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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.

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A crisp, white shirt will be the most versatile piece in your suitcase.

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Pair with the aforementioned white shirt, and you've got Audrey's look from Roman Holiday. All you need is the pixie cut.

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What else would you wear to the Colleseum?

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I picture the glamorous stars of Federico Fellini's films (La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2) wearing cat eyes like these.

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You'll blend right in with the Roman architecture.

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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.

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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.

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It's really the only thing to wear while romping through sunflower fields.

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Perfect for days under the Tuscan sun.

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It's classic, and a little bit rustic just like Italy itself.

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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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