When in Rome, do as the Romans!

When visiting a new city, the best way to dress appropriately is by taking a look at what the locals are wearing. Rome native Lucia is here to offer Travel Fashion Girls advice on what to wear in Rome when you visit her beautiful city during the summer.




What to Wear in Rome: Italy Packing List for Summer


To enjoy your stay in the Eternal City, you need to pack the right clothes so you can comfortably take in all the beautiful Italian sights. Here is my Italy packing list for Rome, as well as additional tips for visiting my city during the summer:


What to Pack for Rome, Italy:

One t-shirt: This is necessary if you plan to visit St. Peter’s Basilica or any other church, since visitors are not allowed to enter with bare shoulders or legs. Choose a light-colors t-shirt to stay cool in the hot weather.

Three cotton tank tops: These will be your allies during the days spent walking through the city to visit monuments. If you don’t want to carry too many colors, then go for black: Italians consider this color elegant and you will be always fine dressing in black.

One long sleeve shirt: This is in case the temperature is a cooler than expected. White or black, it will pair perfectly with a pair of jeans.

One long dress: This is for a special occasion: you could end up dining in a charming hotel or being invited to a party. Be sure to have something elegant with you! (Like a little black travel dress!)

One pair of jeans: Dark blue. Italians wear jeans a lot, in different colors, and match them with almost everything. (Should you really pack jeans?)

One pair of leggings: They go with everything and are good for layering. (See how to mix and match travel outfits with leggings.)

Two pair of shorts: Denim or solid dark colors.

One swimsuit: Not too far from Rome is Ostia, a perfect place for a one-day trip to the seaside. Don’t forget your swimsuit!

One tunic: Solid color, to be worn with leggings or as a cover-up if you go to the beach.

Shoes: One pair of Brazilian sandals for the beach. One pair of black sandals for the evening. And one pair of athletic shoes for walking in the city. There’s a lot to see in Rome, so there’s a lot of walking, too: choose something comfortable!

Makeup and accessories: Don’t bring a hat with you: you’ll probably buy one in Rome–white with a black ribbon!

Now, we don’t have to wonder what to wear in Rome – Thank you, Lucia, for the great Italy packing list and travel outfit tips!

Sunglasses / Infinity Brick Scarf / Gladiator Sandal / Ballet Flat / Cross-body Convertible Tote / Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook
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.


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Please read our Ultimate Packing List for Europe featuring stylish outfits and travel tips for 9 countries.

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I hope this packing list helps you plan what to wear in Rome so you can dress like a local. Don’t forget to share the love on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Thanks for reading!

Author: Lucia is a girl from Rome that loves chocolate, Antonello Venditti’s songs, and travelling. When on vacation, she prefers visiting cities, monuments, and museums, rather than going to the beach, and that’s why she almost always returns home as pale as when she left. Lucia writes on behalf of Charmerelax.

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32 Responses to What to Wear in Rome: Italy Packing List

  1. Rebecca says:

    Great article! How would you alter these suggestions for a trip lasting between 3-6 months?

  2. Romana says:

    I’m going to Rome in a few days and I’m so excited! Thank you for this list.
    Ciao ciao! :)

  3. Rome says:

    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….

    • alex says:

      Thanks for the tip. :)

      • MBK says:

        Wow Alex!
        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!

        • alex says:

          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!

  4. Lovelymassiekur says:

    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 :)

  5. matilda says:

    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…

  6. Linda says:

    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. ;)

  7. MN Fashion Fan says:

    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 you need it during the night time and also a clutch !!!

  8. Kluhnowesq says:

    Is travel in late September still “summer” travel in Rome?

  9. Tor says:

    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).

  10. Karen says:

    This is a FUN site!!! I am planning a “Staycation” for my Goddess group and our country of choice was Italy……………..LOVIN’ IT!!!!!

  11. Heidi says:

    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?

  12. Kylie says:

    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!

  13. WFiori says:

    Do you still recommend packing jeans if traveling in summer months? Do you have any suggestions for summer travel in Italy.

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