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What does Autumn smell like? // Di cosa profuma l’autunno?

Smells, good ones, are as important as other senses attributes and most of the times can make memories even more intense and pleasant. It’s hard to describe them with words and in fact I thought it was impossible, but actually I did it when I described the smell of gumtree. And I think I did a decent job. If you want, Here’s the link to this post:
This time I’ll try to briefly describe the smell of Autumn, although it’s somehow more difficult because it’s not a single plant with a distinctive smell. Autumn can be relatively warm or relatively cold, depending on the month, and probably that’s also one of the beauties of this season. 

Autumn at the lake, Zürich (Photo credit:

When it’s warm the smell of the environment, of the nature sorrounding you is “enveloping”, it is kind of sweet but with a hint of “sour” at the end. Then you smell the trees “changing their clothes”, the leaves on the ground and still you feel and smell, through colourful notes in the air, its positive energy. Autumn is comforting. The smell is even more intense when you are in a forest or simply in a very “green” area in the city. 

Walking around Seefeld, Zürich (Photo credit:

When it’s cold, you often also smell the humidity of the fog, that penetrates your bones. It’s a pungent smell, that goes directly to your brain, of something burnt, maybe of coal as well, of wood, wet wood even sometimes when it’s not raining, of roastef chestnuts, of smoke, due to the chimneys working properly. And you feel like going inside right away, have a cup of tea or a hot chocolate. And here other good smells arise.  

Autumn view of the lake, Zürich (Photo credit:

  But it’s a season of reflection, of pondering, of planning for the future (yep, I still work on the old school calendar of the Northern hemisphere! :)), of organisation of oneself or one’s life, of teas and dinners with family and friends, of preparation towards the winter until the festivities and Xmas comes!

Autumn is a treasured jewel.

What does Autumn smell like for you?
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Autumn and sailing boats at the lake, Zürich (Photo credit:

L’olfatto e’ importante quanto gli altri sensi a mio parere. Profumi, odori rendono i ricordi piu’ intensi e spesso ci aiutano a ricordare e a rendere il tutto piu’ vivido.

E’ sicuramente difficile descrivere gli odori, ma non impossibile. Sono riuscita a descrivere il profumo dell’eucalipto (qui il link al mio articolo perche’ non potrei provarci anche con l’autunno? Anche se ovviamente e’ un po’ piu’ difficile non essendo una sola pianta. 

Autumn sky, Zürich (Photo credit:

 Nei giorni caldi d’autunno il profumo dell’ambiente circostante e’ avvolgente, e’ dolce ma ha anche un che di aspro alla fine. Poi senti il profumo degli alberi che si spogliano, delle foglie cadute, di note colorate nell’aria e della sua energia positiva. L’autunno da’ conforto. 
Il suo profumo e’ ancora piu’ intenso quando si e’ in una foresta o si e’ circondati da molta vegetazione nella propria citta’.  

Roasted chestnuts, Zürich (Photo credit:

 Quando fa’ freddo, si sente spesso l’odore dell’umidita’ della nebbia, che penetra nelle ossa. E’ un odore pungente che arriva dritto al cervello, che profuma di bruciato, forse di carbone, di legno, di legno bagnato anche quando non ha piovuto, di caldarroste, di fumo, dovuto qualche volta a camini ben funzionanti. E il primo pensiero e’ quello di rifugiarti al caldo da qualche parte per un te’ o una cioccolata calda. E li’ ancora altri profumi. 

View from the train of a rainy Autumn day, Zürich (Photo credit:

 E’ anche una stagione di riflessione, di pianificazione (si’, funziono ancora sul calendario delle scuole! :)), di riorganizzazione di se stessi e della propria vita, di attesa, di cene e te’ in casa con famiglia e amici, di preparazione all’inverno fino a quando non arrivano le feste e Natale! 

Red leaves, Zürich (Photo credit:

Insomma l’autunno e’ prezioso, l’autunno e’ una gioia! 

Di cosa profuma per te l’autunno?

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Milan born, I lived in the US although very briefly, Spain (Madrid), Australia (Melbourne) and now Zurich for an exciting new adventure! I'm a curious person, a traveller, a lover of languages and cultures, food, art & design, a marketer and about to become a jewellery designer. I also love traveling and sharing. Travelling is a Life Experience, and it also means new recipes, new styles, culture and so on... you'll find all my love for traveling and what it entails in this blog! I'll share my own real experiences with you so that you can get tips on Australia and more first hand! This blog is in English and Italian, and occasionally in Spanish. Sharing is caring!

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