You’ve planned your trip to Italy. You’ve booked your flights. Made your hotel reservations. Booked your activities. Everything is set – but what should you pack?
We’ve come up with this list of practical packing advice to help you narrow down what to bring, the things you need to buy before you leave and what you can safely leave behind. So along with the obvious things — like your passport, your phone, your money, your medicine, your toiletries — here are some of the other things to consider when drafting your packing list.
You’ll likely be surprised by how much time you'll spend on your feet in Italy, so arguably one of the most important things to pack is a practical and comfortable pair of walking shoes. Let’s permanently shelve the myth that says if you wear tennis shoes or trainers you’ll be pegged as a tourist. It simply isn’t true. Italians often wear athletic-ish footwear around town – though they opt for more fashionable styles (like a pair of Supergas, an Italian sneaker brand) rather than beat-up gym shoes.
Cobblestones can play havoc with heels and ankles and with so much to see, you’ll want to walk with ease. There are also places, like Cinque Terre, where sandals are forbidden.
Bottom line: make sure you pack a comfortable pair of shoes that will support walking a few miles on uneven terrain – you’ll be thankful you did.
Appearances matter in fashion-conscious Italy so casual chic is the way to go when eating out in city restaurants.
Many high-profile religious sites enforce dress codes, so if you want to get into St Peter’s Basilica or Venice’s Basilica di San Marco, play it safe and cover your shoulders, torso and thighs. A large scarf or wrap is always a versatile addition to navigate these issues (and can double as a blanket to keep you warm your flight).
Shorts, T-shirts and sandals are fine for sightseeing and relaxed beachside lounging. A hat can be a summer lifesaver, especially at the big archaeological sites where there’s often little shade. Sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent are a solid investment for the Italian summer.
Expect a few days of rain and cooler weather so along with cobblestone-friendly shoes with good tread, also pack a light sweater and waterproof jacket. Plan to dress like an onion and bring layers.
As the popular saying goes, there’s no bad weather, only bad clothing. You’ll need all your cold weather gear: a warm coat, scarf, hat and gloves. Pack warm layers and don't forget an umbrella – it can be wet.
Again go with layers – but this time, the kind you can shed if the weather is warm. Pack a light sweater or waterproof jacket. Mosquitoes emerge in March (bring repellent!).
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