What to Wear in Rome: Italy Packing List

What to Wear in Rome: Italy Packing List

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

 

Rome Capsule Wardrobe: Summer

 

 

1. Tank Top 2. Ruffle Tank Top 3. Long Sleeve Tee 4. Tank Top 5. Printed T Shirt 6. Little Black Dress 7. Kaftan Tunic 8. Zipped Biker Jeans (similar) 9. Body Shaping Leggings (similar) 10. Denim Shorts 11. Tribal Print Kimono 12. Shimmer Cardigan 13. Leather Crossbody 14. Tennis Shoes 15. Thong Sandals 16. Wayfarer Sunglasses 17. Fringe Scarf 18. Buckle Belt 19. 2 Piece Bikini 20. Mini Bracelet

 

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!

 

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

 


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!

What tips would you add?


 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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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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  1. 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 :)

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    • 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: http://travelfashiongirl.com/walking-in-heels-italy/ Have a great trip!

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      • This is brilliant information, thank you for your help!! :-)

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        • Thank you Olivia!

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  2. 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!

    Grazie

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  3. 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!

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  4. 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?
    Thank you!!

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    • 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.

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  5. 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 :)

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      • 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

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        • 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!

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  6. 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 :(
    X

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    • 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 :-)

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

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

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    • That’s great, have a blast!

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  9. 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….

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    • Thanks for the tip. :)

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      • 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!
        MBK

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        • 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!

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  10. 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 :)

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  11. 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…

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    • I’ll go ahead and post your question on Facebook. Thanks!

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    • 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 :)

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      • thanks for the tip!

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  12. 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. ;)

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    • Hi Linda, I’ll go ahead and post your question on Facebook to get some reader feedback for you :-)

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    • Thank you for your approval and tips :-)

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

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  14. 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).

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    • It’s great to hear that you packed perfectly! Thank you for the feedback and the comment :-)

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

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    • Thank you Karen! That sounds like fun :-)

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  16. 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?

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    • 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!

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    • Check out Nordstroms…bobeau sweater

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      • Thanks!

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  17. 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!

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    • Happy to hear it! Local tips are the best tips :-)

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  18. 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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    • Europe packing lists coming in May :-)

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