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Wondering what to wear in Rome Italy? We’ve got the do’s and don’ts of what to add to your Rome packing list when visiting this fabulous city. Keep reading to learn more!
What to Wear in Rome
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When in Rome, do as the Romans! The best way to dress appropriately when visiting a new city is by taking a look at what the locals are wearing. Review this comprehensive Travel Fashion Girls advice on fashion in Rome and what to wear when visiting this beautiful city during the summer.
Ejoyed a fun Airbnb experience in Rome with a photographer doing a photo sesh, and this was my outfit: H&M Jeans, Noella Ruffle One Shoulder Top, Madewell Sun Hat, and Coach Sandals (similar)
To enjoy your stay in the Eternal City, you need to pack the right clothes so you can comfortably enjoy all the beautiful Italian sights.
Travelon Anti-theft Signature 3 Compartment Crossbody Bag | Lo&Sons Pearl Crossbody Purse
What do People Wear in Rome? Italy Clothing Style
The most important thing to remember about Rome fashion trends, is that they’re more than likely going to be very similar to what’s popular at home and in other parts of the world.
Deciding on your Rome style and figuring out what to wear in Italy overall should be about balancing comfort, practicality, and your personal style. When you feel good you look good and confidence is the most important thing you can pack.
Generally speaking, Italian style is more dressy than American style, but this DOES NOT mean business attire. The easiest way to put together polished travel outfits for Rome is to start with well-fitted basics and add tasteful jewelry with well groomed hair and makeup.
The secret to a polished “European” look is for your clothing to fit your body well. Choose clothing that isn’t overly snug or loose. You can achieve this by tailoring things such as jeans, tees, and dresses. It’s the small details such as tailoring and accessories that will elevate your Rome outfits.
Learn more about how to create a capsule wardrobe, which can easily fit in a carryon suitcase with the help of packing cubes!
Eileen Fisher Organic Linen & Cotton Top | J.Crew Fresco Top in Soft Gauze
Tips for What to Wear in Rome
There are three main things to keep in mind when planning what to wear in Rome:
1. The weather in the summer is scorching hot. You might find yourself so overwhelmed by the heat that all concept of style goes out the door in desperation to stay cool.
Always Google the expected weather averages for each destination in advance, two weeks before a trip and the week of. Remember, mother nature is not predictable, and not all countries in Europe have the same weather – just as all the cities and states in the USA don’t have the same weather.
Choose pretty but practical clothing in breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, and rayon. The best clothes to wear in Rome in summer are dresses. Specific suggestions below.
These are our readers tips on how to stay cool in the heat.
2. While there isn’t a “Rome dress code”, when visiting religious sites like the Vatican please plan for modest clothing. You should cover your shoulders and knees.
However, if you’re traveling in summer, you likely won’t want to cover up in the heat. The easy solution: an airy dress that covers your knees. Store a light layer in your purse, like a thin cardigan, a casul-chic blazer, or travel wrap, so you can throw it on when you enter the site.
Read this post to find out exactly what to wear to the Vatican.
Taos Trulie Walking Sandal | Vionic Aura Paisley Lace Up Sneaker
3. The cobblestone streets are brutal. Those cute strappy sandals or fabulous heels you planned to wear in your Instagram pics in front of the Colosseum? Forget them.
When it comes to Rome in the summer, most travelers had one of two looks: cute dress and sandals or cute dress and trainers. My guess is that by the end of their first day sightseeing they quickly realized they wouldn’t be able to continue unless they wore more practical shoes.
Comfortable white sneakers are a highly popular shoe choice for locals and travelers, as the trend is still going strong in most of the world. They’ve become a footwear staple, and they’ve been popular for years now.
In addition, Rome street fashion in the summer encompasses combat boots or other mid-calf boots are a secondary option paired with dresses. It becomes a personal decision to wear boots, but given the heat levels in Rome during the summer, you’re better off allowing feet to breathe, so comfy sneakers or cushioned sandals is better to pack.
While it can be tempting to mimic Rome street style, it’s best to always plan for comfort!!! These are the most cute and comfortable sightseeing shoes to wear in Rome.
