Weather in Rome and Paris in May

Old Nov 18th, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Weather in Rome and Paris in May

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My future hubby and I are going on our honeymoon in Europe in May 2013. We are really excited, because we have never been there before. Were both 100% newbies. We are doing 1 week and Rome and 1 week in Paris. What is the weather going to be like when were there in May? Also, obviously were 5 months out so im getting ahead of myself here, but how much should we pack? I mean we are both serious overpackers. I mean I will pack so much and only end up using half of it, but I just like my options. So packing wise, how much should we pack? Would it be a little rediculous to bring 2 suitcases? I have a feeling that might happen...=)

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Mallory
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 09:02 AM
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Two suitcases EACH would be ridiculus to me. I travel up to a month with one 22 inch suitcase.

Weather in May is tough to predict in Paris, I was there one May and it was FREEZING , I was wearing my long sleeved shirt, my sweater, and my fleece jacket covered by my wind/rain jacket. Then one week later it was HOT, so good luck to you !

Weather in May in Rome is most likely to be very pleasant , and not too hot, so you have picked a good month for a visit there!

So , bring layers, and if possible I would start in Rome and end in Paris.
In Rome be sure to rememeber to tour churches and Vatican you must have shoulders and knees covered ( no sleeveless dresses or tank tops, or shorts) . This goes for hubby too. So capris and knee lenght skirts are good choices , and you can take a sundress but it must have some sleeves or bring a shawl or light sweater for the days you are touring churches.

Bring a rain jacket and a sweater and you should be able to layer for any weather, and you may get great weather, its just impossible to predict.

Don't over pack, you will find you wear the same things mostly anyways.
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 09:05 AM
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Welcome to Fodors and congrats on the celebration.
Down the bottom of every wiki city page is a climate graph and they are pretty good
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome

Now while I understand other continents have fashionable cities Europe has a fair few of which Rome and Paris consider themselves pretty much up there. So dressing to impress is going to be tough if living our of even a few suitcases.

There are a good number of articles in this forum but this one might set you up
http://www.fodors.com/news/story_4536.html

Finally, think about the other half, will this amount of clothing drive him mad?
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 09:07 AM
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It also depends on what you are going to do, if it is all canoing and catacombs walking then you need to dress differently to a lady-who-lunches. Justine above has it about right though
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 09:07 AM
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noooo - don't over-pack. apart from anything else you are bound to want to buy some things to bring home with you, so you need room for them. and what justinparis has said is spot on - pack layers in complementary colours, and you really won't need more than one small suitcase each.

anyway, congrats on your marriage, on finding your way here, AND on not trying to overfill your itinerary. A week in Paris and another in Rome should be wonderful, whatever the weather.
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 09:09 AM
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Two suitcases is totally overkill unless you are moving to europe. I am not a light packer - always have plenty of choices and nicer things to wear out to dinner - and do perfectly well with a 26" checked bag and a carry-on for toiletries, camera, books, miscellaneous and one change of clothes - just in case.

Rome will be a little warmer than Paris - originally. Weather in both places should be pleasant - but assume you will get a couple of days of rain - and definitely bring 2 pair of comfy walking shoes (you will do miles every day) and a sturdy folding umbrella. Also useful in a very thin rain jacket (the tissue kind) with hood and alight cotton sweater.

Be aware that there will be cobblestones and rough pavement in a lot of places - so don't count on flip flops or sandals.
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 09:57 AM
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I'm like NYtraveler, not particular what I think of a light packer (although I guess I am compared to some, the airline check-in people say so), but I don't even own a suitcase larger than 25 inch. I do take a light-weight 25 inch suitcase, which I check, and a largish carryon totebag (but not as large as a small 18 inch suitcase). that is softsided, not one of those with wheels and a handle.

I have traveled for several weeks with that with no problem, it should be easy enough to do in warm weather as you don't need boots, heavy coats, or even lots of heavy clothes, etc.

I like having options also and it is the shoes that are the problem with me (day time vs. night, hot weather vs. cool, etc.), but I generally limit myself to 4 pair, one of which I wear. I don't carry any electronic gadgets with me, however, and absolutely no hair appliances. Hotels will have hair dryers. I do take a few books, as I don't have e-readers, so I guess that would be more concise to have.
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 11:08 AM
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Re the weather:

if you want actual data as opposed to faulty memories or opinions go to wunderground.com and pick the cities; then look at the almanac/history data for previous years.

