Travelling to Italy in the winter has its advantages; flights are often cheaper, and the popular areas are often quieter. Italy is also particularly beautiful over the festive season, as the Italians — as with everything — celebrate in style.
However, packing for an Italian winter holiday isn’t always straightforward. Deciding what to take can be a bit of a minefield, so we’ve put together a handy packing list to help you fill your suitcase.
Whilst the southern regions can stay pretty warm throughout the winter months, the northern parts can drop to a chilly TEMP — especially in the evenings. If you’re holiday on the coast, or in the mountainous regions, you’ll want to be armed with winter woollies. We’d definitely recommend packing thermals if you don’t want to feel like you’re a walking layered yeti.
Mini board games
You might not want to do much lounging by the pool, so it’s worth packing a small pack of cards or travel game. There are a great range available which are both suitable for all the family and suitcase-friendly; such as Uno, Jenga, or pick up sticks. If you pack these in your hand luggage, they’ll also help pass the time waiting at the airport or during the flight.
Unfortunately, you might face rain on your trip. However — don’t let this put you off booking for the winter season, as it’s likely that you’ll still have plenty of dry and clear days with which to sightsee to your heart’s content. Pack light waterproofs (and a small umbrella) to cover you for any rain spells.
We’re probably stating the obvious here, but it’s good to be prepared. Depending on when you go, you might encounter snow on your travels — and you don’t want to be stuck inside due to inappropriate footwear. It’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll encounter some snow if you’re holidaying in the mountainous north, but it’s also not uncommon for Tuscany or Umbria to get a dusting too. If you’re heading to Venice, you might even need wellies — high water levels in the winter season mean that the council lays out wooden planks for tourists and locals alike.
Not only will this make you feel like you’re at home, they’ll keep your feet toasty despite the cooler evenings. It’s easy to forget to check the heating’s set, especially if you’re out all day sightseeing, so these will help take the edge of any chill.
If you’re heading to Italy pre-Christmas, make sure you’ve got enough space in your suitcase for some last minute Christmas shopping. Italy doesn’t go halves with designer outlets and factory shops — with names such as Gucci, Armani and Ferragamo all having stores.
…of the Christmas kind. If you’re holidaying during early January, Epiphany (January 6th) is widely celebrated in Italy. Children hang up their stockings the night before, ready to be filled by a witch known as La Befana — who arrives by broomstick to fill the waiting stockings with toys and sweets. If you’re travelling with children, it’s a fun regional tradition they’ll love to get involved with.
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