Italy Packing List | Packing for Italy in the Summer

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We loved our trip to Italy a few summers ago with the girls.  My middle daughter is studying in Italy this summer so I’ve refreshed this packing list inspired by her!  I’ll be sharing a lot of Africa content so I thought this might be fun and of interest to many of you.

These are pieces I’d pack for the different areas of Italy including some colorful pieces for the coastal areas. I’ve created travel guides for the places we visited: Rome, Florence and Venice.  We went to Portofino many years ago at the end of a trip to France.  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.  It’s on my list for our 30th anniversary next year!

The weather in the summer in Italy can vary greatly from going high 90s to high 60s.  I’ve included light pieces for hot days in Rome (based on the fact they had a record heat wave of over 100 when we were there!) to colorful designs and feminine style, too.  I always travel in something comfortable but stylish. I shared my favorite travel outfits a few weeks ago.

I suggest packing light dresses like this, this and this for day, pretty frocks like this and this for dinner.  How gorgeous is this dress!?!? It would be the first in my suitcase if I were headed to Italy! Don’t forget a light scarf or cardigan to cover your shoulders in churches if you are wearing a dress with straps like this beauty.

As for shoes, I’m a sandal girl so these and these these are typically always in my bag.  This is my hands-down favorite pair of sandals.  They are cushioned on the bottom and easy to walk in.  I wore them all over Spain and Greece and they are still going strong.  I’ll be ordering another pair!  I can’t decide between gold or black!?!?  These are also great sandals and great for travel because they don’t have a slippery sole.  A comfortable pair of sneakers are also a great shoe choice and these are my current favorite. They are stylish and very comfortable.  I’d don’t wear sneakers much if it’s hot out. 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!), scarf, 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 hope this helps you if you are traveling to Italy this summer or really almost any warmer European destination.  You can see the posts from what I wore in Italy and also Greece.  The items may not still be available but will give you some more inspiration.

Happy Summer Travels!

xo

Alicia

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3 Comments

  1. Julie

    We took our high school aged kids to Italy for our son’s graduation gift and had the most amazing time. My favorite part of the trip was that I had 21 nights in a row of dinner with my family! Rome is definitely hot – my daughter actually passed out at the Vatican! Your packing list looks perfect. And for a memorable family dinner, I suggest La Reggia in Florence. We still talk about the food, the wine, the setting. Beautiful! https://www.lareggiadeglietruschi.com/florence_restaurant.html

  2. Karen Laughlin

    Rome is HOT, no matter the summer temp, expect hot. My favorite city. Check out Parla’s Rome for great restaurant tips, she also has an app that is useful as it has mapping, and you never know when you need a great eat! I never go wrong with her recommendations. If you want the Coliseum/Forum or Vatican tour book ahead and get entry privileges. Only select tours will get you on the central floor of the Coliseum. I’ll track down who we used if you need. You DON’T want to stand in line with the general public.

    Venice is crowded, but lovely. Spent a week at Christmas there, which is one of the only times the cruise ships are not active. One thing, most cruise ships just spend the day, so they are out by evening. A guided tour of the Duomo and Cathedral are nice to have. If you haven’t booked a hotel, I recommend Views on Venice for an apartment rental. SOOO nice! We had a beauty.

    Ive spent a lot of time in both, especially Rome, so happy to help!

  3. Karen Laughlin

    Oh yes, for a custom leather bag, check out Sirni Pelletteria, by the Spanish Steps does wonderful bags. You can look on line to get an idea, then visit them/set an appt to pick out your leathers. They can mail it home. I have several and have sent friends that have loved their purchases. They have stuff in stock too. Best in Rome, and I researched that one out!!

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  1. Julie

    We took our high school aged kids to Italy for our son’s graduation gift and had the most amazing time. My favorite part of the trip was that I had 21 nights in a row of dinner with my family! Rome is definitely hot – my daughter actually passed out at the Vatican! Your packing list looks perfect. And for a memorable family dinner, I suggest La Reggia in Florence. We still talk about the food, the wine, the setting. Beautiful! https://www.lareggiadeglietruschi.com/florence_restaurant.html

  2. Karen Laughlin

    Rome is HOT, no matter the summer temp, expect hot. My favorite city. Check out Parla’s Rome for great restaurant tips, she also has an app that is useful as it has mapping, and you never know when you need a great eat! I never go wrong with her recommendations. If you want the Coliseum/Forum or Vatican tour book ahead and get entry privileges. Only select tours will get you on the central floor of the Coliseum. I’ll track down who we used if you need. You DON’T want to stand in line with the general public.

    Venice is crowded, but lovely. Spent a week at Christmas there, which is one of the only times the cruise ships are not active. One thing, most cruise ships just spend the day, so they are out by evening. A guided tour of the Duomo and Cathedral are nice to have. If you haven’t booked a hotel, I recommend Views on Venice for an apartment rental. SOOO nice! We had a beauty.

    Ive spent a lot of time in both, especially Rome, so happy to help!

  3. Karen Laughlin

    Oh yes, for a custom leather bag, check out Sirni Pelletteria, by the Spanish Steps does wonderful bags. You can look on line to get an idea, then visit them/set an appt to pick out your leathers. They can mail it home. I have several and have sent friends that have loved their purchases. They have stuff in stock too. Best in Rome, and I researched that one out!!

Alicia Wood

Meet Alicia

AliciaWoodLifestyle.com is a lifestyle destination for everyday living written by Alicia Wood. Alicia's goal is create a timeless, fresh way to approach fashion, entertaining, beauty, design and travel.

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