Packing for Italy? You came to the right place because I can help you decide what to wear in Italy year-round!
Many people are unsure of what to pack for Italy but this guide will prepare you for your Italy vacation no matter the region.
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My packing list will guide you through what to pack for Italy plus give you some tips on how to dress so you won’t look out of place or like a complete tourist.
This Italy packing list is not a size fits all but it will help every traveler with the basics of what to pack for Italy from clothing, shoes, personal items, and toiletries.
I have come up with a list of do’s and Don’t that are essential for every woman that is traveling to Italy whether you are traveling solo or with your hubby.
I want you to have a stress-free travel experience while exploring Italy and the goal of this article is to help you plan what to pack for Italy so you will not be unprepared for your vacation.
After you finish reading this article you will know how to dress, what to pack, and what to leave at home so you can have room in your luggage for souvenirs.
What Should You Wear in Italy
The most important factor in planning your trip to Italy is figuring out what activities you’ll be experiencing and what time of the year you will be traveling to Italy because that will determine what you will pack for Italy.
Whether it’s visiting Pompeii, walking along the unpaved streets of Rome, or lounging on the beach in Amalfi along with the weather and the time of the year you will be visiting Italy.
Always, always, always check the weather forecast before your trip. Nothing will ruin your trip faster than being unprepared for the wrong clothing for the weather.
Here are some of my top suggestions for what to pack when vacationing in Italy.
What to Pack for Italy
I have broken this Italy packing list up into categories: Travel documents/cash, luggage, inflight essentials, clothes, shoes, toiletries, makeup, bags, gadgets, and accessories.
You need to think about all of these things when considering packing for your trip to Italy.
- The time of year you are visiting Italy and the weather
- How much walking you will do
- How much luggage do you want to take
- Your personal style
“Must-Pack” Essentials Before You Depart for Italy
These items are the ones you absolutely must pack for your trip to Italy.
Passport – Is a good practice to have at least 6 months of validity on your passport. Make sure you make copies of your passport and I also suggest taking a picture of your passport and storing the image on your phone.
Visa – Make sure you have read and understood the visa requirements for your nationality.
Insurance – Do not forget to organize insurance for your trip. It’s one of those things that you probably won’t use but is essential if something goes wrong on your travels like when I got extremely sick in the Czech Republic which was the one time I didn’t purchase insurance.
Lesson learned! From that point on I use and recommend Allianz Travel Insurance because it is easy to organize and file a claim online.
Allianz Travel Insurance offers both a basic package and a prime package
The AllTrips Basic plan is perfect if you know for sure you are not going to cancel your trip but you want to be covered for emergency medical care and emergency medical transportation protection while you are traveling.
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Rates start at around $130 for the basic plan.
The AllTrips Premier plan
If you are planning a trip to Italy with your entire family I suggest the Premier Insurance plan because everyone in your household is covered just in case you need to cancel, someone needs emergency medical care, or your luggage is lost or stolen.
Rates for the AllTrips Premier plan start around $450.00 which is cheaper than the deductible with my current insurance through my employer.
I don’t want to sound like a broken record but if you are going on excursions in Italy I really suggest purchasing Allianz Travel Insurance because you just never know what might happen.
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Money — I recommend bringing two credit cards (one to use, and one to keep as a backup), and your debit card.
Make sure you use credit cards with no foreign transaction fees.
For the life of GAWD do not exchange money in the airport.
I withdrew money from the ATM when we got there), but you can purchase euros at your bank if it makes you feel more comfortable.
What to Pack for Italy: The Suitcase
Reyleo Hard luggage with USB Port: This carry-on suitcase is perfect for a trip to Italy thanks to its size and material.
It has some give for extra souvenirs and most importantly the two USB ports for charging your electronics.
What to Pack for Italy: In-Flight Essentials
- Bang & Olufsen Noise-Cancelling Over-Ear Headphones and Airplane Adapter
- Travel Pillow.
- Sleeping Mask.
- A pair of socks.
- Hand sanitizer
Italy Packing List: Clothing
I don’t know about y’all but comfort is of utmost importance to me on vacation but that doesn’t mean I can or should ignore the cultural norms of the destination.
