JUNE | Destination Travel Capsule – ITALY 

Today, I thought it would be fun to share the trip we had already planned for this month—Italy. This was a large family reunion trip that unfortunately had to be postponed—hopefully just until next year. 

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I studied abroad my junior year of college studying art in Cortona, Italy (before Under the Tuscan Sun came out) and then backpacked across Europe. I’ve been to Venice, Florence, Siena, Ravello, and Rome. I’ve always wanted to go back, and I know how much my husband would love this trip. We had both travelled extensively before meeting, but to entirely different parts of the world (my husband was in the Navy). So, this would make for an amazing family vacation. I always plan longer trips when going overseas as flights are so expensive. 

I love to plan this type of trip—half relaxation and half sightseeing and city touring. It’s the best of both worlds! I’m a real history and art buff, so of course I have to see as much as possible! 

About the Destination:

Italy is a country rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, making it a true dream destination. Rome, the capital city, is a vibrant metropolis filled with ancient ruins, Renaissance art, and Baroque architecture. Known as the “Eternal City,” Rome offers an endless array of historical sites, including the iconic Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Vatican Museums, home to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. 

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Pompeii, a short trip from Naples, provides a unique glimpse into ancient Roman life. The city was buried under volcanic ash in AD 79 following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Check out my book recommendation, Pompeii by Robert Harris, for an exciting novel set in the lasts days before the eruption!

The Amalfi Coast, with its stunning cliffs, charming towns, and crystal-clear waters, is perfect for relaxation and picturesque views. This region is known for its lemon groves, colorful villages, and delightful cuisine. 

Trip Planning 

3-week vacation with a long-haul flight, emphasizing the need for versatility and comfort in my wardrobe. 

Multi-City Flight: Miami to Naples and Rome to Miami 

Day 1: Fly out of Miami (Approx. 12 hours) 
Day 2: Arrival in Naples – hire driver to the coast. 
Days 3-10: 1 Week on the Amalfi Coast 

Group of 12: My family, my sister’s family, our parents, brother & sister. We had originally planned on staying in a cliffside villa in Maiori, Campania, Italy. 

Amalfi Coast Excursions:

  • Family Time – Relaxation 
  • Walk the Pathway of the Lemons: A scenic walk from Minori to Maiori, offering stunning coastal views. 
  • Boat Trip to Capri: Enjoy a day exploring the beautiful island of Capri, famous for its rugged landscape, upscale hotels, and shopping. 
  • Day Trip to Positano: Visit this picturesque town known for its steep, narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes. 
  • Day Trip to Salerno: Explore Salerno’s medieval city center and beautiful seaside promenade. 
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Then the pernicious charm of Italy worked on her, and, instead of acquiring information, she began to be happy. 


Day 11: Day Trip to Pompeii & Herculaneum – stay overnight in Naples 

Early Morning Departure from the Amalfi Coast. Hire a driver or take a train from Maiori to Pompeii. (1-1.5 hours.) Arrive at the Pompeii archaeological site in the early morning while it’s still coo exploring the site with a local tour guide. Highlights include the Forum, the Villa of the Mysteries, the Amphitheater, and the House of the Faun. Walk through the streets, visit the baths, and marvel at the frescoes and mosaics. After a few hours of exploring Pompeii, take a break for lunch.

Head to Herculaneum, which is a short train ride away (around 20 minutes by Circumvesuviana train). Spend the afternoon exploring this smaller, but equally fascinating site. Key highlights include the House of the Mosaic Atrium, the House of the Deer, and the ancient baths. After exploring Herculaneum, travel to Naples for an overnight stay. Check into your hotel or Airbnb in Naples. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Naples’ renowned pizzerias.

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Day 12: Travel Day – High Speed Rail from Naples to Rome (relax at Airbnb or hotel and walk around) 
Days 13-16: Rome Sightseeing & Touring

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  • Colosseum: Possibly a night tour for a unique experience (my teens would love this- plus we’ll avoid the heat!)  
  • Roman Forum: Walk through the heart of ancient Rome. 
  • Via Appia Antica and Catacombs: Explore the ancient road and its underground burial sites. This was one of my favorite trips when I last visited.
  • Gelato! Sample some of Rome’s best gelato. 
  • Trevi Fountain: Toss a coin to ensure our return to Rome. 
  • Galleria Borghese: Admire an extensive collection of sculptures and paintings. 
  • Villa Giulia: Visit this museum dedicated to Etruscan art and artifacts. 
  • Pantheon: Marvel at this ancient temple turned church. 

