What to wear in Rome this summer

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what to wear in Rome

Rome is a fabulous and popular destination for a short family break. There are plenty of savvy ways to keep your costs down on a holiday in Rome, but how can you make sure your preparation for the family holiday is a quick and painless process?

We take the thinking out of your packing with this quick and easy guide on to what to wear in Rome in early summer.

Clothes in Rome

The key to what to wear in Rome is to aim for a smart casual look.

Italians – both men and women – like to dress up and you will feel more comfortable in smart casual dress.

If you’re travelling in June or July you can expect temperatures to be a good deal warmer than here in the UK, ranging from a daytime high of 26-33C to a cooler night time around 15-20C with a little chance of rain. So sunglasses and sun cream are must-pack items, but pop your umbrella in too.

Dressing in layers will also help you cope with the temperature changes through the day into the evening.

The only way to really see Rome is on foot, and there are plenty of cobbles to contend with, which means your shoes need to be comfortable; my advice is to pack flat shoes and make sure they are well broken in. But, as I’ve already said, Italians love to dress up – so take some glamorous shoes with you too for the evening.

No trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to St Peters and if you are planning on visiting this or any religious sites then be sure to cover your shoulders and bare legs, or you will be forced to pay a small fortune for paper trousers and trust me, they are not a great look!

My suggested packing guides for what to wear in Rome are for a long weekend and would fit comfortably in hand luggage. For a longer trip to Rome I would increase the trouser/skirt combo and shirt numbers.

For mums & daughters

Travel in:

  • Flattering pair of jeans with belt
  • Casual top and a lightweight smart cardigan
  • Pair of comfy flats
  • A lightweight, belted raincoat
  • A large canvas bag with a small travel wallet that can double as an evening bag

And pack:

  • 1 pair of lightweight trousers
  • 1 dress or skirt, something you can wear sightseeing, but also dress up to dine out in the evenings
  • 3 casual tops – a shirt in your favourite colour would tie in well here
  • 1 jumper/jacket that you can roll up and pack with ease
  • 1 pair of killer heels or sparkly sandals for evening
  • Swimwear only if the hotel has a pool, and most won’t
  • Sunglasses in one of this season’s fashion styles
  • Hat for protection against the sun
  • Umbrella
  • Costume jewellery never underestimate how a statement piece can transform an outfit
  • Pashmina – may be old hat in the fashion world but they are essential for travelling. Take a colourful wrap on to the plane to keep you warm, then wear it in the evenings or to cover shoulders if you are visiting any religious sites such as St Peter’s

For dads & sons

Travel in:

  • Pair of jeans with belt
  • Casual top and a lightweight smart jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • A lightweight raincoat

And pack:

  • 2 pairs trousers or extra jeans
  • 2 casual and 1 smart shirt
  • 1 jumper
  • 1 pair of shoes for the evening
  • Swimwear only if your hotel has a pool
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat for protection against the sun

Helen Hutchings heads up WhatToWearOnHoliday.com which aims to help take the stress out of what to pack for holidays. It includes packing guides and tips on how to pack less but wear more, how to save money and be appropriately dressed wherever in the world you go.