If you want to avoid disapproving stares because you are dressed inappropriately while visiting a cathedral or the Vatican in Rome you really should understand while it may be hot it is not appropriate to have your arms out or a mid-drift tank top.
Have you heard the term when in Rome do as the Romans do?
Both churches and museums require you to cover your shoulders and there will be signs outside many churches detailing which clothes are not permitted and which are not.
Clothing items that are not permitted are usually shorts, bare arms, low-cut dresses, and short skirts for women; and shorts, bare arms, and tank tops for men.
Men should remove their hats when they enter a church.
Please Make sure you address appropriately when visiting churches.
Basic Clothing Packing List
- 3 Basic Tank Tops
- 3 Basic T-Shirts
- 3 Blouses — Nice Dress up blouses for dinner
- 3 Dresses — You need sleeves to go into churches.
- 2 Pairs of Skinny Jeans
- 1 Lightweight Jacket — For spring, summer, or fall.
- 5 Pairs of Panties — You can wash out easily.
- 2 Yoga Pants — hiking or lounging around.
- 2 Swimsuit — The Amalfi Coast is amazing!
- 1 travel wrap — Double as a wrap for churches and when it gets cool at night.
- 3 Sweaters — For early spring or late fall. (Gets pretty chilly in the spring)
Italy Packing List: Shoes
Flats or Low-heeled, stylish, leather walking shoes are a great option and can easily transition from exploring the Roman ruins to a lovely Italian restaurant.
Leave the boots at home as they are too heavy to pack plus the cobblestones in Italy are brutal on your feet.
Please don’t try to wear boots, high heels, or flip-flops while exploring the ruins.
Italians produce some of the world’s most fashionable shoes and if you are going to purchase shoes from a local leather shop please negotiate!
- Tory Burch Napa Leather Sandal: Great for dinner or casually strolling through Italian towns
- Women’s Gazelle sneakers: Comfortable sneakers are a must if you’re packing for a trip to Italy. Between snorkeling. hiking or walking on cobblestones at Pompeii, you’ll need a sturdy and comfortable pair.
- Calvin Klein Ballet Flats: These casual yet stylish ballet flats will do the trick for dinner or a night out on the town.
- Tory Burch Espadrilles: Pack your favorite pair of flip-flops for the beach, of course.
- New Balance Sneaker: These breathable sneakers are great for any day excursions that might be on your itinerary and for days when you’ll be walking a lot.
Italy Packing List: Beach Essentials
The beaches in Italy are very crowded in the summer so make sure you have all the beach essentials needed when packing for Italy.
If you’re planning on staying near Amalfi or Cinque Terre in July or August, you should know the beaches and hotels are packed so please book your hotel well in advance because rooms fill up quickly.
Swim Cover-Up or Caftan
A swimsuit cover is perfect for the beach or taking a yacht tour to explore the grottos. While the Italians are not shy about their bodies I need mine covered up because I am not that fione!
The beaches on the coast can have a ton of rocks and coral so make sure you pack a pair of slip-on mesh beach shoes that will protect your feet if they are sensitive.
These shoes pictured come in a range of great colors – .
I recommend packing a light beach towel that will not take up lots of space and one that dries fast. Check out this cute and chic beach towel.
My husband loves to go snorkeling and if you are on the coast the Grottos are a must so don’t forget you will need a good quality snorkel kit.
We have our own and it packs in our luggage perfectly. Check out these bestseller snorkel sets from Amazon here.
Who doesn’t want to be Instagram famous? Bring along one of these super cute gold Pegasus Float. Check out this one from Amazon here.
You will need a beach bag to put all your sunscreen, shades, beach towel, and other items in. Check out the KEHO Canvas Beach Bag here.
If you’re heading to the coast, take an underwater camera for those underwater shots especially if you are going snorkeling or visiting the Grottos Click here to check out the GoPro Hero 7 Camera.
Waterproof Phone Pouch
iPhones take excellent videos and photos and if don’t want to spend money on a GoPro just use your mobile phone. Check out this best-seller phone pouch here.
What to Pack for Italy: Toiletries
- Mosquito-Repellent Bracelet: Yes, Italy has mosquitos so you will need a repellent – Avoid chemicals and the smell of DEET bug spray by just wearing a bracelet.