Day 17: Day Trip to Villa d’Este and Tivoli Gardens 

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Villa d’Este, Tivoli Gardens & Villa Adriana

We’d start our day early and take a train or hire a private car to Tivoli. The train ride from Roma Termini to Tivoli takes about an hour, offering a scenic view of the Italian countryside. Tour the villa, wandering through the beautifully frescoed rooms.

Spend a few hours strolling through the enchanting gardens. Highlights include the Avenue of the Hundred Fountains, the Oval Fountain, and the Rometta Fountain. Don’t miss the spectacular Water Organ Fountain, which plays music as water flows through it. After your visit to Villa d’Este, enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the charming local restaurants in Tivoli. Sample some regional specialties, such as pasta alla gricia or abbacchio. 

In the afternoon visit UNESCO World Heritage Site, Villa Adriana. This vast Roman archaeological complex was the retreat of Emperor Hadrian and is filled with ruins of palaces, temples, and baths. It’s about a 10-minute drive from Villa d’Este and offers a fascinating glimpse into the opulence of the Roman Empire. Head back to Rome in the late afternoon or early evening.

Day 18: Fly home out of Rome 

Possibility to extend trip – add on would be 2-3 days in Naples visiting: 

  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale: One of the most important archaeological museums in the world. 
  • Museo di Capodimonte: Art museum housing a vast collection of Italian masterpieces. 
  • Napoli Sotterranea (Underground Naples): Explore the city’s underground tunnels and ancient ruins. 
  • Pio Monte della Misericordia: Home to Caravaggio’s famous painting, Seven Acts of Mercy
  • San Lorenzo Maggiore: An ancient church with fascinating archaeological layers underneath. 

Season & Weather

In June, Rome experiences warm and sunny weather, making it an ideal time to visit the city. Rome can experience occasional heatwaves during June, with temperatures exceeding 30°C |86°F for extended periods. Overall, June offers warm and sunny weather, perfect for exploring Rome’s outdoor attractions, dining al fresco, and soaking up the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Always check the weather forecast closer to your travel dates.

  • Average High Temperature: Around 29-31°C | 84-88°F
  • Average Low Temperature: Around 17-19°C | 63-66°F 

Color Palette for Italy

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  • Choose 2-3 neutral colors that will form the base of your wardrobe, such as beige, white, and navy blue. 
  • Select 1-2 accent colors inspired by the vibrant atmosphere of Rome, like terracotta or olive green. 
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Choosing the right colors for your summer wardrobe in Rome can enhance your experience and complement the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Here are some great color choices for fashion in Rome in summer: 


  • White: Crisp and clean, white reflects sunlight and helps keep you cool while exuding a timeless elegance. It pairs well with almost any color and is perfect for creating chic summer looks. 
  • Beige/Tan: Neutral tones like beige and tan evoke a sense of warmth and blend seamlessly with the city’s historic architecture and sun-soaked streets. 
  • Navy Blue: A classic choice, navy blue adds depth and sophistication to your summer wardrobe. It pairs beautifully with other neutrals and serves as a versatile base for your outfits. 


  • Terracotta: Inspired by the earthy hues of Rome’s ancient buildings and terracotta rooftops, terracotta adds warmth and depth to your summer palette. 
  • Olive Green: Reminiscent of the lush Mediterranean landscape surrounding Rome, olive green brings a touch of nature and tranquility to your outfits. 
  • Coral | Reds : Vibrant and energizing, coral and red shades are perfect for adding a pop of color to your summer wardrobe. It complements sun-kissed skin and captures the playful spirit of summer in Rome. 
  • Golden Yellow: Evoking the warmth of the Mediterranean sun, golden yellow exudes joy and optimism. It’s a cheerful choice for summer fashion and adds a sunny touch to any outfit. 

