What to pack for your summer vacation in Italy

Italy – the land of food, culture and fashion.

Packing for your summer vacation in Italy might sound like a headache – you want to look good, but at the same time you need clothes which are comfortable enough for all the walking and sight-seeing there is to do (and also loose enough for all the food there is to eat!)

However there are a couple of things you can bear in mind when packing your suitcase, that will make which clothes to pack and which to leave behind the least of your worries.


The keyword here is comfort. One of the best things to do in Italy is to walk around the cities, explore its streets and alleys, and absorb the local life. You will spend time walking around museums, from one attraction to the next. In addition, as most of the historical city centres are closed to cars – your feet will have to be your main form of transport – and in turn, comfortable shoes will be your best friends.

Cobbled streets make very pretty photos, but also make archenemies to heels. Thick-soled shoes are your safest bet – especially if you are planning on spending entire days walking.

Naturally, pack appropriate shoes if you are going hiking – especially if you intend to go to more authentic and remote towns, where you might not always find somewhere to buy the pair of shoes you accidently forgot to pack.


Probably a headache for all genders and ages alike – whether we admit it or not. Packing for the best-dressed country can sometimes be intimidating – especially in summer. If you want to blend in with the locals, go for more classic pieces in neutral colours, which you can easily mix and match during your stay.

If you’re taking tours that enter the Duomo, or any other church – make sure you keep the dress-code required in mind. Both women and men need to have both shoulders and knees covered. It’s always a great idea to pack a scarf which you can use to cover your shoulders, and which easily fits in a handbag. In the case of men, it’s best to pack a pair of longer shorts – just in case.

Most nights anything casual will do – but it’s always best to pack something a little more formal and dressy, especially if you’re planning on dining at a fancier restaurant during your trip.


Prior to just picking one bag and deciding on wearing it for all of your stay in Italy – make sure that it is apt for all the activities you’ve planned. This means that even though a huge backpack would fit in all of the things you want to carry around during your day – you might not be allowed to enter with that same bag at larger museums such as the Uffizi Gallery or the Academia Museum. At the same time, you might be allowed a small purse in the museums – but you will then find it hard, if not impossible to carry your bottle of water, your money, your camera, and the list goes on.

Make sure every bag you decide to pack closes properly – to avoid things falling out, or also being taken.

Odds and ends

Sunscreen and insect repellent. You will thank us after you’ve spent a whole day walking around the city in the scorching sun. Sunglasses will protect you from the sun, and give you a classier look. It’s always best to keep a copy of your passport around with you at all times – and leaving your passport stored safely at your hotel or accommodation. Spare change is useful, as some of the smaller shops might not allow credit card payments.

Forgot to pack something? Well…that’s always a good enough excuse to go shopping.

You can also take a look at our tips on Youtube on how to pack and how to dress in Italy.

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