- Good Vibes Only Sun Kit: Sunscreen, after-sun lotion, lip balm, and face sunscreen all in one convenient, travel-sized kit. If you travel to Italy during the summer months please remember the sun is brutal!
- Hand Sanitizer: I am not a germaphobe but I prefer not to be sick while traveling so please use hand sanitizer as often as possible.
Makeup Essentials for Italy
- Eye Pencil
- Makeup brushes
- Face Cleanser
- Hairstyling products
- Feminine hygiene products
- Nail file/scissors
What to Pack for Italy: The Purse
- Tory Burch Canvas Crossbody Bag: This chic anti-theft bag is perfect to dress up or down when you’re in Italy.
What to Pack for Italy: Gadgets
- Universal Adapter: If you are traveling out of the country, this item is very helpful to have to ensure that you can properly charge all of your devices, as it has multiple power adapter options all in one unit.
- GoPro Hero 7: This camera is great to take on your travels, as it’s small, durable, and allows you to capture pictures and videos of your entire journey, both in the water and out.
- Anker Portable Phone Charger: Pack a portable charger to keep your phone charged after taking all those amazing Italy Instagramable photos.
- Selfie Stick with Tripod: For what to pack for Italy for your phone, you should make sure you have a selfie stick with a tripod to take all of those awesome selfies.
What to Pack for Italy: Accessories
- Caftan: A caftan does double duty on a trip to Italy. Use it as a blanket or shawl on a yacht excursion or at dinner, and use it as a bathing suit cover-up at the beach or poolside.
- Chloe Sunglasses: This pair is both stylish, practical, and fashionable.
- Fedora Hat: This is essential for sun protection. A crushable style means you don’t have to worry about it when stuffing it into your suitcase.
- Zippered Canvas Reusable Tote: I was happy to have a reusable tote on my Italy packing list for the beach to store my things.
What Not To Forget To Pack For Italy
- Pain Relief: you know what works best for you, bring your favorite products from home for headaches, joint, and muscle pain
- Constipation Relief: Travelers’ constipation is real and you don’t want to be uncomfortable while on vacation.
- Pancho: Any sort of thin layering piece is ideal for mild nights in Italy.
- Laundry detergent Sheets – Keep your clothes smelling fresh and you will be able to wear certain items more than once.
- Sea Bands & Non-Drowsy Dramamine — If you’re prone to motion sickness I strongly recommend adding Sea-Bands to your Italy packing list especially if you are taking excursions to see the grottos or taking a day trip to Capri.
- Take some Non-Drowsy Dramamine and wear the sea band so you will not become seasick.
What to leave at home
I am not one of those people who can pack for two weeks in a carry-on but after years of traveling, I have learned to leave a few things behind.
Leave items you will probably not use, items that will be extra heavy or can be found easily at your destination.
- Valuables: Leave anything that’s flashy at home to avoid being a target for pickpockets.
- Warm Clothing: This one’s a given, but you don’t really need any warm clothing items for Italy unless you are traveling in the winter months.
- Full-sized shampoo and conditioner – too heavy and take up too much room and will weigh your luggage down.
- Guidebooks – You don’t need to walk around with a guidebook in your hand. Read them before you go or download Rick Steves’s Best of Italy ebook.
- Hairdryer – most hotels provide hair dryers.
- Books– I am on the fence about books because I am old school and I love to hold books or magazines in my hand but some are extremely heavy so you can invest in a Kindle or download the books to your iPad or phone.
Packing For Italy – Weather
Always, always check the weather forecast a week before your trip to see what is in store when planning what to wear in Italy.
Nothing will ruin your trip quicker than not being prepared for rain in Florence or the blistering heat of Pompeii.
After you have researched the weather then you can begin to focus on creating an Instagram-worthy travel wardrobe that will fit easily in your suitcase.
I suggest using packing cubes to store outfits by the day of the week.
Here is a guide to the average conditions – Check the forecast for the different regions you are visiting.
Summer [June/July/August] – Italy Weather
Summers in Italy tend to be warm to very hot and humidity is extremely high. Expect temperatures between 77°F and 86°F.