Prints and Patterns

  • Stripes: Timeless and versatile, stripes evoke a nautical charm that is perfect for summer in Rome. Whether horizontal or vertical, stripes add visual interest to your outfits while remaining effortlessly chic. 
  • Florals: Embrace the romance of summer with floral prints inspired by the lush gardens and blooming flowers of Rome. From delicate daisies to bold blooms, floral patterns add a feminine and whimsical touch to your wardrobe. 
  • Mediterranean-inspired Prints: Look for prints featuring motifs inspired by the Mediterranean region, such as Mediterranean tile patterns, citrus fruits, or seaside scenes. These prints capture the essence of summer in Rome and infuse your outfits with Mediterranean flair. 
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Elegant, Tailored, Sophisticated, Mediterranean-inspired Prints 

  • Lightweight Dresses and Skirts: Opt for breezy, flowy dresses and skirts made from lightweight fabrics like cotton or linen. These pieces will keep you cool and comfortable while exploring the city’s streets and attractions. 
  • Breathable Tops: Pack a variety of breathable tops such as cotton, modal, silk or linen shirts, blouses, and tank tops. These versatile pieces can be paired with shorts, skirts, or pants and layered under lightweight jackets or cardigans for cooler evenings. 
  • Comfortable Pants and Shorts: Choose comfortable and breathable pants or shorts for daytime sightseeing. Drawstring pants, Linen pleated trousers, and chino shorts are great options that offer both style and comfort. 
  • Versatile Footwear: Comfortable footwear is crucial for exploring Rome’s cobblestone streets. Opt for supportive sandals, espadrilles, or sneakers that provide cushioning and stability. Consider packing a pair of dressier shoes or sandals for evening outings. 
  • Layering Pieces: While Rome is hot during the summer months, temperatures can drop slightly in the evenings. Pack lightweight layering pieces like a blazer, cardigan, or shawl to stay warm when the sun goes down. 
  • Classic Accessories: Enhance your summer wardrobe with classic accessories like a lightweight scarf, statement jewelry, or a stylish crossbody bag. These accessories can elevate your outfits and add a personal touch to your look. 
  • Breathable Undergarments: Choose breathable and moisture-wicking undergarments to stay cool and comfortable throughout the day. Seamless bras, moisture-wicking underwear, and lightweight socks are essential for all-day comfort. 
  • Sun Protection: Don’t forget to pack sun protection essentials like sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, sun umbrella and sunscreen. These items will not only shield you from the sun’s rays but also add a touch of style to your outfits. 
  • Packable Rain Gear: While summer in Rome is generally dry and sunny, it’s always smart to be prepared for unexpected rain showers. Pack a lightweight, packable umbrella to stay dry in case of inclement weather and double as some sun coverage. 
  • Culture & Traditions: While in Rome you’ll want to dress for your activities.  Many areas have stricter dress codes, especially churches, the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica.  For these days opt for pants or a longer skirt/dress that covers your knees and bring a wrap, scarf or light jacket to cover your shoulders. 

Here’s what I would bring: 

  • 2-3 Tee shirts  
  • 2-3 Tank tops 
  • 1 neutral swimsuit (double as tank top) 
  • 1 bikini (fun print) 
  • 1-2 Dress Shirts (linen/cotton/silk) 
  • 2 Piece Matching set (Crop Woven Top and Wide Leg pant) in Neutral Colors 
  • Jumpsuit/Dress in Accent Color 
  • Lightweight Drapey Silk or Voile Dress 
  • Printed Skirt
  • Tailored Pleated Pant  
  • Drawstring/Elastic waist pant (cotton/linen/athletic) TRAVEL DAY
  • Tailored Shorts
  • Scarf/Lightweight Wrap (possibly buy on trip) 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Strappy Sandals 
  • Dressy Flat 
  • Sneakers 
  • 2 Belts

Watch my Video on YT to see what I would pack for this trip!

Here’s what I picked from my own handmade wardrobe:

Look 5: Drawstring Drapey Pant (cotton/linen/athletic) with Tank Top (both in same color neutrals) and Dress Shirt (linen/cotton/silk), woven bag and sandals. (wear with sneakers or flats for travel day)

My Italy Inspiration Project:

Look #5 Travel Outfit

If you’d like to sew along with me this month create something inspired by Italy!

I’m creating a relaxed travel look in a black tencel twill (pant), a maillot in black and rust and a double gauze white button down shirt inspired by Look # 5.



