It’s foliage time in several areas of the Planet, thus we are all preparing to watch our landscapes change from the summer bright green and the golden yellow of the crop fields into an incredible colour palette that neither the best painter of all times would be able to replicate as good as mother nature only can do.
In October 2011 I had been invited by some American friends to visit them in Vermont (USA) and I gladly accepted that invitation, not only because it gavee me the chance to see people I haven’t seen for long, but especially because their invitation fell during the “foliage”.
I stayed at a very small and quiet village called Brattleboro which is the point from where my friends took me around the area. They also taught me how to use Maple Syrup!!! They even took me to a factory in the middle of nowhere where I assisted the process of taking the syrup out of the maple trees, right in the woods and had a very big breakfast with scambled eggs, sausages, pancakes and a lot of maple syrup at the factory facilities.
It was the time reffered to by the locals as the “Indian Summer”, when the foliage is almost at its end but I have been lucky enough to still see quite a lot of leaves on the trees, thus I can imagine what the landscape looks like during full foliage. I knew the event was kind of a big attraction but didn’t understand how impressive it was until I personally experienced it. The thing is that vegetation is pretty different in North America from the one we have here in Europe, thus the change of the season also create a very different and unique landscape.
It’s autumn now in Italy, thus we also are experiencing the foliage. In my region, called Piedmont, located at the North West of the Country, at the borders with France and Switzerland, there is a big portion of the territory that is covered by vineyards and which was included by UNESCO among the world heritage sites, in 2012. It’s the so called “vineyard landscape of Langhe, Monferrato and Roero”. These are 3 hills ranges spanning from the centre to the south of the region, where the most well known Italian wine are produced, such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Moscato and many more.
In Summertime the landscape shows a very bright green
In autumn, the leaves start changing their colour, also covering a wide range spanning from bright yellow to dark red, depending on the kind of vites that is grown in each vineyard and, provided that most of the surface is actually covered by vineyards, the landscape starts looking like a painters’ palette too.
Autumn is a very good period to visit Langhe, Monferrato and Roero, first of all because it is harvest season so you can see all the people working hard in the vineyards and lots of tractors around the steep streets on the hills. Second of all because the landscape is even more beatiful than during summer.
There are several scenic views available on the Langhe and Monferrato hills. From my point of view the very best are from the village of Castiglione Tinella which overlooks both sides of the whole valley of the Langhe and the village of Albugnano, in the Monferrato area, which is placed in a blessed location which overlooks the whole Piedmont Region and its faomus vineyards up to the rice fields of Vercelli ….(but that is another story).
What about you? Did yiu ever experienced a foliage anywhere in the world? What’s your favourite?