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What to put in your suitcase when travelling in Italy

The advantage of travelling in high season in Italy is that you can travel light. Indeed, the temperatures are very pleasant in all of the country, even very hot in July and August. The country enjoys significant sunshine, so you need to think of sun protection during your trip to Italy!

On the other hand, you'll find everything you need there, whether it's medication, beauty products or other items, so you don't need to pack too much.

If you're leaving in low season, even in winter, the temperatures are still pleasant, so you don't need to take your thickest coat with you!  

During your stay, you can enjoy Italy's significant architectural and historic heritage in the daytime, notably in Rome, Florence and Venice. Good shoes may therefore turn out to be a necessity.

The country also has hundreds of kilometres of coastline, so a swimsuit is essential to enjoy the Italian "dolce vita"! 

Italy is also an ideal destination for lovers of trekking or nature trips: indeed, there are mountainous regions inland and the most adventurous can also go hiking: climbing to the top of the Mount Etna volcano, for example. So you'll need suitable equipment to benefit fully from the country. Don't forget to equip yourself with a good camera, as the landscapes are really stunning. 

To pack in your suitcase:

  1. Light and loose clothing for visits to town
  2. Euros and your bank card!
  3. Mosquito repellent if you're travelling in the countryside
  4. Your ID card (you don't need a passport to travel to Italy)
  5. Something to cover yourself with if you're setting off in low season, or if you're heading to the mountainous regions
  6. A power adapter as lots of sockets are fitted for three pins
  7. Walking shoes, as the countryside inland is conducive to hiking and the capital should be visited completely on foot
  8. A good camera, preferably with a wide-angle lens for the stunning scenery
  9. Sun cream, as summer is very sunny and hot in Italy
  10. A conversation guide, as lots of Italians don't speak English!
  11. A swimsuit to benefit from the sunny creeks in the South
  12. Your driving licence and a road map if you're planning to rent a vehicle
  13. A notebook and a pen to write down your impressions of the trip
Bettina Zourli
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Updated 26 October 2018
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