What to Pack for Venice, Italy – Packing Light

What to Pack for 3 weeks in Venice, Italy Packing Light Packing list #packinglight #packinglist #travellight #travel #travelwardrobe

Tank • J. Crew | T-shirt • J. Crew | Striped Blouse • Mango | Black Blouse • H&M | Grey Long Sleeve • Madewell |
Striped Shirt • Mango | Black Sweater • H&M | Versatile Blazer • Madewell | Blue Dress • Madewell |
Black Dress • Gap | Cropped Denim • Mango | Dark Denim • Topshop | Black Pants • Gap | Jacket • H&M |
Scarf • AHAlife | Hat • Madewell | Sunglasses • Jonathan Saunders | Flats • Sam Edelman |
Sneakers • Nike | Boots • Sam Edelman | Purse • French Connection | Crossbody • Vince Camuto

Often when I do packing posts they are for single locations, but occasionally I get requests for several cities (many times within the same country). So I have to do a little research on averages, highs, and lows of temperatures as well as precipitation. I also take in to account the types of activities that each city offers, as well as some dos and don’ts of fashion (some places are much more conservative, while others quite laid back). These are the types of things that affect any clothing choices I may make, even if it’s just a suggested sample wardrobe.

While this list says What to Pack for Venice, Italy this trip is also encompassing Florence, Rome, Taormina Sicily, Sorrento, and Capri. I noted that the average temperatures for these locations are all within a closer range so the packing options will be easier. This trip is planned for May and will cover all these cities over a 2 1/2 week span. As for weather this time of year is considered prime for many because you have not hit full tourist season, the flowers are in full bloom, it is not yet too hot like mid summer. The average is 19°C with a high of the mid 20°C’s and a low of 13°C.

Mornings can leans towards cool so a light scarf, and jacket will suffice, as well as for evenings. Dark, slim jeans are always a good option, with light blouses, or long sleeves. I included a couple of dresses (but a skirt would work too), the blazer is very versatile because it can also be tied at the waist to look like a cardigan (the retail photos show you how you can wear it). For footwear I suggest sticking to flats because of the cobblestone streets, stairs, and the amount of walking that you will probably be doing. A running shoe and Chelsea boot give some good walking shoe options as well as for cooler temperatures. The mule is a dressier option but also works well when the day warms up, but a sandal or ballet flat would also be a good choice.

Outfit Options will be in the next post.

What is your perfect temperature? Mine is 17°C.

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    • You’re welcome! I’m glad it works for you 🙂 I hope you have an amazing trip!


  1. May and September are the most perfect months for visiting Italy, and especially Venice. I went in May for a tour of Tuscany. Frankly, it surpassed my hopes. The countryside was just breathtaking, and visiting ancient ruins was highly emotional, in a good way. The only disappointment of my tour was the food. Tours tend to take visitors to venues that cater to what they think tourists expect, rather than serve authentic food. For me, I was especially spoilt because my best friend at the time is Italian and an amazing cook. I actually called her from Italy to tell her I’d be coming by upon my return, so that I could have the kind of food I’d hoped to have during my Italy travels. Fortunately, the Gelato was fantastic. One bus stop deli served the best food I had: a fresh tomato and cheese Panera. As an aside, the street art in Florence was mind-blowing. FYI, my favorite place in Venice was the Peggy Guggenheim modern art museum. It was truly magical.

    I really like the wardrobe you curated for this particular trip, Sara. I wished I’d had it when I was in Italy. I would probably switch out those slip on flats for some sort of platform shoe or boot. And I’d likely change one of the dresses for some sort of black midi skirt, pencil perhaps. Otherwise, I really wish I’d had these clothes with me.

    Cheers, Ardith

    • I hear you in on the food. It’s always best to get out of the touristy areas to find the best places to eat. When we were in Barbados we made the mistake of eating around our hotel the first couple of days. Sooo expensive. Then when we went exploring we found this little convenience store that had a hot food counter where all the locals bought their lunch and dinner. It was this big styrofoam takeout they filled with your selection of things for $10. It was so full of food it fed us lunch the next day after we refrigerated the leftovers. I still think about the cherry glazed ribs and macaroni and cheese. Damn tasty.

      • I’ve not been to Barbados, what was it like? What kind of food is it known for?

        P.S. Thought I was feeling and better and ventured outside, for about a nanosecond to see my kitty babies…and promptly fell sick again. Hope we both recover fully this week. Cheers, Ardith

        • Barbados is really beautiful. The island is really small, you can tour it in a day if inclined. The beaches are lovely. If you stay in the non resort area it is quite affordable. I would describe the food as homemade and very much comfort food. They are known for their flying fish which Tom loves but I never tried (I don’t like fish or seafood). Macaroni pie, sweet and savoury breads, simple yet rich desserts, breadfruit, and rum. Lots of rum and rum inspired dishes. I even saw a monkeys drinking the rum punch.

          I also got tricked thinking I was on the mend and ended up feeling faint and having hot flashes at the store :/ this appears to be one of those sicknesses that like to hang around. Hopefully by the weekend we’ll make a positive turn.

          Feel better,

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