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What to pack for your summer in Italy

What to Pack for Your Italian Summer Holiday

You’ve booked your luxurious Italian summer holiday, arranged a bunch of exclusive excursions to make the most of your trip and marked the date on the calendar. All that’s left to do now is decide what you’ll be taking along for the ride.

As the world’s official fashion capital, Italy isn’t the type of place you want to stand out for all the wrong reasons. You’re spoilt for choice with clothes and accessories in your closet, but what should and shouldn’t make the cut for your Italian odyssey?

The Weather in Italy

Italy enjoys a wonderful Mediterranean climate, characterised by hot and dry summers with cooler and wetter winters. The country’s mountainous north and popular spots like Tuscany tend to be cooler than the south, but you’re generally guaranteed warm and amicable weather for the duration of your trip.

Whether you’ve set your sights on Venice, Rome or the Tuscan Coast, you can expect mid-summer highs of around 28-33°C. It’s not unheard of for the mercury to hit 40°C, but these kinds of heat waves rarely last. From late spring to early fall, temperatures are ideal for spending time outdoors – morning, noon and night!

Italian Style

In terms of what to wear, it’s no secret that Italians take enormous pride in the way they look. Even if they’re simply heading to the store for a carton of milk, they’ll make the effort to look the part. It always comes across as immaculately effortless, but there’s a tremendous amount of toiling going on behind the scenes!

Beach or City Break – What to wear?

As always, the key to dressing as the locals do lies in asking the locals directly. The ‘rules’ for city breaks and beach escapes are relatively simple, but should be taken heed of when planning what to pack for your trip.

City Style

Right off the bat, flip-flops are a huge faux pas in any Italian city. Irrespective of how hot it gets, you’ll be turning heads for all the wrong reasons if you don a pair…the same also applying to Crocs. Fabulous footwear being the order of the day, whatever the weather. Though if you’re heading out on a walking tour or excursion, you might want to focus on practicality over presentation!

More generally, summer is the perfect time to experiment with colour. As you probably know, Italians are more likely to combine a kaleidoscope of colours than opt for something toned-down and neutral. Bold is beautiful in cities across Italy, as is accessorising to the nines. Always pack a luxurious shawl or scarf, plenty of design accessories and an exquisite pair of shades designed to make a statement.

Beach Breaks

If you’ve got the beautiful Italian coast in your sights, there’s a slightly shorter list of rules to follow. Two-piece bikinis are out – they’ve even been banned (literally) from some Italian beaches. Instead, go for an ultra-sophisticated designer one-piece bathing suit, coupled with the biggest pair of designer shades you can lay your hands on. In this instance, bigger really is better!

As for the guys, swap your usual baggy board shorts for a disconcertingly tight pair of speedos. Even if neon swimming trunks aren’t usually your thing, they’re the everyday norm at the Italian seaside.

Pure Italian Exclusivity…

Long story short – leave anything cheap and cheerful at home, indulging the bright, the bold and the beautiful!

For a more refined taste of Italy and an experience you’ll never forget, book your luxury Italian tour with Taols Travel today!