Taos Footwear Plim Soul Lux Sneaker | Sorel Ella II Sandals
The last thing you’ll care about after a long, hot day of walking around Rome is whether or not your shoes are fashionable! When your feet hurt, nothing else matters, so plan strategically from the start. Plan for tired feet and consider the 90+ degree heat when you plan what to wear in Rome in summer.
Also, while ballet flats are cute, don’t make these your main sightseeing shoe!
Here are some ideas of practical yet fashionable shoes to wear when tackling cobblestones in Europe!
What to Pack for Rome: Clothing
Take the above items into consideration when planning your Rome packing list and deciding how to dress in Rome. Now, let’s address some detailed packing suggestions.
Gevomir Summer Halter Dress Sizes S-XXL
Dresses are a top choice when it comes to traveling, especially when you’re deciding what to wear in Rome!
- Wearing Rome dresses is stylish, so you instantly feel polished and dressed up.
- You don’t have to worry about mixing and matching; they’re an all-in-one outfit.
- The right dress can keep you fresh and cool in the oppressive summer heat of Rome (or any destination)!
Quince Washable Stretch Silk Tiered Maxi Dress Sizes XS-XL
The key to choosing the right dresses is all in the fabric. For summertime, avoid fabrics like polyester and opt for breathable styles in various lengths in rayon, cotton, viscose, and linen.
Specifically, linen dresses is the most airy pick, because they wick away moisture and are highly breathable in the heat.
Start by reading these general tips on packing for summer travel:
- Capsule Wardrobe for Summer
- Top Summer Dresses Perfect for Europe
- Lightweight Jackets for Easy Layers
- Best Walking Shoes for Europe’s Cobblestone Streets
As you plan what to wear in Rome, make sure you pack at least one dress that falls below your knees so you can wear it to the Vatican, looking respectful but feeling fresh. Whether it’s a maxi (long length) dress or a midi dress that falls just below your knees, choose a classic cut that doesn’t scream beach.
Another popular dress type is dresses with pockets. While small pockets are not recommended for storing valuable items, they can hold non-essentials and overall, pocket dresses emit a retro feel (think Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday!).
Want more inspiration? Take a look at these summer maxi dresses!
Jescakoo Summer Casual Wrap V Neck Dress Sizes S-XXL
Packing for Rome can be very simple. If you’re traveling for one week, just pack seven dresses! Talk about a minimalist, feminine, and SIMPLE capsule wardrobe! After experiencing the blistering June heat in Rome, I’d now choose to only pack airy dresses on a summer trip.
For added versatility, these are popular convertible travel dress styles!
Eddie Bauer Departure Easy Tank Dress Sizes S-3X
Choose whatever length of dress is most comfortable for you, but don’t forget the secret is all in the fabrics. Sleeveless styles will offer the most comfort in the heat.
What it comes to colors, dresses can be more more playful in design and shades, but a classic white dress and LBD (little black dress), are both timeless and add instant chic to your Rome look. As long as the materials are breathable, you’ll be able to walk around in comfort and style!
If you like dresses but hate the dreaded chub rub, find solace in these thigh chafing products!
Strapless bras don’t work for you? Have you ever had a bra fitting? It’s life changing NO MATTER your size! Knowing your right bra size can open up many new clothing options. Learn more!
Tommy Bahama Two Palms High Waist Linen Pants Sizes XS-XL
If you’re not a fan of long skirts, dresses, or rompers, bring trousers that you know you’ll be comfortable wearing in the heat. Avoid jeans and opt for lightweight capris or wide leg linen trousers that are breathable in the heat.
Always check the weather before your trip to determine the expected highs and lows in the forecast, which will impact your decisions for what to wear in Rome. This will give you an accurate idea of whether you need to bring trousers to wear in Rome. If the temperature in the day or night seems like it will be cool during your trip, bring one pair of pants.
Start by reading these general tips on packing for spring travel:
- How to Pack for Trips with Mixed Weather
- How to Layer a Summer Dress for Spring
- How to Pack for Europe in Spring
- Best Shoes for Traveling in Spring and Fall
Charter Club Women’s Linen Capri Tie-Waist Pants Sizes XS-XXL
Even if you don’t plan to wear pants during your trip, you may want to wear a pair to travel to and from Rome from your destination. In this case, wear a pair of comfortable pants for flying that you could also wear in the city if needed.
