Growing up in northern Wisconsin, November meant the onset of cold, short days, with a weak sun struggling to peek through bare trees. There, in the far north, November is a bleak, colorless landscape – only browns and grays. For me, it was always a difficult month because I experienced long bouts of (what my mom called) “the blues”.
Little did I know, at the time, that a different kind of November would one day replace my dreary memories with new ones – alive with color.
Here, in the heart of Italy, November is full of life. The autumn rains work their magic in the fields, and the new grasses and grains are greener than springtime.
Of course, medieval villages add drama to the autumn scene. From a distance, castles are surrounded by greens or autumn tones or fog – or all three. Up close, ancient windows and doors are adorned with brightly colored vines – so striking against the stone.
But, look, the morn, in russet mantle clad,
Walks o’er the dew of yon high eastward hill.
For me, it’s magical getting to know this different kind of November, one in which the “blues” have been replaced by so much color – particularly the vibrant greens.
Pamela Haack is an author, specialized travel consultant and founder of Off the Beaten Strada where she creates and hosts custom retreats in central Italy, for travelers who wish to be immersed in the history, culture and traditions of the region.
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