Italy in the summer is a lovely place to be, when flowers come into full bloom, fruits and vegetables are abundant, and the seaside destinations are abuzz with a boatload of activities and parties. However, summer is still summer, and during these months, temperatures can soar to a scorching 30 degrees centigrade or more. So yes, it can get VERY hot, it CAN get a bit uncomfortable, and you WILL sweat… but that doesn’t mean that you should let this get in the way of your enjoyment as you travel through Italy during your vacation there.
Don’t worry, because we’re here to share with you some useful tips on how to stay cool and survive summer in Italy!
Keep the alcoholic drinks few and far in between. While meals in Italy are normally served with either water or wine, try to opt for water instead, because alcohol dehydrates you and this is the last thing you need on a hot day. If you absolutely must have wine or alcohol such as at a social event or at a wine tour, try to attend events that occur in the late afternoons to early evenings, when the temperatures are gentler. Also, don’t be shy about following up your liquor with copious amounts of water to make up for the alcohol’s dehydrating effects.
Speaking of water, remember to A.) carry a water bottle with you, and that B.) the tap water in Italy is safe to drink. This is important as you will need to stay hydrated as much as you can. Major cities will have lots of clean drinking fountains that you can refill your water bottle from (much more practical than having to buy a new drink each time, too!), and you won’t have to worry about drinking non-potable water by mistake, as those fountains NOT meant for drinking are clearly labeled.
Before you even finish booking your trip to Italy, make sure to inquire if the place you will be staying at actually has air-conditioning. Don’t be afraid to inquire with your travel agent or host about this detail, because in Italy, air-conditioning is NOT a requirement for every home or establishment. While it is common in places such as hotel chains and resorts, those who plan to stay at smaller places such as bed-and-breakfasts, or those who choose short-term apartment rentals might want to double-check if this amenity is included. You wouldn’t want to miss out on a day of your vacation just because it was too hot to sleep the night before!
Dress comfortably, but decently… and keep those flip-flops at the pool. Yes, it’s summer and light clothing is the norm, but this doesn’t mean that you can wear your shortest shorts, smallest tank top, and neon-colored flip-flops anywhere and everywhere. Keep in mind that places such as churches and museums have been known to turn away visitors they deemed inappropriately dressed, so keep the beach wear at the beach if you don’t want to miss out on parts of your tour. Instead, men can wear T-shirts and comfortable long pants, and women can wear summer dresses, skirts, and knee- or calf-length pants. If you absolutely must wear a sleeveless shirt, just remember to bring along something to cover up with when you get to the museum, such as a button-up shirt or a light, airy shawl.
Stop using that huge backpack unless you really have to. Seriously, you will probably be sweating enough by just standing around in a light t-shirt, and actually walking around with a big, heavy backpack will just make it so much worse. Unless you’re bringing around important gear that you absolutely must not part with at the moment, opt for smaller sling or shoulder bags and the like. You can also keep a folded up reusable cloth shopping bag with you, should you need extra bag space later on in the day.
So there you have it! Those are just a few ways on how to stay cool during an Italian summer. Hopefully, with these tips, you’ll be able to beat the heat in Italy, and get to experience and enjoy everything that this lovely country has to offer!
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