While you may love leggings travel, consider a ponte knit pant or something comfortable and chic such as the J.Jill Wearever Slim-Leg Pants or the Perfect Pants from Spanx.
If you’re looking for the best black travel pants, here’s what our readers favorite styles!
Quince Washable Stretch Silk Sleeveless Blouse Sizes XS-XL
It can be difficult to find summer tops that look city- versus beach-ready. However, the key is to choose neutral colors in classic shapes and styles that can be paired with detailed, structured, or colorful bottoms.
Bring along a few basics you can mix and match with anything, like a timeless white v-neck tee or a sleeveless well-fit blouse. Avoid logo t-shirts and choose comfortable but polished tops that fit properly, look simple yet are effortlessly chic.
Speaking of fitting clothes properly, one of the only major differences between European and American clothing styles overall is tailoring. In the US, we expect clothing to fit us out of the box, whereas in Europe, people are more likely to get their clothes tailored.
When clothes fit properly, they look more refined, regardless of their price tag. Even if an item is designer or expensive, it will look “frumpy” on someone if it doesn’t fit well. While getting something tailored seems like an age-old practice in Europe, modern roman fashion still adheres to this and it shows in the surrounding beauty of the people and landscapes!
Tip: I had brought two jumpsuits and had the straps shortened in the USA, and one of the straps came undone. I went inside a Zyp tailor in Rome, and not only did she fix this and secure all the straps within minutes, but she also didn’t charge me because she said the job was so easy! If you have tailoring to do and have time, it’s worth a visit to get something tailored while you’re there!
Madewell Drapey Crewneck Tee Sizes XXS-4X
If you’re traveling for one week, then plan for seven outfits. In this case, if you plan to bring dresses, just subtract seven with the number of dresses you plan to pack and then you know how many tops you need.
For example, if you plan to bring four dresses, then you only need three tops and one or two bottoms to make seven days’ worth of outfits .
Likewise, if you plan to bring two dresses, then you’ll need five tops plus two or three bottoms so you can have a unique outfit every day of the week without needing to do laundry.
Read our four custom capsule wardrobe guides for a more thorough breakdown!
Tommy Bahama Long-Sleeve Coastalina Linen Shirt Sizes XXS-XL
Also available on Nordstrom
For tops, bring at least one light long sleeve that you can layer over the other tops on a cooler day or during your visit the Vatican. The rest of your tops should be breathable, to keep you cool.
Avoid any blouses that need under layers–you want to keep your clothing as far away from your skin as possible, especially on humid days. Linen shirts and moisture wicking tops can help keep moisture at bay due to their ability to draw away sweat, so you won’t overheat or feel sticky and gross.
Loveappella Faux Wrap Top Sizes XS-XL
Choose neutral colors that can mix and match with all your skirts or pants so you can wear them interchangeably to make various outfits.
Did you know you can make three weeks’ worth of outfits with just eight to ten pieces of clothing? Learn how here!
J.Crew Gwyneth Slip Skirt Sizes XXS-3X
If you’re not much of a dress person and prefer separates that can mix and match, then a skirt is perfect, so definitely bring it to Rome! Like dresses, choose summer-appropriate fabrics like rayon, cotton, silk, and linen.
For added versatility, these are popular convertible travel dress styles!
ZESICA A Line Maxi Skirt with Pockets Sizes S-XL
If you only pack one skirt, choose one that can be worn with all your tops, for maximum versatility.
The easiest way to pair separates is to choose solid, neutral color tops and a printed or solid color skirt to match. Unless you’re a pattern pro, avoid too many prints and colors in both tops and bottoms.
This is a list of the most recommended travel skirts!
Spanx AirEssentials Jumpsuit Sizes XS-3X
A wonderful alternative for your Rome outfits is a jumpsuit or romper. These are great because you have the convenience of wearing shorts without feeling like you’re dressed inappropriately in a stylish city like Rome.
The main thing to remember when choosing what to wear in Rome is to avoid items that are overly casual. Look for structured fabrics. In this case, a polyester (or other synthetic) blend would usually be dressier than an all-cotton style.
