Welcome to October, the month that ushers in the fall season in its full glory. It is also the best month to enjoy nature’s shades of orange, brown, red and yellow, cosy fall sweaters, Halloween treats and pumpkin-spiced cakes!

This October, we offer several spectacular outdoor activities such as a visit to the Orticolario flower and landscape design exhibition, a trip to Tirano from St. Moritz on The Red Bernina Train, and a chance to experience a Castagnata/Chestnut Festival.

Not to mention, autumn is also a traditional period for gastronomy events here in Italy. So, let us enjoy a cooking class together and take advantage of a delicious lunch meal at an agriturismo on Lake Pusiano after a visit to the countryside.

We are also honoured to have our club member Debra Dolinski, a specialist in contemporary art, as our guide at Villa Panza. Villa Panza is situated on top of the Biumo Hill and overlooks the city of Varese, and it is an 18th-century mansion that is home to an American art collection from the 20th century.

I would like to add that we are also looking for volunteers to assist with our coffee mornings.
If you would like to join our team, please speak to any of our board members. I look forward to seeing you in costume at our special Halloween aperitif (There will be no entrance without a costume, so get creative.) and other events.

Sincerely yours,
Elena Markova

Quote of the month: “There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”― Nathaniel Hawthorne