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1. Posted by scoot (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

hi we are leaving friday for italy. just wondered if places have any dress codes as far as covered shoulders etc. im usre the vatican does but any where else. im trying to pack and know it is very hot so just wondering what to take.thanks

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 11y

yeah, fair call scooter.

Last year in Spain our friend Jen was not allowed into a church because she had shorts and a sexy top on. It was really funny to see her "Im a stupid" expression. They recently passed a new law in Italy that anerican styled baseball caps are banned, so be weary of this. Also those pants that are not short and really still not exactly pants are also outlawed.:(

Italy is really hot this time of year and alot of the clubs in the city also maintain a face control and dress code, so bring some nice linen pants or something if your interested in going out.

3. Posted by Sunniebgi (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

I'm a little confused about Jeffg's post. baseball caps?? and are you talking about Capri's or Skorts.. those not quite shorts not quite pants things. Can't imagine either of those 2 items being banned, they have been around for decades.

Scoot.. just like in any country, be considerate of where you are.. History and religion play a big part in Italy. Conservative dress (even in 100degreeF weather). No tank tops, short shorts etc to visit churchs etc.

in the Caribbean we have something called Elegently Casual attaire. Not to formal, not to casual, but just right. even for the day time this works.

For a trip to the Vatican, I'd recommend a light long sleeve top and longish skirt. Just a thought.

have a great time.

4. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 11y

As long as shorts or skirts are about knee-length and your shoulders are covered for churches (and some museums) in Italy you'll be fine.

I just carried a long-sleeved lightweight shirt and a long-ish lightweight summer skirt in my day bag with me at all times and just pulled them over my shorts etc before entering somewhere with a dress code

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Yeah, like Tallbird said, churches and some museums were the only places I ran into any bother. I think the only place Ive seen ppl being refused entry was at St. Peter's basilica in Rome. You will see signs outside various churches around the country - no-one will really stop you going in, but you will get a few dirty looks.

If you're a girl, having a couple of wraps are really handy to cover your arms and legs, and you can just bundle them back in your bag when u come out. ;)