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What to Wear in Italy

What to Wear in Italy

scarf / sunglasses / hat / sunscreen / crossbody bag / tank / day dress / loafers / shorts / sandals

 

What to Pack For Italy

Visiting Italy and don’t want to stand out like a tourist? I’ve got you covered! Here are some travel outfit suggestions and tips for packing for Italy. I visit Italy again and again since the country has so many great places to explore and would highly recommend visiting in May, when the crowds and heat haven’t quite gotten overwhelming!

For travel guides, check out my posts for Northern Italy, Cinque Terre and the Italian Lakes region. Or, plan your trip with this first timer’s guide to the best of Italy!

 



 

Italy Packing List

 

1. Conservative Day Clothes

Breathable Fabric | I packed a mix of dresses, long shirts and breathable tops to visit Italy in summer. My favorite places to shop for summer clothes are Nordstrom, ShopbopRevolve, H&M, Uniqlo and Mango. People in Italy dress quite fashionably and conservatively, even wearing long pants in the summer heat! I didn’t think I could do that so I packed long shorts and flowy skirts to breathe a little easier in Italy in June and July!

Cover Up | Make sure to pack a couple tops with sleeves and long skirts or capris – if you’re visiting any churches or the Vatican, you’ll need to cover up. If you forget, just bring a long scarf to tie around your waist or shoulders in a pinch!

Swimsuits | If you’re visiting Positano or Cinque Terre, pack a bathing suit! My go-to stores for bathing suits (both one pieces and bikinis) are Revolve, Nordstrom, Everything But Water, Abercrombie and Shopbop. They always carry the best range of colors and styles in every price range. I like to pack a mix of one piece swimsuits and bikinis that cover up but still have cut outs and color.

 

2. Comfortable Walking Shoes

I recommend a comfy sneaker for heavy walking days. Some cities have lots of cobblestone streets so a great travel shoe is important. I also bring a cushioned pair of flats or loafers to have something to wear to dinner or more casual days. If you have room, bring a cute sandal or espadrille too!

For loafers & moccasins, you can’t beat the quality of M.Gemi flats. I also love this pair from Jack Rogers. For a fashionable sneaker I love Golden Goose and Adidas while for slip on sneakers I like these Uggs and Dr. Scholl’s. You can check out my top picks for travel shoes here.

 

3. Accessories

Hat | Bring a wide brimmed hat to protect yourself from the sun!

Sunscreen | Chances are, you’ll be sunbathing in Italy or sightseeing in the strong afternoon sun. I like to bring both a facial sunscreen and all over body sunscreen. For the face, this Japanese brand is my hands down favorite – its non greasy, affordable and non-tacky without any scent. For the body, I love this broad spectrum sunscreen which smells like coconuts and leaves your legs nice and glowy.

 



 

4. Lightweight Luggage

Carry On Suitcase | Many hotels in Italy don’t have elevators (or small, slow moving elevators) so I recommend a lightweight suitcase, preferably carry on only. Raden makes the lightest suitcase I’ve tried while Calpak is an affordable, durable brand.

Packing Cubes | I swear by packing cubes! Once you try them, you’ll wonder how you ever did without. If you’re visiting multiple cities in Italy, these cubes will keep your clothes organized and your suitcase tidy. I keep one pouch for undies, one for worn clothes and then group outfits in the other cubes.

This inexpensive 4 piece packing cube set has nearly 6,500 glowing reviews while several travel blogger friends swear by this set from eBags. Personally I use a set from CalPak which I love. They’re machine washable for easy cleaning and if you have CalPak luggage – they’re perfectly sized for their carry on luggage pieces!

Travel Bottles | I use these bottles for shampoo and conditioner – you can use them to story anything, even skin care products. I also love this inexpensive yet stylish jewelry case to organize earrings, necklaces and any small items like bobby pins + hair ties!

 

5. Camera, Chargers & Travel Gear

Camera & Lenses | I bring a professional DSLR camera and a couple lenses to shoot all the photos you see on this blog. I also bring my spare battery, battery charger and extra SD cards. To keep everything organized, I use a memory card case and a travel accessories case so the wires, chargers and small things don’t get lost.

For underwater photos, I use a GoPro, backdoor floatie and dome. For video, I use a stabilizer and my iphone, along with an external battery. You can find all my gear here.

 

6. Souvenirs from Italy

If you’re looking to bring home some fun Italian souvenirs for friends and family, here are some ideas:

Leather Sandals | Local artisans will make sandals on the spot for you, mostly in southern Italy. They’re simple, cute and luxurious!

Olive Oil, Pesto, Balsamic Vinegar, Parmesan | Italy is known as one of the best culinary destinations in the world, so why not bring back some local specialties for those less fortunate friends and family members who stayed at home

 



 

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And that’s it! What will you bring to Italy?

 

Visiting Italy – Trip Planning Checklist

There’s so much to see and do in Italy that you can visit again and again and still discover new sights. I recommend concentrating on the big 4 cities (Rome, Venice, Milan & Florence) if it’s your first time and then coming back to explore either Northern Italy or Southern Italy in more depth. Check for flight deals to Italy here and expect crowds and higher prices in the summer. Each fall/winter I see pretty great fares to Milan!

A convenient way to explore Italy is via train. We booked our train tickets via Rail Europe as it’s an easy website to navigate and has great rates. They do charge a convenience fee so book all your train tickets in one go to avoid paying it multiple times. We found that popular train times sold out in high season, so you may have to split up your group and sit in different cars (Italy uses a train reservation system). Train tickets get more expensive the longer you wait so book in advance. Once in Italy, make sure you validate your ticket on the train platform before boarding!

Book your hotels in advance to save or check here for last minute deals. Many hotels in Italy are older so don’t be surprised if even 5 star accommodation feels slightly dated. Opt for a room with a view over breakfast, as Italians don’t eat breakfast in the same way Americans do. For them, breakfast is a standing espresso with perhaps a pastry!

Lastly, be sure to visit Italy with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, or an injury forces you to cancel all or part of your vacation, travel insurance will help when you need it most. I use and recommend World Nomads travel insurance.

 

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AllegraMay 28, 2018 - 8:53 am

Italy is the best place to travel if you want to wear some cute & chic outfits! Love the pieces you recommended!

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