If you’re looking for the best women romper for travel, here’s a selection of outfits that are perfect for your next adventure!
Madewell Linen-Blend Sophie Tank Wide-Leg Jumpsuit Sizes S-XL
We recommend a classic, neutral color romper that looks dressy, comfortable, and casual at the same time.
Learn how to style a romper for travel with shoes and accessories!
Madewell Reistor Evening Chai Jumpsuit Sizes XS-XXXL
Don’t want to show your legs? Rompers come in all pant lengths! You can wear a long romper instead of a maxi dress if you feel more comfortable. Stay away from polyester when your legs are covered and look for rayon or viscose styles instead.
Read these tips on how to avoid a boring all-black wardrobe when you travel!
What to Pack for Rome: Shoes
Comfortiva Pacifica Strappy Sandal Sizes 6-12 also available in wide sizes
Comfortable Sightseeing Sandals for Summer
One unexpected issue that many travelers discover once they get to Europe are the cobblestone streets.
While great to look at, stone streets aren’t always the easiest to walk on and can make for sore feet even if you don’t normally have discomfort. Depending on the city, these streets can also be hilly, slippery when wet, and uneven.
Wearing comfortable sandals is important for the above reasons, but the cobblestones can also dig into your feet and the exertion can cause them to feel fatigued (it actually takes a bit of effort to walk on them, if you aren’t use to it!).
The best women’s sandals have support, cushion, and even some traction as you navigate the Rome streets.
Clarks Annadel Eirwyn Wedge Sandal Sizes 5-12 available in wide sizes
Wedges, not Heels to Dress Up
In addition, we all love to dress up, but avoid heels because they’ll leave you feeling uncomfortable. Opt for wedges if you must bring a heel. Do include one pair of shoes and one outfit that can be worn for dining out or experiencing the local nightlife.
Allbirds Wool Pipers Sizes 5-11
Versatile Sneakers for Rome
While wearing sneakers are popular all year round, they’re particularly perfect for fall and spring months, because they can dressed up or down, worn with wide leg jeans or dresses, and can handle a trip to Collessum or the Vatican with ease.
Slip on sneakers are easy to wear and super stylish, while classic white sneakers and black sneakers can be matched with any outfit. You can also opt for more fashion sneakers that still have good support and cushion for the cobblestones.
Alternatively, if you’re visiting when there might be the occasional thunderstorm, wearing waterproof sneakers can keep your feet dry and protected!
Popular shoe options for what to wear in Rome include (click each item below for suggested styles):
- Ankle Boots for spring and autumn
- Ballet Flats to dress up or for warm weather
- Waterproof Boots for rain and snow
- Comfortable Sightseeing shoes for year round visits
- Cute Comfortable Summer Sandals
Read this post about the how to choose the best walking shoes for Europe.
Rome Traveling Tips
One of our biggest travel tips for any destination is to buy either a print or digital guidebook. They help you plan your itinerary, give you insight on where to stay, and even give you facts about the historical sites, too.
These are a few popular Italy guidebooks:
Learn more about why I still use travel guides!
For accommodation, we love Airbnb for accommodation in Italy and other parts of Europe. Sign up here for a free $40 credit!
I prefer to to book “the entire home” instead of opting for shared accommodation on Airbnb. Aside from safety, I also like to feel like I’m living in the destination. It’s a small taste of local life plus you get more amenities than you would at a hotel such as a kitchen and washing machine.
Read these Airbnb tips for more info!
If you prefer the convenience and comfort of a hotel room, I like using both Agoda.com and Hotels.com. Tip: Hotels.com gives you a free night for every ten nights you book!
For flights, I like booking through Travelocity or Cheapoair (whichever one’s cheapest). Although I prefer Travelocity because they have a 24 hour money back guarantee.
To maximize your vacation time, fly into the city where you’re starting your trip and out of the city where your trip ends. Many times it’s the same price and saves you from having to spend extra time and money to go back to where you started your trip.
For hostels, we recommend Hostelworld and Hostelbookers. Always read the reviews before booking to get the best idea if the hostel is right for you. Some are quiet and family friendly while others are known for their party atmosphere.
