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Whowhoareyou Tue 20-Oct-15 21:55:27

Help, first time in Italy! Anyone around to advise what to pack re me DH and dd4 and ds2. We have never been before,.. Any ideas as to whether to pack shorts and jumpers for the evening. Or am I being overenthusiastic in the search for sun? All advice greatly appreciated smile

RickRoll Wed 21-Oct-15 03:36:59

can of baked beans and a box of PG Tips.


RickRoll Wed 21-Oct-15 03:37:45

can of baked beans and a box of PG Tips.


GreenSand Wed 21-Oct-15 04:29:32

Sounds about right.
November in Rome was jeans and tee-shirt in the day, winter coat at night.

Donotknowhownottomind Wed 21-Oct-15 05:42:26

My Dad lives in Rome and told me it was 20 degrees the other day. I think it's light jacket in the morning and evening kind of weather as chillier then, but what you would wear during the summer in England during the day. Sorry that was a bit convoluted.

Hope you have a great time smile.

GruntledOne Wed 21-Oct-15 06:19:30

It should be warm, but don't forget to take waterproofs.

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Wed 21-Oct-15 06:26:18

How south is south? This week we are under a severe weather warning with many schools closed, streets flooded and trees down etc. Power was off for several hours at the weekend.

Don't want to put a damper on your plans, but that's for Puglia, Calabria and Campagna. Sicily is still on a massive mopping up operation as they got it first.

It will clear over the next few days obviously (it's already better here today than yesterday) If things go back to normal, it will probably be fairly warm in the mornings, but gets a bit damp and fresh in the late afternoons/evenings. Literally 4 days ago there were people in the sea, then 3 days ago the severe weather hit.

I get by (because am mad Brit) with a long cardigan until about November, but Italians have already done their so-called "change of season" and got all their winter woollies out.

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Wed 21-Oct-15 06:28:58

Lweji Wed 21-Oct-15 06:35:34

There are a number of websites showing up weather predictions for the following 10 days and weather hour by hour for at least 3. I'd check them out the day you travel to decide what to pack.

DoublePoints Wed 21-Oct-15 08:20:23

I'm on holiday in Rome at the moment. It's been just about warm enough to walk around in a short sleeve top over the past couple of days, but last night was really chilly and I needed a coat or jumper.

The Italians are all wearing padded coats.

Whowhoareyou Wed 21-Oct-15 08:32:25

Thanks all, yes we are heading to Calabria and surrounding areas. Oh lord, best pack flippers then... Will we be ok with jeans, boots and long sleeved tops?

OneFlewOverTheDodosNest Wed 21-Oct-15 09:14:05

Take waterproofs - we've just come back from Amalfi (so not even THAT far south) and there were quite a few heavy showers

Donotknowhownottomind Wed 21-Oct-15 09:38:11

Italians have already done their so-called "change of season" and got all their winter woollies out grin

Bless 'em. They are also fixated with drafts giving them colds and therefore covering their necks in temperatures that we would think of as a good English summer.

Disclaimer: am allowed to say this as my Mum was Italian though she wasn't temperature sensitive in the same way. My Dad now lives in Rome with his new Italian partner and she refuses to come to London ever it looks like, on the basis of it not being warm or dry enough confused.

Second disclaimer: I appreciate that not all Italians are like this and see loads living and working in London.

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Wed 21-Oct-15 10:27:35

Donotknow grin As I (literally) paddled out of school with water up to my ankles yesterday, I attempted for the nth time to tell them it rains MORE in Italy than it does in the UK. I have shown them rainfall statistics but they still won't have it.

limitedperiodonly Wed 21-Oct-15 11:20:02

DoNotKnow I met a good friend nearly 25 years ago when he came from Rome to London to study English and work in his father's friend's shop. It was a National Service dodge.

In spring he wore two t-shirts under a shirt, a jumper, a bodywarmer and sometimes a coat. Even on the hottest days in summer he'd never wear just a t-shirt.

Donotknowhownottomind Wed 21-Oct-15 11:20:07

I didn't know that then. Hmm, might have to share this information with my Dad's partner!

The other favourite saying which used to make us (including my Mum) angry when we were growing up was: "Da voi il sole e' come la luna, si vede ma non si sente!" (In your country the sun is like the moon, you can see it but you can't feel it.)

Anyway sorry, not the point of the thread!

limitedperiodonly Wed 21-Oct-15 11:22:18

I've also never seen fog in London so thick and lingering all day for several days like I have in Bologna.

Donotknowhownottomind Wed 21-Oct-15 11:30:06

Re. the extra clothing limited I sometimes wonder if people from hotter climates, either through genetics or experience, feel the cold differently? How can anybody feel cold when it's 20 degrees however confused? It's not as if they think the summer heatwaves are normal heat as they hate them (or at least my relatives do, especially this summer which was awful).

My h is Indian and he is always cold as well so maybe we are just hardier Northern European types!

JimmyGreavesMoustache Wed 21-Oct-15 11:33:42

i went to Naples a few years back in October half term
I feel the cold, and don't remember needing a coat, but did wear a cardie sometimes.

we did also have a bit of rain - a short sharp shower most afternoons which cleared up quickly - so bring brollies or a showerproof jacket

limitedperiodonly Wed 21-Oct-15 12:06:38

Donotknowhownottomind The first time I went to Italy was Rome in an April and it was hot. I wore t-shirts and shorts and I got sunburnt - not badly, it was a sting on the back of the neck which I'd forgotten to put suncream on.

It was 1981 and all the women were wearing navy skirt suits and scarlet tights. It would have been far too hot for tights let alone a jacket at home. The men - teens and 20s - were all wearing shiny Sergio Tacchini tracksuits with detachable lower legs. Not that they removed them, or the jackets which were firmly zipped up. Some of them who chatted to us appeared not to be wearing underpants though wink.

I was in Eqypt in a September and it was hotter than hell - particularly in Aswan in the south. We were wilting but the Italians were skipping about.

limitedperiodonly Wed 21-Oct-15 12:12:12

Sorry for the derail OP. I'd definitely take umbrellas or light waterproof jackets. The rain at this time of year can be Biblical. It doesn't usually last that long but if you get caught you'll know what being soaked to the skin means.

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