Are you wondering what to wear in Rome in July? In this guide we tell you everything you need to add to your what to pack for Rome in July list from toiletries, to best shoes to the type of fabrics best suited to the Rome summer weather.
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Weather in Rome in July
If you are visiting Rome in July you will notice that the weather has started to get hot. But is Rome in June too hot? We answer all your burning question about the Rome weather in July and how if affects your Rome packing list.
Note: the weather between months changes quite dramatically and there are always special events in July in certain months. If your trip spans a couple of months then please be sure to check out our other monthly guides:
How hot is Rome in July? Is it too hot
Rome in July is hot – but is Rome in July too hot? Officially July is actually the hottest month of the year in Rome and as such it may well be too hot for some people. However if you are visiting Rome in July you need to know what to expect from the weather as it will greatly influence your packing choices.
Rome in July has an average high of around 31C and the average low is only around 19C.
Does it rain a lot in July in Rome?
Rain is definitely a rare occurrence in July in Rome. You only get around 1 -2 days of rain in this month and is usually isn’t very heavy.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that there is a lack of rain in July as it is the hottest month in the city. With this in mind we recommend leaving the waterproof wear at home.
What to Wear in Rome in July
Tips for how to dress in Rome in July
My biggest piece of advice for those looking for how to dress in Rome in July is:
- pick lightweight breathable fabrics – no manmade fabrics that make you sweat
- choose loose and flowy dresses instead of tight fitting
- have accessories for sunshine such as sunglasses and sunhat.
Note: This Rome in July packing list covers the city of Rome not the Vatican City because the Vatican City has its own very strict dress code. If you want more info on the Vatican Dress code check out this post.
Also if you are worried about what to wear to other tourist attractions in then be sure to check out our related Rome guides:
Best Shoes for Rome in July
Sandals are definitely the most practical shoes for July in Rome given the hot temperatures. I would select 1-2 pairs to take with you depending on your itinerary length.
I would also ensure that you don’t select sandals with high heels or without arch support as you need to protect your feet for all the walking you will be doing in Rome.
Though sandals are my go to shoes for July in Rome, I would also recommend taking a pair of sneakers with you for your heavier walking days.
Fashion trainers are more commonly seen in Rome than sports one (unless a person is actually doing sports). Our go to brands are:
- Hoka ,
- Sketchers Go Walks or
- All Birds
Just be sure if you decide to buy new trainers that you wear them in before you travel. Your feet will swell in Rome in July due to the heat so you need to be sure you have worn your shoes in to prevent blistering.
Longer length skirts and dresses
As the temperatures heat up as you experience Rome in Summer you will want light and breezy clothes. My go to clothes are skirts and dresses that are made of natural fabrics and are loose fitting.
Just be warned, although it is hot in Rome in summer you shouldn’t add too many short length skirts or dresses to your packing list.
Short skirts and dresses are top of my the what not to wear in Rome list as these are not appropriate for wearing inside Rome attractions such as churches as you need to dress modestly in these places.
Cotton trousers and Capri Pants
When selecting trousers for Rome in summer I recommend picking natural fabrics. Linens and cottons are a perfect pick for keeping cool.
Also you won’t find many Romans wearing shorts. You can wear shorts if you want (so long as you aren’t going into a church of course) however not many Romans will be wearing them. Instead of shorts we usually pack Capri pants which are more likely to be seen being worn by the locals.
Blouses are great for day to night transitions. The best choice of blouse will be a looser fitting one with shoulders covered in a natural fabric.
T shirts are great for casual days of sightseeing in Rome. As it is so hot in July you will only need short sleeve rather than long sleeve t shirts.
In all likelihood you will not need a cardigan for day times in July however it is worth bringing a lightweight one with you for dining al fresco for dinner in Italy.
I usually do not take a jacket with me for Rome in July but if you want to look smart and are going somewhere with a smart casual dress code I recommend packing a smart blazer.
A pashmina should be on your Rome packing list whatever the season. This can be used for modesty in churches and for a layer in the evenings.
PJs or Nightie
Lightweight pyjamas and nighties are what are required for July. Many hotels in Rome won’t have AC and therefore you will want lightweight nightwear with you.
Swimwear will not be required in Rome in July unless you are staying in a hotel with a pool or traveling to another location after Rome where you will be swimming.
The sun is dazzling in Rome in July so sunglasses are essential
To protect your face from the sun during July you will definitely want a sunhat on your Rome packing list.
Underwear and Socks
Goes without saying
What to pack for Rome in July for Men
Jeans and heavy weight trousers are going to be too hot for July. Chinos and other lightweight trousers are perfect for July.
Just be sure to have a smarter pair with you if you are going out at night to dress more like a local in July.
T Shirts and Shirts
Short sleeve T shirts are a must for this time of year. You won’t need long sleeve t shirts for the day time in Rome at this time of year as it is so hot.
However for the evenings we recommend having either a long sleeve or short sleeve button down shirt with you. Romans are stylish and tend to dress smart casual for dinner so this will help you be more fitting with the locals.
Although it isn’t essential for the day time a blazer can help smarten up an outfit for dining out.
Underwear, Socks and Pjs
A fashion sneaker is perfect for men sightseeing in Rome.
A pair of smart shoes for the evening will help you look less like a tourist and more like a local in Rome.
What Else to Pack for Rome in July
- Water bottle – staying hydrated is really important if you are visiting Rome in July. There are lots of free water fountains around the city so be sure to have a water bottle with you to refill throughout the day.
- Sunscreen –
- Travel Adaptor
- Power Pack / Battery recharger
- Crossbody bag – one with plenty of zips that can put off pick pockets is best.
How to Dress for Special Events in Rome in July
There are no special events or public holidays in Rome in July so you only need to be concerned with dressing for the weather in July
FAQs about July Rome Packing List
What do people wear in Rome in July?
People in Rome in July tend to wear light loose and natural fabrics. Dressing for July in Rome is all about dealing with the heat and the sun.
What would you add to this Rome July Packing List