Not sure about staying at a hostel? Read this.
I felt so fortunate to have been hosted by two tour companies in Rome and I had an incredible experience with both of them.
I did a Rome City Tour and a VIP Vatican Tour with Roman Guy tours. Not only were there were only 3 people on my Vatican tour versus the groups of 25-50 around us but my guide Nina was a local fashionista. I also got to skip the massive lines and enter the Vatican one hour before the public!
The other company that hosted me was Eating Europe (the have an Italy tour). They gave me a complimentary Twilight Trastevere Tour and a Cooking Class with Nina. TFG readers and I both loved their tours! Read my reviews here and here.
In fact, I also did a tour with them in London. It was so amazing!
A fun thing to do is a photoshoot in this romantic, sweeping city. I booked three photoshoots through Airbnb Experiences and my favorite experience was with Roma Portrait. Here’s her Instagram to peek at some of the gorgeous photo sessions she captures!
Disclaimer: we only work with companies that we think our readers would like and only feature them on the blog if we like them. If we don’t, we apologize and tell them we can’t feature them. Our readers’ best interest is always top priority!
Shopping in Rome
If you find you have left behind an essential, or need to add to your travel wardrobe, don’t panic. Italy is the cradle of fashion and all of the biggest brands are located in every city. Stores like H&M and Zara are highly fashionable, with a wide range of clothes.
Not only that, if you’ve forgotten something essential like contact lenses or even medications, the pharmacies in Rome have you covered. I managed to get my contact lenses and some vital medication during my time there without problem.
Italian department stores such as Coin and La Rinascente can be handy when looking for quality items. You can also find designer outlet stores in major shopping destinations, too!
For a fun excursion, I bought a beautiful royal blue jumpsuit at a store called Class. I thought it looked great when I walked out of the fitting room, but the sales lady quickly styled it up properly – the Italian way. Much better!
Tip: I love shopping at Zara in Rome and Paris because they have THE best options, so much better than what they offer in the US. In Paris, I go to every location I see and still love and wear the things I purchased years ago. This is also my favorite place to buy linen. Shop Zara linen clothing!
Please read this 10-Step Italy Packing Guide for more tips on what to wear in Rome.
What’s on your Italy packing list? What would recommend for what to wear in Rome? Share in the comments below!
Please note: Most of Europe’s budget airlines have this carryon bag allowance: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm. Always check your airline’s individual baggage rules and regulations in advance.
For more Rome and Italy packing list, please read:
- What to Pack for Rome: Pretty, Practical, and Prepared
- My 10 Piece Packing List for 10 Days in Paris and Rome in Summer
- Learn How to Dress in Rome with the Experts from Eating Italy
- What to Wear in Italy
- 9 Tips on How to Dress in Italy
- 10 Step Packing Guides Italy
- Packing for Italy: a Northern Italian Summer
- The Ultimate Fashion Guide for Your Trip to Italy in Summer
- The Best Travel Shoes for Italy to Avoid Looking Like a Tourist
- What to Bring to Italy in Winter: Clothes Shoes and Accessories
For more tips on Europe packing lists, please read:
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
Please read our Ultimate Packing List for Europe featuring stylish outfits and travel tips for 9 countries.
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You have the best advice. I am able to pack compactly and feel like I look good and am prepared for any situation. Thank you TFG.
Thank you for this list AND for being body inclusive! Packing for Italy is now less overwhelming. I am so inspired to take less and maximize my clothing. Carryon for three weeks didn’t seem possible before I joined this group. Now it seems like I should have be doing it all along! Thank you
We will be in Rome for Good Friday – Easter and will be attending at least one service in the Vatican. Are there any special dress code stipulations during this time other than to have knees covered?
Hi Ruthanne, we do have some more tips here that might help: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/what-to-wear-to-the-vatican/
To get the best advice, I would highly recommend that you join our TFG facebook group and post your question there: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelfashiongirls/ It’s a fabulous community of helpful female travelers that love to share their travel advice and recommendations and I am sure someone in the community will have been at the same time of year.
Have an amazing time on your travels!
I’m traveling to Venice, Sorrento and Rome the later part of March 2019. Is white acceptable then.
