What to wear in Italy in summer

What to Pack for Italy in Summer

Though Italy has become a year-round destination over the past few seasons, bustling with visitors even in the historically quiet winter months, summer remains the busiest time of year to visit by far. We always try to nudge travelers towards the calmer and cooler spring and fall seasons, but book the bulk of our client trips in the months between May and September. In addition to peak crowds, this is when the country hits its peak temperatures and the mercury soars in both the cities and the countryside.

Choosing what to pack for Italy in summer requires thinking about how to protect yourself from the Mediterranean sun while still dressing modestly enough to pop into churches and other religious sites where shoulders, knees, and midriffs must be covered to enter. Light fabrics like linen and cotton will keep you cool even if you’re wearing short sleeves and long pants, or you can opt for knee-length skirts or shorts and sleeveless tops and toss a feather-weight scarf or shawl into your bag to cover your shoulders on the fly. 

Here are some packing tips to help you choose the perfect summer travel wardrobe for Italy to keep you cool and comfortable.

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Optional Summer Wear for Italy

Italy is hot from north to south in summer, but the climate in the Dolomite peaks and the beaches of Sardinia do vary. Depending on the specific destinations on your itinerary, you may want to pack the following:

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