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Travel to Italy in comfortable, fashionable clothing. (Photo: lamp image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from Fotolia.com )
Fashion in Italy is almost akin to a sport. Whether you're traipsing through the streets of Rome, lounging on the Amalfi Coast or hiking along the fishing villages of Cinque Terre, you'll likely feel like you're in a fashion show the entire time. Italians take their clothing seriously, and while you don't have to feel pressured to mimic Italian fashion to a T, it can be helpful to know how to blend in with the locals and wear the appropriate attire for your trip.
How to Dress for Urban Areas
If your itinerary in Italy includes lots of gazing at Renaissance paintings in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and perusing Venetian artworks at the Accademia (as it should), plan to wear comfy yet stylish clothing. Many travelers often make the mistake of wearing "travel gear" in Italy (think zip-off pants, cargo shorts and sweat-resistant fabrics), but this is a big no-no if you'll be spending time in fashion capitals like Rome, Florence and Milan. Instead, do as the locals do and wear classic and elegant clothing like nice slacks, dresses, cardigans and fitted tees. Throw in a scarf, a classy jacket or a blazer for nighttime (or daytime if it's cold out) and you'll blend in just fine.
How to Dress for Outdoor Activities
If, on the other hand, your Italian itinerary is set to include skiing in the Alps and hiking in the Dolomites, be sure to bring the appropriate clothing. Layers are the key to staying warm and dry (especially in the mountains), so pack plenty of thermal undershirts and leggings and quality wool ski socks. Bring a worn-in pair of hiking boots for mountain trails and a pair of winter boots for hanging out around the fire post-skiing.
General Fashion Tips
The right type of footwear is the most important part of any look while you're traveling in Italy. Comfort and style are key here; while you may be tempted to pack a pair of heels, try to resist the urge. You'll likely be doing a lot of walking during your trip, and high heels aren't the best option for traversing the cobblestone streets of Venice. Also, in general, you can't go wrong with packing plenty of layers, particularly if you're traveling during fall or winter. Italians are big on dressing for changing seasons, so once fall hits, you'll likely see people in cold-weather garb even if temperatures are still mild. Layers are also great if you'll be moving from region to region in Italy: the weather tends to be warm in Naples and in the south and colder the farther north you go.
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