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Wondering what to wear in Sicily in spring? We’ve got the low down on the best clothing and shoes for this part of Italy. Keep reading to find out!
What to Wear in Sicily
Written By: Nina Thomas
Vineyards, volcanoes, Greek ruins and beach towns, Sicily has everything to offer. Although usually a summer destination, spring makes it a wonderful time to visit.
You may encounter some iffy weather, a few cloudy and rainy days, but you’ll most definitely encounter less people! You may find yourself enjoying some of the Greek ruins all by yourself.
Sicily is part of Italy, but it has an entirely different culture of its own. Since it’s an island, it comes with its very own flavor of culture, foods and sights.
There are so many things to do, and the road system makes it easy to rent a car and drive around to explore. Regardless of where your travels may take you on your vacation, chances are you’ll be doing a variety of activities. Here are some tips on what to wear in Sicily in spring!
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Tunic Blouse | Longsleeve | Jersey Top | Lace Up Dress | Dress | Tights | Jeans | Bag | Flats | Boots
When planning what to wear in Sicily in spring, keep in mind that the weather will fluctuate in the 40s-60s Fahrenheit.
You’ll want to pack layers and plan for some cooler days, some warmer days, and some chilly evenings. A loose blouse, long sleeve top and short sleeve top give you plenty of variety for tops and can be layered if you’re cold.
A pair of dark jeans or dark colored pants are good to pair with the shirts and some of the outerwear you’ll need to bring.
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The country is similar to Italy in style, although the coastal towns have more upscale shops and restaurants, so the style is a tad more upscale. This mean you’ll want to be prepared with tights and a dress for some of those restaurants. That dress will also come in handy for wine-tasting at some of the marvelous vineyards around Mt. Etna.
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Many of the popular towns in Sicily are on the coast, such as Taormina, which has an ancient Greek theatre to view. Since the town is situated on a hill, it means that you will be walking up and down a large amount of stairs. Stylish ankle boots or good walking flats are recommended. (And a couple trips to the gym to prep those thighs and calves for the incline!)
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For sightseeing at the ruins, a casual outfit is recommended. There’s quite a bit of walking and you’ll want to be comfortable. Jeans and a shirt, or a casual dress and tights make a comfortable outdoor sightseeing outfit. Bring your rain jacket just in case!
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Sweatshirt | Rain Jacket | Scarf
If you plan to actually do a day hike around Mt. Etna you’ll want to bring a fleece for colder days and evenings. A rain jacket and scarf are good to have with you as the weather will fluctuate.
On top of the volcano, it gets extremely cold. However, you won’t need to bring a heavy jacket with you because you can rent one for cheap at the cable-car station.
They also have boots, and if you’re planning on staying there awhile, that would be worthwhile. Your leather boots will be OK for a short period of time, but the longer you hike, the more rocks you’ll feel in your feet!
Read these tips on choosing the best hiking shoes for various travel scenarios!
What are your style tips on what to wear in Sicily in spring? Share and comment below!
To learn what to wear in Italy and Europe, please read below:
- What to Wear in Rome
- 10 Step Packing Guide for Italy
- Packing List for Europe
- 10 Step Packing Guide for Europe
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
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Author Bio: Nina Thomas is constantly looking for a beautiful view and a good adventure. Her travel highlights include horseback riding in the Ecuadorian Andes, hiking on top of Mount Etna in Sicily, and sheep-gazing in the Cotswolds. For more practical travel tips and ideas from a Central Ohio Girl, check out Traveling with Nina or follow her on Twitter.
We are going to Sicily in the fall, however I felt like the suggestions here, especially for the top of Mt. Etna, still apply. Thanks!!
Great article! I’ve spent a lot of time in Sicily over the last couple of decades, and I can definitely attest to the style being more upscale. It’s definitely gotten more casual in recent years because many people have begun to copy Western styles, but it’s still pretty hard to be overdressed anywhere. It’s not uncommon to see 70+ year old grandmas doing their shopping in a nice dress and two inch heels. I’d also recommend taking a well-balanced rolling carry-on—assuming you bring a carry-on with wheels—since the cobblestones and bumpy/nonexistent sidewalks are fantastic suitcase flippers!
Great travel and packing advice. I reference your blogs a lot when planning travel.
Thanks for the info on packing for travel to Sicily, doing only carry on. Have a travelon hand bag. Will keep an eye on the weather to further edit my carry on
Thank you for all the help making wise packing choices, heading to Sicily in a. Opulent of weeks. Will keep my eye on the weather to better edit my carry on.
how about for fall, late sept?
Check out this 10 step guide for Italy for tips to help you with what to pack: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/10-step-packing-guides/10-step-packing-guide-italy/
Have an amazing time! ?
P.S. If you want the A-Z of everything you need to know, especially if you want to avoid overpacking, we also have our Italy ebook, too
We are traveling to Calabria and Sicily in October. What do you recommend bringing? Are the colors different than in Spring? More or less rain/cold weather? Also, have recently heard that it is OK to wear white sneakers like Adidas Stan Smiths or Comme des Garcons. True?
Hi Phyllis, thank you for reaching out! The best advice is to monitor the forecast for your specific trip dates to ensure that you have the most appropriate clothing and shoes packed. If the weather is going to be chiller, ankle boots may be a more practical option and they are also a European footwear staple. We recommend that you pack three pairs of shoes so sneakers would be a fantastic option to include in your packing as one of your choices. White sneakers are very popular around the world at the moment. Just as with any other clothing item, it’s all about how you style them and what you wear with them. Don’t wear something traveling that you wouldn’t wear at home. And choose to wear trends that are true to your style, not someone else’s. Hope this helps. Have an amazing trip!!
Off to Sicily on Sunday and found your travel list most helpful. Wish you were here to pack for me.. Many thanks for the ideas. I use your site often for my travels
Hi Ann, so happy you have found this article and the blog helpful for your travels. Have you had a look at our 10 step guide to Italy for tips to help you with your packing: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/10-step-packing-guides/10-step-packing-guide-italy/ Best of luck with your packing!! Have the most amazing trip!
Great article! Thanks for the tips!
Glad you like it Patrizia!
I’m going to Switzerland in Spring what should I pack. Planning a lot of day trips.
Try this post for tips on Switzerland: https://travelfashiongirl.com/what-to-pack-for-switzerland-holidays-zurich/
Going to Europe next month for two months! I really need the Travelon Anti-Theft Bag!
It’s a great bag!
I have the satchel version and their backpack and trust me they provide security and safety great investment