August is typically Italy’s hottest month, and that’s coupled with high humidity in many parts of the country.
You might think hot weather is no big deal, but remember that even on hot days in the U.S. you are usually sitting inside an air-conditioned house instead of trying to make sure you have not missed important historical sites.
Always, check the current extended forecast for where you’re actually going just before you leave so you can find out in advance if it’s unseasonably cold and you will need a light jacket or a trench coat.
Fall/Autumn [September/October/November] – Italy Weather
Temperatures in fall are ideal for sightseeing with generally warm sunny days and cooler nights. Top temperatures range between 65°F and 75°F.
I’m defining fall as the months of September, October, and November in Italy, but that doesn’t mean that temperatures cool off and leaves will start turning on September 1.
September is often as warm as August, though the evenings tend will begin to cool off just a little.
By October, it’s really starting to feel like fall in Italy and November is Italy’s rainiest month so make sure to pack an umbrella.
Like spring, fall is a transitional season, which means you’ve got to be prepared for some weather variations so make sure you check and double-check the weather the week prior to your departure.
Autumn temperatures will differ depending on what month you’re visiting and where in the country you’ll be (the northern parts are nearly always much cooler than the southern parts).
Winter [December/January/February] – Italy Weather
Italy has cool to cold days and nights in winter with snow and sub-zero temperatures in the Alpine regions. You will get some rainy days. High temperatures range between 50°F and 55°F.
December isn’t always Italy’s coldest month, but it’s close. Snow is common in many parts of the country, particularly in the mountains and at higher elevations, and even sometimes at sea level.
Snow falling in Venice is one of the most beautiful winter scenes you’ll see in Italy and where it’s not snowing, it’s likely to be raining.
December/January/February is an odd mix of travelers because of the thin crowds and many visitors want to spend Christmas in Italy to specifically see Vatican City.
Just remember that while the crowds are not as congested as in the summer months lots of people from all over the world have the same lifelong dream to spend Christmas in Italy.
In order to get the best deal on a hotel room, you should plan and book your trip well in advance.
Spring – [March/April/May] – Italy Weather
Spring in Italy is lovely Temperatures at this time of year average between 60°F and 75°F. It is also the season when you are most likely to experience rain.
Early May tends to be more temperate, though remember that the weather gets warmer as you go south.
The Mediterranean was still too cold for me in May but I saw plenty of people jumping right in so if you can stand cooler temperatures make sure you pack a swimsuit just in case you decide to hit the beach.
Do keep in mind that even if the days are warm, the nights might cool off enough that you’ll want a light layer for your walk back from your late-night dinner.
Rain isn’t unheard of, either, so keep an eye on the forecast to see whether you’ll need to pack a small umbrella or rain jacket.
May is absolutely the start of the high season in Italy and with the high season comes higher prices and bigger crowds.
Crowds still seem to get larger in June and July in the main tourist cities so make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes.
Safety tips while traveling to Italy
Make sure you take extra precautions while traveling in Rome because pickpocketers and scammers are always at an all-time high in Rome.
Professional thieves can pick tourists out in their sleep.
If you don’t want to look like a tourist I suggest packing a sturdy leather purse that hangs in the front of your body and not on the sides or back.
I wasn’t a big fan of Fanny packs initially but they are starting to grow on me so fanny packs and travel scarfs are an option to keep your money and credit cards safe.
Keep important documents like passports, visas, money, and credit cards in a money belt, or try an anti-theft diversion kit.
Keep thieves at bay with hairbrushes, deodorant, hair spray, or other items that look like the real deal!
Conclusion of Italy Packing List:
Whether you are visiting wineries in Florence, walking on the cobblestone streets of Rome, or climbing up and down steep stairs in Amalfi to see those incredible views means you need to be practical about clothing and footwear.
While style is important when packing for Italy you need to think about comfort as well.
Take it from me you DO NOT want to end up walking around Rome in the scorching sun on cobblestones all day in cute little wedge sandals.
You will be barely able to walk to dinner because your feet hurt so bad! Trust me that is no fun at all.
In Italy, you will need and want comfortable and sturdy footwear for both the winter and summer.
You can find my entire Italy packing list of must-haves here!
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