Hi Gloria, if you feel comfortable wearing white and usually wear it at home then pack your white clothing! If you are packing white jeans then they are great for when the weather is warm. If you are concerned about wearing white then classic blue jeans are more versatile. Have a look at this article on how to choose the best jeans for travel: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/how-to-choose-the-best-jeans-for-travel/ Also this article might help you decide about wearing white: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/how-to-wear-white-clothes/ Hope this all helps. Have an awesome trip!! 🙂
We walked over 10 miles per day when we were in Rome. I can’t imagine doing so in any of those shoe, skirt, or short dress options.
I am travelling to Rome by the end of September with my husband & 2 kids (9 months & 2 years)
Can you please advise what kind of clothes would be appropriate to combat the weather at that time period.
I am confused how cold it is in there. Will a collar coat be enough or do I need to get winter jackets? I really don’t wanna overdo my attire and luggage weight to be minimized.
Hi Rangana, the best way to be prepared is to check the weather forecast on weather.com before you go. These are additional tips for Rome:
Hiya I’m traveling to Rome late July/beginning of August will this guide be appropriate for this time of year as well?
Yes it is 🙂
I will be in Rome for 2 days in September. What are the must sees?
Thanks for this post. I will be traveling to Amalfi Coast and Rome next October. Will it still be very hot? And are white jeans ever appropriate? I live in Southern California so I am thinking the weather won’t be all that different and I can wear whatever I do at home.
I love wearing white while traveling! October is shoulder season so it may be warm during the day and cool in the evenings, I’d pack for both options! Enjoy your trip!
several boys on a college football team will be traveling throughout Italy in May, the are 6’7″ and 300 lbs. How can they dress and not look too much like tourists.
Hi Jody, you’ll find a few tips at the end of this post: https://travelfashiongirl.com/what-to-wear-in-italy-dress-like-a-local/ Just make sure to check the weather before you go 🙂
Hi,i am travelling to Rome next week. What clothes do you thing are appropriate for this time of the year? Thanks a lot! xx
Hi Elena! Here’s our ten step packing guide for Italy: https://travelfashiongirl.com/10-step-packing-guides/10-step-packing-guide-italy/ Don’t forget to check the weather before you travel! Have a great trip 🙂
Hi. I am travelling to Rome by the end of this month. Can you please advise what kind of clothes would be appropriate to combat the cold? I am confused how cold it is in there. Will a collar coat be enough or do I need to wear winter jackets? I really don’t wanna overdo my attire. Thanks.
Hi Maria, take a look at these tips on how to dress for cold weather:
Have a great trip!
I am going to Rome this September…I want to bring tennis shoes that do not make me look like a tourist…obviously ;). How do you feel about Vans slip on shoes? Also, are Convrese okay or should I just purchase some Superga’s? I really appreciate you advice!
Hi Gina! Supergas are very similar to Vans and Converse so I think they should be fine. The clothing you wear with them is probably a bit more important than the shoes themselves. For example, wearing a well-fit tailored outfit with Vans is better than pairing them with cargo shorts and a t-shirt 😉
Here are more tips for Italy: https://travelfashiongirl.com/10-step-packing-guides/10-step-packing-guide-italy/
I hope you have a great time!
I’m going to Rome this summer for the wedding and tacking on a few days in the city for sightseeing. I’m wondering if you can clarify what to wear at St. Peter’s Basilica/the Vatican? It’s number one on my list of things to see and I would hate to get turned away! I understand the covered shoulders, but is a skirt showing some leg appropriate? Below knee length? Just go with light pants that day? I know it’s going to be hot! Thanks for your help.
Hi Lauren, here’s your answer: https://travelfashiongirl.com/what-to-wear-to-the-vatican/
I am currently in Rome and just got back from the Vatican and Basilica a few minutes ago. Granted the weather is very hot, but both women and men were showing their knees in shorts and skirts. Women were also showing their shoulders only some women had scarves covering their shoulders but a number of women were not covered . I never saw a single person turned away.
Thanks for sharing this 🙂 Generally speaking, when entering religious sites modesty should be considered, however depending on varying factors this may or may not be enforced or practiced!
