Dressing for December in Rome

Nov 28th, 2004, 05:13 PM
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Dressing for December in Rome

My teenage daughter is going to Rome, Florence and Lucca the week before Christmas. Any suggestions on packing for the temperature and weather conditions at that time of year? She will have only one checked bag so we have to be efficient.

Nov 28th, 2004, 05:20 PM
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I recommend a medium weight waterproof jacket as the primary outdoor wear. Rome shouldn't be all that cold at Christmas, but you could get a cold snap. Typically the temperature will be in the high 40s to low 50s during the warmest part of the day, and nights will usually be above freezing. You'll have some rain, hence the waterproof jacket. Take a compact folding umbrella. Otherwise, normal clothing typical of a midwestern latitude in the U.S. at that time of year should be adequate. Good luck.
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Nov 28th, 2004, 05:33 PM
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for a general idea of past trends, check a weather website that offers historical data--www.wunderground.com is just one
Two years ago friends of mine were in Rome in late Dec and the weather was freezing.
I think you'll just have to check the forecasts just before she goes.
Layering is key anyway--if she packs turtlenecks and tee shirts to wear under sweaters to wear under a warm coat or jacket,she'll be prepared for just about anything. An umbrella, and shoes/boots that can withstand wet weather are also key to comfort imo.
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Nov 28th, 2004, 06:06 PM
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And a good warm scarf will be a help plus gloves. Italians bundle up when it is cold.
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Nov 30th, 2004, 01:36 PM
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Thanks so much. I think we can pack now!
Nov 30th, 2004, 01:45 PM
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Jayne, think layers and waterproof, bring a hat, gloves and scarf for each of you, and I think you'll be all set.

Buon Viaggio,
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Dec 14th, 2004, 09:12 AM
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Thanks again to each of you. She leaves in three days. Any last minutes tips that might come in handy?
Dec 14th, 2004, 09:23 AM
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I agree with the some of the other suggestions. I would bring a hat gloves and a lightweight rain top and then dress in layers. Fleece with a long sleeve cotton top should be more than enough. I usually had the rain gear, gloves etc. in my backpack. We actually had a day in Ostia Antica that was at least 65 deg f and sunny.
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Dec 26th, 2004, 10:13 AM
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Just wanted to let you know that, thanks to your advice, my daughter was perfectly packed for the weather in Italy and had an absolutely wonderful time. I want to go now!
Thanks again!
Dec 26th, 2004, 10:35 AM
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Jayne, Thanks for reporting back!
It's always nice to hear that advice from here has helped.
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Dec 26th, 2004, 07:30 PM
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Jayne, that is great! And now you must make plans to visit Rome.

Happy New Years to you and your loved ones.
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