One place I’ve always wanted to visit is Italy. And now the time has finally arrived and we are taking the girls with us. So today’s post is all about what I’m packing for Italy in the summer.

Italy, specifically Rome and Venice, has long been on my travel bucket list.  Technically, I have been to Italy once when we went to Portofino many years ago at the end of a trip to France.  However, we were only there 2 days so it hardly counts.  We were supposed to go to Rome and the Amalfi Coast a few years ago for our 20th anniversary and then changed to the Maldives.

We will be visiting Rome, Florence and Venice.  If you have tips, I’d love them!  There are times I plan ahead and times I don’t.  We only booked this a few weeks ago and I’m flying by the seat of my pants but gathering all the info I can from friends and the web.  Please leave me a comment below with your best travel tips, shopping recommendations and restaurant suggestions.

The weather is going to be 90s to high 60s.  We are excited to get a 10-20 degree break from this Texas heatwave!  I’m bringing this cardigan for the plane and any cool nights.  I have the Oatmeal color and also the matching dress.

I’ve packed light dresses like this and this for day, pretty frocks like this and this for dinner.  I know we’ll have a few really warm days in Rome so a great white T and cute skirt or cute T-shirt dresses will be perfect.  I have this dress in two colors: blue lake and heather peach. It will work both day and night with an accessory change!  I’m wearing one of them on the plane as well.  Love double and triple duty pieces!

As for shoes, I’m a sandal girl so I’m bringing these, these and these (similar to these everyone loves).  Someone told me rubble soles were better than leather so we’ll see!  I’m packing these because I always wear heels (in gold) but know I won’t need them….better safe than sorry though!  I’ll also bring a comfortable pair of sneakers but not sure I’ll wear them much. If my feet are hot, I’m hot.

This is my go-to bag for traveling especially with my family.  It is large enough for wallet, phone, guide book (love these!), rain jacket, and more.  But small enough to still be stylish.  I love the crossbody strap.  I’m also bringing a small crossbody that can double as a bag for night. I’m sure I’ll pop this in at the last minute!

You can shop the boutique at the bottom of the post as usual or click the items in the collage below on the items.  I’d love to know if you like this new way to shop graphics!

Don’t forget you can access all my favorites from the #Nsale on the menu bar above and in these posts.  Some things have sold out but people order multiple sizes and more than they’ll keep so with returns you never know what you’ll find!  This post has lots of my favorites still in stock.

Be sure to leave me your best travel tips, shopping recommendations and restaurant suggestions for Rome, Florence and Venice below!



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