Travel Looks | Italy

  • Look 1: 2 Piece Matching set in Neutral Colors
  • Look 2- Stylish Jumpsuit (or Dress) in Accent Color
  • Look 3 Evening/Dressy: Lightweight Drapey Silk or Voile Dress (add a wrap or scarf) with strappy sandals
  • Look 4: Tailored Pant and Simple Tank (or Swimsuit) in same colorway with Belt & Sandals
  • Look 5: Drawstring Drapey Pant (cotton/linen/athletic) with Tank Top (both in same color neutrals) and Dress Shirt (linen/cotton/silk), woven bag and sandals. (wear with sneakers or flats for travel day)
  • Look 6: tailored elegant (pleated) Pant (linen/silk noil/cupro), solid tank, handbag, bold earring and dressier shoe. Silk Tank 07/2013, Burda Style Simplicity S9111 Sewing Pattern Misses' Faux Wrap Pants, Skirt & Shorts
  • Look 7: Lightweight modal or cotton knit tee in neutral color with neutral tailored pants
  • Look 8: Dress Shirt (rolled up sleeves- linen/cotton/silk) with tailored shorts and wide belt, straw bag and flats.
  • Look 9: Dress Shirt with printed midi or maxi skirt and wide belt
  • Look 10: Tank or Tee and Loose Woven Pant (could be same as matching set) in same neutral color and accent dress shirt (linen/cotton/silk) long/layered necklace and neutral sandal

Sewing Pattern Options:

  • ASTER TOP & DRESS, True Bias
  • Zadie Jumpsuit PDF Pattern, Paper Theory
  • VALÉRIE, I AM Patterns
  • Smultron Dress, Paradise Patterns
  • Lago Tank Digital Sewing Pattern (PDF), Itch to Stitch
  • AUDREY PANT, Style Arc 
  • Vogue 2014 Misses' Shorts and Pants
  • Jenna Shirt + Shirtdress, Closet Core Patterns
  • Silk Tank 07/2013, Burda Style
  • Simplicity S9111 Sewing Pattern Misses' Faux Wrap Pants, Skirt & Shorts
  • POPPY T-shirt pattern Clematisse Patterns
  • Anna Shirt sewing pattern , Wardrobe by Me
  • MAVE SKIRT, True Bias

I chose 10 travel appropriate looks and sewing patterns to help you design your own capsule wardrobe for Italy- or any summer vacation. These looks are classic and versatile and would be perfect to recreate for your next trip.

Find Inspiration on my Pinterest Board:

Fabric Shopping in Rome

  • Bassetti Tessuti Roma | Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 51, 00186 
  • Cloth House | Via dello Statuto, 64-66, 00185 
  • Azienda Tessile Romana | Via di S. Nicola de’ Cesarini, 13, 00186 
  • TESSUTI Stock textile Roma | P.za Vittorio Emanuele II, 89, 00185  
  • Pierlorenzo Bassetti fabrics | Via del Gesù, 60, 00186 
  • Francesco Longo e Figli | Piazza della Enciclopedia Italiana, 50, 00186 
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Here are my top recommendations for books, tv, movies and podcasts to get you inspired and help you plan your trip to Italy!

To Read 

Novels/ History:

  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  • Pompeii: A Novel Robert Harris
  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard


  • Giada’s Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita: A Cookbook by Giada De Laurentiis.


  • Glam Italia! How To Travel Italy: Secrets To Glamorous Travel (On A Not So Glamorous Budget)

Travel Guides:

  • Amalfi Coast Travel Guide 2023: The Essential Guide to Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Amalfi With Capri, Naples & Pompeii, the Top Spots and Hidden Gems
  • Fodor’s The Amalfi Coast, Capri & Naples
  • Moon Amalfi Coast: With Capri, Naples & Pompeii 
  • Rick Steves Pocket Rome
  • Insight Guides Italy (Travel Guide with Free eBook) 
  • National Geographic Traveler Rome 5th Edition 
  • National Geographic Traveler Italy 6th Edition

Listen In


  • James May: Our Man in Italy

Additional Links & Articles

How to plan an Italy trip

The Best Airbnbs in Italy: https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/best-airbnbs-in-italy-rome-tuscany-venice

The 20 Best Hotels in Italy: https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/best-hotels-italy

I hope you found this blog post helpful and it helps you create a beautiful travel wardrobe for your next trip! Happy Sewing!

2 thoughts on “JUNE | Destination Travel Capsule – ITALY ”

  1. I’m going to print this out to keep with my travel books. Better yet, I think this should be a printed book! Excellent throughout! Let’s go!

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