I know that religious places/ museums have strict clothing rules. What would those be specifically and what are some easy things to bring with to cover up.
I will be in Italy from June 27-July 11 going from Venice to Florence to Rome to Praiano (Amalfi coast). I know it will be hot so I’m looking for easy cover-up solutions so I don’t have to bee dying from the heat all day when not in areas restricting clothing. Thanks!
Hi Alyssa, the easy option when visiting museums and religious sites is to just add a layer when you walk inside such as a scarf or cardigan for your shoulders. A comfortable and cool maxi skirt is great for your legs. Have a fun trip!
Hi, I’m 19 and traveling to Rome next week for three nights. I dress quite formally in the day, dresses, tights, leather trousers, flat and heeled boots. Usually I’d wear a dress and heels at night for an evening meal and drinks but was wondering what was appropriate for most restaurants at night at this time of year?
Hope you can help, thanks 🙂
Hi Olivia, dressier is always better than too casual. I’d usually suggest to skip heels for day time and choose shoes you’d feel comfortable walking on for up to eight hours at a time. You sound like you’ll look great just check the weather forecast asap to ensure your clothes and shoes will work: http://www.bbc.com/weather Also, read this guide on how to walk in heels in Rome: https://travelfashiongirl.com/walking-in-heels-italy/ Have a great trip!
This is brilliant information, thank you for your help!! 🙂
Thank you Olivia!
I am traveling to Italy (Rome, Venice, Florence) in June. I have designer bags and was wondering if I should take one on this trip or am I better opting for a no name cross body bag? I should also mention I am on a tour group and are travelling private charter.
Looking forward to Italy!
Hi Angela! I think you’ll find that many locals will be wearing designer bags. After all, so many incredible designers and brands are from Italy.
I was told that it’s less the brand of the bag itself but more the opportunity. Remember, if you leave any bag designer or not loosely slung on your shoulder, unclosed, or hanging over the back of a chair it can easily get stolen. Take a look at these tips for more ideas on how to keep your valuables safe while traveling:
Whichever bag you choose to take just be mindful of what’s inside and where you put it on your trip. Have a wonderful time in Italy 🙂
I am going to Rome December 26th and I am really confused on what to bring this time of year over there. any suggestions? Thanks!
Hi Ash! This should help:
Hello, I am hoping you can help me! I am going to Rome in a few days (very excited) and have seen a really nice dress but it shows a little (breast), do you think this is okay to wear in the evening to bars? Or are the bars more casual?
Hi Lucy! It all depends on what type of bars you go to. There are dressy and casual bars everywhere. However, general dress in Rome is not as casual as the US. It’s classy chic.
Hi. I’m going to Rome in November for three weeks, and probably will visit Amalfi Coast as well. I was thinking to get a pair of Hunter Boots (Rainy Boots), since it’ll be rain and wet most of the time. Is it something that people normally wear there? Thanks 🙂
Hi Emma! Great question. I’m going to post it on Facebook page to get you more feedback. Keep an eye for replies this Sunday. In the mean time, maybe this post would help give you some other ideas for waterproof footwear: https://travelfashiongirl.com/womens-waterproof-boots-for-winter/
Hi! Thanks for your blog! I am traveling to Rome and the Amalfi coast next week, Oct 21-29. I am not sure if I should bring autumn wear (I live in New England) or more summer type attire. Can you help? I am 50 years old but like to think I am stylish – I am from NYC. We are staying at very nice hotels. I was thinking of jeans, leggings, knee high boots and ankle boots for daytime. Are autumn sweaters a good choice or should I stick with long sleeve blouses? I am going to bring a nice leather jacket. Thanks for your help
Hi Jen Sorry to have missed your comment! Did you have a chance to check the weather before your trip? The best way to know if you should dress for summer or fall is to go on weather.com and take a look at the extended forecast. Hope you had a great trip!
ive bought a beautiful backless, long red dress for a night out for my 21st, but I’m worried about the whole skin-showing malarkey there. I know they’re strict in religious places such as the Vatican and places of worship but I’m not sure about other places?
