Essential packing guide to Italy

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What to Pack for Italy: Essential Items for a Comfortable and Stylish Trip

If you've booked a tour or planned a trip to Italy, you may be wondering what might you pack. Our quick what to pack guide will help you stay comfortable and stylish. With so much to see and do, it’s important to pack wisely to ensure you’re comfortable, prepared, and stylish during your trip. Here are some quick tips for essential items.

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Comfortable Shoes

Italy is a country that is best explored on foot, so comfortable shoes are a must. Choose a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers that will keep your feet supported during long days of sightseeing. If you’re visiting during the summer months, sandals or loafers are also a great option.

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Lightweight Clothing

Italy can get hot during the summer months, so it’s important to pack lightweight, breathable clothing. Stick to cotton or linen fabrics that will keep you cool and comfortable. For cooler evenings, pack a light jacket or sweater. You won't find many Italians wearing beachwear around the cities, so if you want to fit in, be sure to buy yourself some comfortable lightweight pants.

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Modest Clothing

Italy is a country with a rich history and culture. As such, it’s important to dress modestly when visiting churches and other religious sites. Make sure to pack clothing that covers your shoulders and knees, such as a shawl or wrap, especially if you plan to visit inside the Vatican.

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A Day Bag

Our tours provide ample time for purchasing replenishments and snacks. However, please note that some of our coach tours in Italy may involve periods of continuous travel between destinations without stops. To enhance your comfort during these journeys, we recommend packing a day bag with drinks, snacks, and any other items you may need. While it's essential to be prepared, avoid overpacking, as our guided sightseeing tours will be more enjoyable with a lightweight backpack. Given that some days may be longer than others, opt for a bag that strikes the right balance – spacious enough to carry a lightweight coat, a drink, a snack, and other essentials without weighing you down.

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Electrical Adapters

Italy uses the standard European plug, so if you’re travelling from the US or Canada, you’ll need to bring an electrical adapter. Make sure to bring one that is compatible with your electronics, such as your phone charger or camera battery charger.

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Sun Protection

Italy can get very sunny, so it’s important to pack sun protection, such as a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. This is especially important if you plan to spend time outdoors, such as at the beach or on a boat tour. If you’re heading to the beach, ensure you’ve got a water-resistant sunscreen to help ensure you stay protected.

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Umbrella or Raincoat

Italy can also be prone to sudden rain showers, so it’s important to pack an umbrella or raincoat. This is especially important if you’re visiting during the fall or winter months.

Find out what the weather may be like

Read our best time to visit guide to understand what climate to expect when traveling to Italy. It will provide you with a better idea of what clothes to pack and wear on your trip to Italy.

Our guide to Italy's weather

Other Useful Information

When packing for Italy, it’s important to remember that the country is known for its fashion. So you may want to pack some stylish clothing and accessories. Additionally, Italy is known for its food. So make sure to leave some room in your suitcase for any souvenirs or food products you may want to bring back with you.

Finally, if you’re booking a tour in Italy with us, make sure to check our website for any specific packing recommendations or requirements for the tour you are travelling on. Our website has lots of useful information about travelling to Italy!

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