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Shorts on the Amalfi Coast

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I thought I'd read in a travel guide that while slacks (for men) and capri style pants (for women) were more acceptable clothing and shorts were not, in most of Italy, this wasn't entirely true on the Amalfi Coast.

I had THOUGHT that we'd be fine with wearing our shorts (out in the 80-90 degree heat every day) just walking around the towns, doing shopping, and not going into any churches. Now my husband has just read in a different guide (I can't find the thing I read over six months ago about this when we first started planning the trip) that shorts are ONLY acceptable if you're on the beach, and that otherwise, he's going to have to wear slacks, everywhere.

Is this true? We're flying out on Sept. 11th. The weather doesn't look to be cooling down much at this point. He's going to be -dying- in slacks in 90 degree heat. We live in Vermont, and all he wears are shorts from April through the beginning of December. All of the slacks we have for him are cotton twill, which is better than freekin' wool, but even so, they're hardly light and comfortable...

I was completely not expecting to have to go out and buy a bunch of clothes for this. I really thought our casual clothing would have been sufficient. I might be able figure something out with some of my skirts (though even those are going to be kinda on the hot side to wear all day), but I'm not going to wear ballet shoes or sandals with my skirts walking up and down hills all day long. I HAVE to wear shoes that will support my feet and legs, so I'm going to look totally dorky with my skirts and new balance shoes.

I'm really reeling here, and starting to panic a bit. *sigh*

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