Bit worried 🙁
Hi Rachel, don’t worry! Your dress will be fine. Bring along a cardigan or scarf you can wrap around your back an shoulders when entering places of worship. Don’t forget comfy shoes! Have fun 🙂
Great article! How would you alter these suggestions for a trip lasting between 3-6 months?
You wouldn’t! You just need to do laundry. Check out these tips on long term travel: https://travelfashiongirl.com/packing-list-for-long-term-travel/
I’m going to Rome in a few days and I’m so excited! Thank you for this list.
Ciao ciao! 🙂
That’s great, have a blast!
I would also pack a clothes for the rainy wether also :),even in the summer you can have the misfortune to have a lot of rain….
Thanks for the tip. 🙂
Thank you so much! I am about to go to Rome this mid-March 2014.
I know the weather varies a bit at this time of year, but since you’ve been taking care of the rain A LOT lately, I’m hoping you’ll have much earned sun by then!
Could you recommend appropriate clothing? My guess is long pants (hopefully ankle length), flats and cardigans/light jackets….do you agree?
Thanks so, so much!
I would check the weather closer to the time as the weather varies in different parts of Italy. I would still plan to pack warmly so take layers and ankle boots or a warm show. Have fun!
I’m a 13 year old girl, going to Italy for about a month (northern italy) and staying with family? This is during summer break. Please make a packing list for a long vacation there, in the summer? Thank you 🙂
Hi there! You can use this packing list for summer in Italy: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/what-to-wear-in-italy-dress-like-a-local/
This was really good! So if I pack a pair of, pretty slim and short, jeans shorts it’s OK? Will I get “bad” eyes on me, or is it accepted there? I was in Budapest, Turkey, last year and the people there DID NOT like the shorts…
I’ll go ahead and post your question on Facebook. Thanks!
I wore shorts when I visited Turkey too no one gave me looks. When you’re visiting foreign countries it’s usually not a good idea to wear booty shots 🙂
thanks for the tip!
Hi! I’m cruising Italy in November on my honeymoon. Need to know how to dress for day trips. I hear November can be one of the rainiest months for Italy. I was told the people there really dress up and if you wear tennis shoes it will be really obvious you are a tourist. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated especially the shoes. 😉
Hi Linda, I’ll go ahead and post your question on Facebook to get some reader feedback for you 🙂
I live in Italy, the list is almost complete, but you need also a pair of sunglasses, total black will be perfect, and a pair of hell or an elegant flat like this http://www.michelenegri.com/en/shop/woman/5/shoes/25/ballerinas.. you need it during the night time and also a clutch !!!
Thank you for your approval and tips 🙂
Is travel in late September still “summer” travel in Rome?
Per this article https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/what-to-wear-in-italy-dress-like-a-local/ it states Autumn travel is similar to Spring. thanks!
Thank you so much- I just spent two weeks Roma- packed perfectly- weather was a bit cold- so only got to wear sundress once. Had only a carry on and still had room for 2 new pairs of shoes and some souvenirs on the flight home…
Black is essential in Rome…
Most worn outfit- jean jacket. T shirt. Jeans. El naturalista boots. big shades. light scarf- for colour…I took converse but they were not comfy on the cobble roads.(really felt like I was off roading – so make sure carry on has good wheels).
It’s great to hear that you packed perfectly! Thank you for the feedback and the comment 🙂
This is a FUN site!!! I am planning a “Staycation” for my Goddess group and our country of choice was Italy……………..LOVIN’ IT!!!!!
Thank you Karen! That sounds like fun 🙂
I’ve been looking for a cardigan/blazer just like the gray one in the picture! Can you tell me where I can find that one?
Hi Heidi! The one pictured is the BRUNELLO CUCINELLI relaxed fit cardigan and although now sold out, it was originally on: farfetch.com/shopping/women/brunello-cucinelli-relaxed-fit-cardigan-item-10238227.aspx
Thanks for reading!
Check out Nordstroms…bobeau sweater
This was very helpful! I’ll be soliciting the help of Lucia’s article in conjunction with the classic packing list for my upcoming trip to Italy for a few months. This saved me!
Happy to hear it! Local tips are the best tips 🙂
Do you still recommend packing jeans if traveling in summer months? Do you have any suggestions for summer travel in Italy.
Europe packing lists coming in May 🙂