Heya, I'm looking at being in Tuscany, Italy from 1-16 October. This includes travelling around Lucca, Florence, Pisa and Arezzo. Apparently it's a good time for grape (wine) and chestnut harvesting season. Will be looking up homestay types (on vineyards would be great, in smaller towns). I need quiet scenery and nature. Sept/Oct good time and weather too apparently! Trying not to squeeze too much planning and will take it as it goes. Let me know if you're keen :)
Check out this link - http://www.knowital.com/events/html/oct_events.html.