Deciding what to wear on your upcoming visit to Venice might feel like somewhat of a riddle. That is why I’m here to help! This is a short guide designed to resolve all your packing related dilemmas. Let’s get you ready for your travel to one of the most beautiful cities in Italy!
Best Time To Go
First of all consider that Venice and it’s lagoon is an UNESCO world heritage site, so it is basically almost always full of tourists. Coming to Venice at the wrong time can feel somewhat like a trip to Disneyland gone bad since you are just being pushed through narrow crowded streets with a bunch of other tourists. The month I therefore recommend to absolutely avoid is August because on top of hords of tourists you will also have to confront the heat and mosquitos!
The best times of the year to enjoy Venice are the transitional months such as April, May, June, September and October. These months are most likely to offer a comfortable temperature to wander around the city and explore but not suffer heat stroke while you do so. In addition the city will be a little less crowded in comparison to the high season months July and August.
The fotos in this post were all taken on a mid-October weekend. We got to the city very early Saturday morning and didn’t encounter too many people until lunch time. The afternoon was a different story!
Venice can be very romantic to visit during the winter months as well. The city gets very foggy and cold so you have to make sure to pack warm. The streets will also be emptier but yes there are still tourists also during this time of year.
VENICE ESSENTIALS PACKING LIST
- COMFORTABLE SHOES This is an absolute must for you to enjoy your trip! I know we all want to be fashionable and take cute pictures in Venice but just pick cute and comfortable shoes for this one. You will walk a lot. The city offers a ‘vaporetto’ service, which is basically a bus with the only difference that in reality it’s a boat going along the canal but you will often find that walking will get you to where you need to go much faster. In addition to the efficiency part of walking, Venice is also very fun to discover by foot. It’s a city that can be quite the maze and sometimes it’s enjoyable to get lost for a little while.
- SUNSCREEN At least factor 30 for your face, especially during and close to the months of July and August.
- SOMETHING THAT COVERS YOUR SHOULDERS AND KNEES If you want to enter all the churches you will have to bring something to cover your shoulders and knees. Italy is Catholic and they can be strict about this. So if you are wearing a strappy top just bring a light scarf to cover yourself for when you go into churches.
- COMFORTABLE CLOTHES As much as I want you to bring cute dresses to walk around in during the day, don’t if they are uncomfortable. I’m thinking you could wear light flowy dresses during spring. But if you are the kind of girl that is more comfortable in pants just wear some jeans and pep them up with interesting shoes, a cute bag and a statement jacket such as a cool oversize trench coat.
VENICE FASHION PACKING LIST
- CUTE DRESSES For the summer months I think that dresses are a good idea. Maybe something that covers your shoulders and goes to the knee. As long as it’s not crazily short and your shoulders are covered you should be fine going into churches with a scarf.
- STRIPES Stylewise I always feel like stripes are a good choice for outfits in Venice. Especially red and blue based ones. They just mix so well will the environment and the whole mood of Venice. So if you are really lacking inspiration about what to put into your luggage grab that blue and white striped t-shirt that will be comfortable and look cute with the right accessories!
- SUNGLASSES I hope it hasn’t crossed your mind to visit Italy without bringing sunglasses. This accessory is a must all year round! Stylish Italians will never go anywhere without them (think the chic Italian business man!) and neither should you!
- SOMETHING YOU CAN RECYCLE Whenever I pack a bag for a weekend trip somewhere, I always consider the versatility of each piece of clothing that is in my suitcase. Ideally I want all the items I bring to go with everything and to be interchangeable among one another. As you can see above I wore two different outfits while I was in Venice this October. But the truth is that for the second look I only changed my top and took off the hat… Sometimes a girl’s gotta be practical!
About The Look
Hat: French Connection
Handbag: Bally SS18, in stores January 2018
Slippers: Bally Lottie Slipper, in stores now
Earrings: H&M, in stores now
Rings & Necklace: personal
Bracelets: One from my mom which my grandfather bought for her in Brazil, the other one from Bally