Before I left for Florence, I had the daunting task of packing for six weeks. I’m a fashion major, so clothes are how I express myself.
I had no idea what clothes I needed to pack, and I couldn’t find much on the internet about what the locals wore. I heard somewhere that shorts are a very American thing to wear, so I decided to only pack a few pairs of shorts. Since I knew Florence was going to be hot, (it was 95+ degrees every day!) I decided to pack mostly sundresses. I packed a couple rompers too, but since those are basically shorts I didn’t want to bring more than a couple. I also brought 3 pairs of pants that I knew would match multiple shirts that I packed. I also packed sandals and comfortable tennis shoes!
When I got to Florence, I immediately started taking note of what the locals were wearing. I was so glad that I didn’t pack many shorts because I didn’t see anyone wearing shorts anywhere! Dresses, skirts, and pants were all I saw. I mostly saw women wearing pants, but since it felt like a thousand degrees outside I decided that wasn’t an option! So, dresses are definitely best for Florence in the summer!
Since it was so hot outside, I wore dresses all day every day. I tried to wear pants one day rolled up into capris, but it was so hot outside I had to go back and change before I got too far from my apartment. I also bought sandals before I left the States, and I can’t express enough how important it is to buy comfy sandals and break them in BEFORE walking around the city.
Side note: ALWAYS pack clothes and a toothbrush in your carry on because there’s a big chance your luggage might not make your connecting flight! When I got to Florence, my luggage got stuck in the Paris airport, and I was stuck wearing the same pants for 3 days! Luckily the grocery store had some great dinosaur toothbrushes for me to buy!
Carly was a SAI Florence Summer 2017 student from Washington State University.