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Heading to Italy between December to March? Here’s what to bring to Italy in winter including clothes, shoes, and accessories! For more details, read our complete Italy Packing Guide!
What to Bring to Italy: Winter
Travel Fashion Help! Reader Asks:
Hi Ladies! I’ll be traveling around Italy (Turin, Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan) for two weeks this winter. Can you recommend any outfit combinations to keep me warm without taking up too much suitcase space?
Like other European destinations, the temperatures in Italy can fluctuate year-round and can vary hugely depending on where you visit. For some of the best advice on what to bring to Italy in winter, we asked our readers what they recommend putting in your suitcase.
For a complete guide, read our Italy Packing List!
Winter in Italy generally runs from November to March. During this time, temperatures can change dramatically.
While it’s not quite as cold in Italy as it would be in other European countries like Germany or Switzerland, the temperatures still drop low enough to make you want to wrap up as warm as possible.
Start by reading these general tips on packing for winter travel:
- Capsule Wardrobe for Winter
- How to Pack for Cold Weather
- How to Stay Warm in Cold Weather (without the bulk)
- The Best Travel Shoes for Winter
Around this time, the wind comes in from Siberia, which means there could be a huge wind chill, making you freeze your socks off if you aren’t prepared.
Keep checking the forecast before you go and adjust your travel wardrobe so you can dress for the different conditions. You could find yourself visiting snow covered sites, enjoying mild temperatures, or even sunny days.
Follow these tips on how to pack for cold weather!
Even if the forecast tells you it’s going to be sunny while you’re away, make sure you’re ready for colder climates as well. Pack extra layers and a warm, waterproof jacket like Columbia’s Kaleidoscope, which is ideal for winter weather and not too bulky.
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While you can buy clothes in Italy, you’re better off going with everything you need so you’re not caught unprepared. Throw in a pair of dark jeans as they are stylish and thick enough to keep your legs warm. For those who are really sensitive to the cold, pack merino wool thermals to wear under your clothes.
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Along with a waterproof coat, consider packing another lightweight jacket for a dressy evening out or warmer days. While it can be cold in Italy in the winter, some days may be sunny and warm, giving you the chance to shrug off the coat and slip into a lighter outfit. Be aware that the evenings will be a lot cooler than the daytime.
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When temperatures are milder, places like Rome and Florence are manageable with layers during the day and a lightweight coat at night. Adding a hoody or sweater underneath a leather jacket is an excellent way to add layers to your travel wardrobe.
Don’t forget that you can also add style and warmth to any outfit by adding accessories like hats, scarves, and gloves. If you’re constantly wearing dark colors, then these accessories can add some color to any winter outfit. Scarves are also useful for covering up if you’re going into any religious buildings. For more details, read this post on what to wear to the Vatican.
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When thinking about footwear, the most important thing to remember is comfort and waterproofing. Like other European countries, Italy’s streets are paved with cobblestones, making sightseeing painful if you’re not wearing the right shoes.
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Unless you’re going on a hike, leather ankle boots are an absolute must for an Italian winter vacation as they are waterproof, sturdy, and can be dressed up for an evening out.
For drier days, consider a pair of comfy sneakers so you can enjoy the sites without having foot pain. Our readers voted these as the most popular walking shoes for Europe.
More Tips from our Readers:
- Traveling to Italy in the winter is the best way to avoid the crowds.
- Pack an umbrella for rainy days.
- Keep an eye on your valuables if you’re in a crowded area.
- Make the most of the train links to get around.
- There is so much to do in Italy, so plan ahead!
What are your tips on what to bring to Italy in winter? Share in the comments!
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For more tips on packing for Italy, please read:
- Ten-Step Packing Guide for Italy
- Italy Packing List
- Learn How to Dress in Rome
- Best Travel Shoes for Italy
Suggested travel resources:
- Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring
- Lonely Planet Italy (Country Guide)
- Travel Shoes for Europe
- The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe