Who has been to Italy in mid-September?

Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 05:48 AM
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Who has been to Italy in mid-September?

I can't figure out what to pack! The average temps are 70's and 80's. Is that jeans weather or shorts/skirts/capris? Packing both is really going to put a hitch in my "pack light" mantra. We are going to Rome, Positano and Capri. My assumptions are that Rome is more of a jeans place and Positano more resort wear so I may have to pack both anyway but....opinions?!
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Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 06:13 AM
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I have been to Italy in Sept. 4 times.
We packed capris and slacks and were fine.
I find that jeans are slow to dry and use up too much room in the suitcase.
Bring a sweater or light jacket for evenings.

have a wonderful time in MY Italia.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 06:22 AM
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Thank you! No need to alter my wardrobe in Rome vs the AC?
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italybound09, I am dealing with the same problem. We have always gone in the middle to the end of October and the weather is nice and cool.
We are going to florence and it sits in a bowl-like setting and holds the heat. Even linen will be hot there.

ekscrunchy gave me good advice on the camoglia villa rosa vs.
hotel casmona thread. You might want to check it out,
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Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 06:52 AM
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Exactly! We went to Paris and Prague in October and it was fabulous weather. Sweaters and jeans-coming from the south what a treat!
I will check out your thread-thanks.
ekscrunchy posted a great trip report that I read start to finish!
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italybound,

My last trip was last 3 weeks in Sept.
First week on the Amalfi Coast was hot and very humid to someone from a desert climate!

Second week in Rome, was perfect temps for walking around, but we did have 2 nts of heavy rain and lightening. Some puddles....

Third week was in Tuscany and Umbria - COLD! A bit higher altitude at the hilltowns and a very cold wind for 2 days. Had to buy a wool sweater!

I took a couple pair of lightweight cotton/linen pants, a pair of capri pants, a couple of cotton skirts. A variety of lightweight tees and linen tops. Did laundry a couple times. The one lightweight cotton sweater I took was not enough during those 2 cold days in Tuscany. Also had a mid length rain jacket which, as usual, I didn't use.

Hope this helps you a little. Buon viaggio!
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Dayle-it does! Thanks!
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I live in Italy, in the center of it. The weather is still pretty hot and it is announced to be like this for the entire september. Rome is usually pretty hot as it is a big city with a lot of traffic. So I would suggest you to keep light and bring a a pair of Jeans and a pullover just in case.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 09:54 AM
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Claudia_A-thanks!
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Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 10:40 AM
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I also froze last September (15-30) in Pienza/Montalcino/Orvieto/Siena/Florence. The Italians were wearing their winter coats. I only had a very light jacket. Brrr. Hope you have good weather! I stayed in small B&B's which of course don't have heat until November.
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Hi ib,

Jeans are not good travel garments. They are heavy, bulky and take forever to dry.

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I almost always pack jeans, and wear them!
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My jeans are a great travel garment. I take them and wear them every time I go to Italy and France. I think that jeans these days are a much lighter weight than they used to be. At least for women. And, you can turn the leg bottom up if it's hot.
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I always take a a pair of jeans, too. They do not take up significantly more room, and I've even sucessfully washed and line-dried them (in the summer at a rental apt., not in a hotel bathroom). They're one of the few clothing items I can count to wear & pack multiple times without wrinkling or looking too worn or dirty.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:28 PM
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Jeans will blend in in Italy where almost everyone below a certain age wears them.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 01:32 PM
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Twice in the last 3 years (2006 and 2008).
BEST time to be there, imo.
It was not hot, not even in Rome.
But not cold enough for sweaters, either...except at night, occasionally. Did need sweater in Cinque Terre at night, but that's bc you're right on the ocean.
I don't like heat or crowds, and I like not having to pack a lot of stuff, so for me mid-September is the absolute most perfect time to be in Italy.
I won't offer advice on what to pack, because I am an uber-minimalist, and most people wouldn't be happy with my packing list!
ENJOY your trip...I am envious.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2009, 02:08 PM
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Venice, Milan, Como, Cinque Terre cold-below 65 in September?
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I was in Italy (Venice, Florence, CT, and Rome) in mid-September 2006. The weather was terrific. The days were mostly warm to hot. The evenings could be cool enough for a sweater or light jacket, particularly in the CT. I took "summer" clothes—capris and light weight slacks, mix of short sleeve tops and 3/4 length sleeve tops, a light jacket, something in case of rain (only needed it one day in the CT). I did not take jeans, but they would certainly be OK to take. There are many different weights of jeans available in the stores so you do not have to take a heavy pair that would weigh down your luggage.
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Thanks for all of your replies-sounds like a variety of sleeve and hem lengths would be best.
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Ok, I'm gonna highjack this topic for a second. Claudia_A, what's the weather like in Rome and Venice the first 2 weeks of October? I plan on layering, but was thinking of throwing in a wool skirt for night.
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