The goal of this post is to provide guidance resulting in a stress-free yet fashionable trip to Italy. The list below is a packing guide for two weeks in Italy, specifically designed for the summer season. Depending on which part of the country you visit, you will run into mild temperatures as well as some really hot days.

With all of this in mind, and based on personal experience, I created the guide to keep you organized for your upcoming journey. The best part is, all of this will fit in just ONE carry-on bag! Trust me when I say you do not want to be held down (literally) by a giant piece of luggage. Allow yourself some spontaneity and focus on the experiences you will have, not the number of outfits you can wear.


  • 1 pair of lightweight jeans
  • 1 long skirt
  • 1 midi skirt
  • 2 dresses (my personal favorite was this basic, ruched dress that I could wear day or night!)
  • 2 basic tees (I preferring taking 1 black and 1 white)
  • 2 basic tank tops or bodysuits
  • 3 long-sleeved button-up blouses
  • 2 lightweight cardigans
  • 1 lightweight jacket
  • 1 bathing suit


  • 1 pair of fashion tennis shoes
  • 1 pair of regular tennis shoes
  • 1 pair of comfortable sandals
  • 1 pair of low-heeled booties (every street in Italy is covered in cobblestones, so high heels are not suggested)


  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 small-brimmed hat
  • 1 cross-body purse
  • 1 belt (brown or black)



  1. In Europe, all holy sites require each visitor’s knees and shoulders to be covered. This is why it is so important to pack long skirts and layers!
  2. Neutral, solid-colored clothing is easy to mix & match AND will make you look less like a tourist. The Italians love dark clothing and on your trip, so will you.
  3. Pack light and pack smart! Don’t feel bad about leaving behind your highest heels or nicest jewelry.

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