How to Dress in May on Tour in Italy

How to Dress in May on Tour in Italy
Ask anyone who has traveled in Italy extensively what the best time of year to visit is, and in all likelihood they will tell you spring. May is especially desirable because the rains have tapered off and flowers are blooming. The temperature averages in the upper 60s to low 70s in most regions. If you prefer your vacations more adventurous than pampered, you'll appreciate May as one of the best times to be outside in Italy. But finding a compact wardrobe that accommodates cool evenings and warm afternoons and works well in the city and countryside can be a challenge.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Versatile and Practical

Things You’ll Need:
  • Raincoat Khakis Sweaters Wrinkle-resistant shirts Walking shoes or hiking boots Comfortable loafers or flats Optional: slippers and wind-breaker
  • Raincoat
  • Khakis
  • Sweaters
  • Wrinkle-resistant shirts
  • Walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Comfortable loafers or flats
  • Optional: slippers and wind-breaker
Step 1
Because you may still encounter rain in May, take a raincoat that is both fashionable and practical and can be layered for more warmth. If your plans involve rugged adventures, also take a wind-breaker that can be folded into a small sack.
Step 2
Take two pairs of shoes for different situations. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are a must for both countryside and urban sightseeing, but you will also want comfortable shoes for restaurants or bars. Also take a pair of slippers you can wear in your room or if your shoes get wet.
Step 3
In addition to jeans or less formal clothes, take a pair of khakis. These versatile pants can be paired with an Oxford shirt or sweater that will take you almost anywhere. Women can opt for a khaki skirt, too.
Step 4
Choose wrinkle-resistant shirts and sweaters that can do double duty. Even if you are planning an adventure vacation, you will likely find yourself in a situation where you will want more than a sweatshirt. Shirts and sweaters made especially for traveling wear well, look good and are great for layering for Italy's unexpected spring weather.

Tips & Warnings

 
Women can often find sets of interchangeable separates from stores that specialize in travel clothing.

Article Written By Catherine Rayburn-Trobaug

Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh has been a writer and college writing professor since 1992. She has written for international companies, published numerous feature articles in the "Wilmington News-Journal," and won writing contests for her poetry and fiction. Rayburn-Trobaugh earned a Master of Arts in English from Wright State University.

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