Re packing the FIRST question I think you need to answer and that nobody so far has bothered to mention:

how much, if any, LAUNDRY do you want to do? That is going to drive everything. You could also use the old-time trick of packing the bags and then taking half of the contents out and traveling with that alone.
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 01:24 PM
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Sorry - when I go for 2 weeks I do NOT do any laundry. I'm not going on vacation to wash clothes and refuse to pay hotels more to wash undies the same as I paid for them (I've been charged as much as $15 each to wash panties overnight in an emergency extended trip).

With a 25 or 26" wheelie you shuoldn't have to wash anything - esp in May.
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 03:12 PM
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I think in 2 weeks, one would probably wash some underwear, I do. Otherwise, you'd have to pack a lot to last 2 weeks, and underwear is easy enough to wash in the bathroom sink and dries fairly quickly. I also hand wash some socks (easier if they are thinner and sythetic, of course, but my short athletic socks I may wear (ankle height) also dry pretty quickly. IN very hot weather if I am sweating more, I may wash a tank top or something like that, also.

However, I certainly don't wash pants, capris, or sweaters of any kind. I don't think pants get dirty enough to wash just by wearing them a few times unless you are out plowing fields or something. That goes for jeans, also, I never wash my jeans at home just because I've worn them a few times, which is what it would be in a 2 week period given you have several pair of pants with you.
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 05:13 PM
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Sorry - to me handwashed panties just aren't clean - they need to go through a machine. And they're very tiny to pack - just fold and put inside your shoes.

For a two-week trip I will typically take about 20 pairs (about the same size as a couple of tee shirts).
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Old Nov 18th, 2012, 08:28 PM
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nytraveler you have got to be kidding, and have a hang up, because hand washed panties get cleaner then when they are thrown in washer with 20 other items, that is laughable, not comfy touching your underwear or what( so funny) . Hand washing ensure each piece is washed and rinced properly.
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Old Nov 20th, 2012, 07:12 AM
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Hand washing ensure each piece is washed and rinced properly.>>

actually, justin, i think that it's the rinsing that is the most difficult.

but overall i agree, it's dead easy to wash out a few pairs when needed, especially if there's a bidet to hand!
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Old Nov 20th, 2012, 09:11 AM
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To each his own. IMHO 25 minutes agitated in a machine is about 24 minutes more than I would spend washing - if I did - which I don't. How can hand washed possibly be cleaner? Do you take a washboard? Beat the clothes on rocks?

A couple of swirls in a sink - IMHO don't really count. (And it's not just panties - everything goes either into the washer or to the cleaners.)
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Old Nov 20th, 2012, 09:32 AM
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nyt - I might agree with you as a matter of course, but does it really matter for one or two washes on holiday?
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Old Nov 20th, 2012, 09:45 AM
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mallory,

If you are doing 1 week in each place you can rent an apartment and have a washing machine, and thus really reduce the amount of basics you pack. You can also really extend your fashion range if you essentially pack very lightweight clothes (which is all you will need in Rome) and layer with very lightweight sweaters or themals for Paris -- if you need them. You really can't know what to pack until you see a 5 day weather forecast for Paris. So relax about that.
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I use the same size suitcases as nytraveler and I am 6'3" with size 14 shoes, so you can do it!

I think many of us who are more frequent travelers would agree with pizzochieri about renting an apartment if you are going to be somewhere for a week, but on a first trip, having hotel staff who can help you make reservations and offer advice on how to do things is nice. With luck, you will get to go back often!

I have been to Paris in May a number of times, and the weather has always been good, though I think it was cold in spring 2012. We have had several rainy days over the years, but they were really rainy _parts_ of days, not downpours all day long.
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Can't imagine you need thermal anything in Paris in May - and I've been there numerous times - at all times of year.

Caveat: If you come from a very hot climate and start putting on coats when the temp goes below 70 - I can't judge (since I don;t wear anything but a tissue weight jacket until you get to about 50).

annhig - Well it matters to me. But then I have never claimed to be low maintenance. (I try not to be difficult - but I am often particular.)
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