What to Pack: Rome

by Tiffany Paul

The old saying goes something like, “When in Rome…”, insert the part where we finish off, “what do we wear?” An escape to Rome is what dreams are made of, and with all of its rich history, culture, food, and fashion, it is hands down one of my favorite cities. With ruins to discover, pasta to eat and shopping to be done, the last thing you want to be worrying about during your trip to beautiful Rome, is what to wear.


When packing, keep in mind what the weather will be like. Summers are relatively hot and definitely a time to opt for more breathable, loose-fitting fabrics, like the palazzo pants in the collage below. Not to mention, these comfortable but stylish pants will be your best friend when you’re over indulging in Italian cuisine! Mix elegant colors like navy and cream with fun summertime prints and patterns, like polk-a-dots or stripes. Rome is a city perfect for walking, so keep it comfortable during the daytime with a pair of espadrilles, sneakers or sandals. For evenings, high heels and cobble-stoned streets do not mix, so try a short wedged sandal instead.  


My go-to Roman summer look is a cute, casual day dress, which packs perfectly in my suitcase and saves me time when putting together an outfit. Paired with a medium-sized cross-body bag and I’m all set to explore the city and look great in all my pictures. Come night, I simply swap my cross-body for a clutch, add some statement jewelry to my dress and I’m ready for a night on the town. Don’t forget to stop by the Trevi Fountain for a great evening photo opp, with the fountain lit up behind you!


If it is wintertime, I make sure to pack a pair of rain boots as Roman winters can be rainy, but even if it’s not rainy, they can still be worn. I also opt for a good, warm winter coat and make sure you love it since most pictures will be of your coat rather than your cute outfit underneath. Take the pillow out of your Sleeper Scarf and wear your scarf to keep you warm. During my last winter trip to Rome, I pretty much lived in my winter coat, Sleeper Scarf and rain boots, so these are must-haves.

Check out more of my picks for what to pack for Rome on my my Pinterest board or explore my must-do and must-eat recommendations from my previous Rome blog post.

What to pack for: Rome

What to pack for: Rome (winter)