October.
October in the Gulf of Poets
Are you looking for a hotel that is located between Liguria, Tuscany and Emilia Romagna for your Italian fall break? Visit the website of Grand Hotel Portovenere to discover its ideal location and special offers for direct bookings.