What to Wear in Italy

Sightseeing in Venice in May

Sightseeing in Venice in May

Sicily in June

Sicily in June

Rome in July

Rome in July

The Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum, Rome

Florence in August

Florence in August

Venice in August

Venice in August

Pisa, in summer

Pisa, in summer

Pisa in October

Pisa in October

Rome in October

Rome in October

A flooded St Mark's Square, Venice, in November

A flooded St Mark's Square, Venice, in November

Pompeii in November

Pompeii in November

Venice in Winter

Venice in Winter

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General Packing Tips

  • Italians like to dress up and you will feel more comfortable in smart casual dress, particularly away from the tourist hotspots.
  • This is definitely a location to show off your designer labels if you wish.
  • Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime as there are loads of cobbled streets, plus religious sites and museums with wooden floors (try Hotter shoes, they provide total comfort and look great too).
  • If you are visiting the big cities leave your swimsuit at home it's very unlikely that you will find facilities to use it.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Feel free to be glamorous and stylish.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit. 
  • And a few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will also transform any outfit.
  • Save your high heels for the evenings.
  • When visiting restaurants our advice would be no sneakers; this is a time to get those glamorous sandals or shoes on. We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
  • If you are planning on visiting any religious sites then be sure to dress conservatively and take a pashmina to cover your shoulders and bare legs. It can also be very chilly inside the churches, even when it's hot outside.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • Feel free to be stylish.
  • When eating out or visiting the opera etc, opt for smart shoes.
  • If visiting churches it can be cold inside, even in the hot summer months - you may like to carry a light sweater or jacket to put round you.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • It can rain at any time and our advice would be to pack a lightweight raincoat and travel umbrella even in the summer.
  • During May, June, July, August and September the sun is fierce, so be sure to pack sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunhat and sunglasses.
  • In winter (December, January, February) dress up warmly, with layers and take a warm smart coat and warm scarf.
  • Clever layering is the key to dressing for changeable weather.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Regions of Italy

  • If you're heading to Pisa and want to climb the famous leaning tower, you'll definitely want comfy flat shoes to negotiate the 300 spiralling steps (which can be slippery). Some people find it strenuous and you may get dizzy. No bags or backpacks of any size are allowed in the tower - you'll need to leave them at the free bag drop point. Entrance is by ticket only and strictly time-controlled, so you may wish to book your slot in advance to guarantee entry - don't forget some photo ID for picking your ticket up when you arrive.
  • Pompeii is a popular day trip from Naples or Sorrento. It's well worth a visit, but be warned the site is vast and has almost no shelter or shade. In summer it's roasting (take a sunhat and cover up) and if it rains you will get wet (pack a hat and waterproof)! The terrain underfoot is dusty and uneven, with some large cobblestones which are quite hard to walk on and will be slippery if wet; comfy flat shoes are essential, and we'd suggest closed shoes are preferable to sandals. There is only one cafe near the entrance, but a few drinking water fountains are available at various points. You won't be allowed in with large backpacks or luggage, and if you want to hire an audio guide be prepared to leave some ID.
  • What to Wear in Rome
  • What to Wear in Sicily
  • What to Wear in Venice

Other Things To Pack

  • Be sure to pack your deodorant, as this can be hard to buy in Italy.
  • Take good insect/mosquito repellent to protect against mosquitoes by the sea.
  • Remember it is a legal requirement in Italy to carry some form of photo ID at all times. If taking your passport with you, a passport bunjee will help to keep it safe from pickpockets or loss.
  • Keep your mobile phone safe too with a phone bunjee.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized. You can use packing cubes to compress the volume too.
  • And a lightweight shoulder bag or day sack will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials. Note that some museums and galleries do not permit entry with large bags or backpacks, and there is not always a cloakroom facility.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Lace and glassware are popular buys from Venice, look for leather goods in Florence and fashion from Milan. If you choose to bring back Italian wine remember liquids need to be packed in your checked-in luggage, unless you buy at the airport.

Last updated 21 September 2016.

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  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

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  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

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