Summer Packing Guide: Italy
Last summer my parents took me to Italy (one week in Rome, one week in Tuscany) as a college graduation gift. I had been there once before (while in school, I studied abroad in Paris and spent a weekend in Venice), but due to a horrible bout of food poisoning after my first authentic Italian meal, my experience was kind of ruined. I missed out on a lot of gelato, wine, and most importantly, a chance to show off all the cute outfits I had packed.
So for my second time around, I decided to go all out. Since I had to pack two weeks worth of outfits into one suitcase, I chose pieces that I could mix and match, and that would embody the flavor of each city I visited. For Rome, I garnered inspiration from Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe in Roman Holiday and for Tuscany, I aimed for a more earthy look inspired by the landscape.
Whether you'll be riding a Vespa through the Piazza della Republica, frolicking through the vineyards of Chianti, or both, click through for 12 pieces just perfect for Italy.
A crisp, white shirt will be the most versatile piece in your suitcase.
Pair with the aforementioned white shirt, and you've got Audrey's look from Roman Holiday. All you need is the pixie cut.
What else would you wear to the Colleseum?
Dreaming of gelato...
I picture the glamorous stars of Federico Fellini's films (La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2) wearing cat eyes like these.
You'll blend right in with the Roman architecture.
I learned the hard way that you can't walk into a church in Italy with exposed shoulders, even if it's 100 degrees outside. Many tourists have to cover themselves with cheap, souvenir scarves purchased from street vendors. Trust me, It's not a good look. Come prepared.
I wasted precious space in my suitcase with heels. After walking around all day, the last thing you'll want to wear to dinner are stilettos.
It's really the only thing to wear while romping through sunflower fields.
Perfect for days under the Tuscan sun.
It's classic, and a little bit rustic just like Italy itself.
Crowded, tourist-y spots are pick-pocket magnets. While my dad opted for a money belt, I chose a cross body bag, since they're easy to keep an eye on. This one has a secret iPad flap so you'll have access to your Italian vocabulary apps on the go.
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