Planning a Trip to Italy? Here are our Top 8 September Picks

Planning a trip to Italy? September just might be the perfect month to make your Italian dreams come true. The weather during this month is ideal, with mild temperatures and fewer crowds compared to the peak summer season. This means you can explore Italy’s famous attractions without the hassle of long lines and overcrowded sites. September is also the harvest season, offering the chance to indulge in the country’s delectable cuisine and wines. Here are our Top 8 September picks:

Italy on a Plate

In her debut cookbook, Susan Gravely celebrates 40 years as Founder and Creative Director of VIETRI, a lifestyle brand offering handcrafted Italian tabletop and home and garden accessories. With a foreword by Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun, Italy on a Plate is an exploration into what makes Italy so magical: its staggering beauty, unparalleled style, artistic legacy, and incredible food. The close friends Gravely has made during her years of Italian travels have graciously shared their homes and their favorite family recipes, and this book gives a culinary tour of Italy’s flavors with recipes you will enjoy with loved ones for years to come.

Gianni Franzi Ristorante Hotel (Vernazza)

Gianni Franzi Ristorante Hotel will make you feel at home with their comfortable rooms with a blend of modern amenities and rustic Italian charm. Guests can savor authentic Italian cuisine at the renowned onsite restaurant, known for its delicious seafood dishes and local specialties. You can even enjoy wine tastings featuring dry white wines of the Cinque Terre. 

James Communication

James Communication is an experienced Italian language teacher who prides himself as the gateway to fast-tracking your Italian communication skills. With a deep passion for teaching and an in-depth knowledge of the Italian language, James offers a comprehensive and effective approach to learning. 

Dalia Wines (Veneto)

Dalia Wines, rooted in the Italian tradition, embodies nature’s enduring beauty through its Pinot Grigio. It’s a wine perfect for celebrating life’s moments, both big and small, whether you’re enjoying a sunny afternoon on the porch or toasting with loved ones around a full table. Dalia Wines adds a touch of elegance to every occasion, proving that it pairs perfectly with life itself.

Fly Away (Milano)

Fly Away is your one-stop destination for all things aviation-related. This aircraft supply store offers a comprehensive range of products catering to pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re in need of flight manuals, aeronautical charts, or aeronautical headphones, Fly Away has you covered. They also stock technical equipment for flying, pilot bags, clothing, flight simulation gear, cockpit accessories, and a variety of items that will appeal to aviation enthusiasts.

Rifugio Novezzina (Monte Baldo)

At Rifugio Novezzina, you can enjoy a pleasant time filled with nature, culture, art, and exquisite cuisine. This unique destination is a hub for preserving the environment and offers activities that promote physical and mental well-being. Explore the Botanical Garden with its diverse flowers, cultivated for conservation and research. On top of this, you can stargaze at the A. Gelodi Astronomical Observatory.

The Italian Coffee Guy

The Italian Coffee guy, also known as Stefano Duranti, is a prominent figure in the world of coffee. As an SCA barista, coffee connoisseur, and passionate enthusiast, he brings a wealth of expertise to the art of brewing and savoring coffee. With his dedication to the craft, Stefano shares not only a cup of coffee but also a journey through the rich and diverse world of this beloved beverage.

Piantagrossa (Donnas)

Piantagrossa offers a unique experience for wine enthusiasts and those looking to explore the flavors of the Aosta Valley. As one of the region’s younger wineries, Piantagrossa boasts deep-rooted traditions and a commitment to quality. They also offer tours that combine wine tastings and the opportunity to savor the best local products, offering a truly immersive and flavorful journey through the heart of this Italian wine haven.

About Susan Gravely

Susan Gravely is the Founder and the CEO of VIETRI, Inc., a lifestyle brand of Italian artisan-crafted dinnerware and home and garden accessories. VIETRI was founded in 1983 by Lee Gravely and her daughters, Susan and Frances, after a family trip to Italy where they fell in love with the colorful hand painted Italian dinnerware of the Amalfi Coast. Their company is now America’s largest Italian ceramics importing company, partnering with numerous Italian manufacturers in various regions throughout Italy. Currently, Susan oversees product design for VIETRI and lives in North Carolina with her husband, Bill, and dog, Franco.

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Adriana Suarez

Top 8 Editor

Based in Miami, I am the Contributing Editor for Live in Italy Magazine, and Public Relations Assistant and Social Media Account Manager at Allegory PR Services. I am currently a senior at Florida International University, and am majoring in public relations. In my free time, I love to bake; read; take photos; and make art. I am an avid lover of plants and have a wide collection of them. Passionate about traveling, I enjoy learning about cultures around the world. I have traveled all over Italy, more specifically: Rome, Venice, Sicily, Naples, Positano, Pisa, and Florence.

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