Sicily is home to some of Italy’s most astounding scenery, delectable cuisine, and colorful culture that’s all its own. A visit to Sicily means countless opportunities to take in the architecture and wander the medieval streets, snorkel on gorgeous beaches, peruse charming local markets, visit vineyards, and take in natural wonders like Mount Etna. But no matter what your Sicilian travel plans are, you’ll want to pack so that you’re ready for any occasion. Here are our some of our Sicilian secrets packing essentials we’d recommend bringing along for your Italian adventure.
Sicilian Secrets Packing Essentials
Practical (but Pretty!) Accessories
Most travel experts recommend hitting Sicily in warmer months (May to October); and if that’s the case for your visit, think lightweight accessories that will help you enjoy the beautiful weather. We recommend these essential items that will help you make the most of your trip:
- A wide-brimmed hat will help keep that strong Sicilian sun off of your face, neck, and shoulders.
- A pair of sunglasses (we love a glam, retro style reminiscent of an Italian film starlet) will keep your eyes protected and help you look super chic, even during a hiking trip or coming home from the beach.
- It’s also a great idea to bring a market bag made from durable materials like canvas or straw. Think something big enough to carry a beach towel, a book, a change of clothes, and other essentials. You’ll have a chance to shop some fantastic Sicilian markets for produce and artisanal goods, and you’ll want a roomy bag to hold all of your finds.
A Beautiful Bathing Suit
Sicily is surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean and home to some of the world’s best beaches, so it’s safe to say you’ll spend a lot of time swimming and soaking up some rays. Since you’ll likely be living in your bathing suit for much of your time; it’s worth it to invest in a style that’s both comfortable and chic. Over the past few seasons, we’ve seen the once-humble and dowdy one-piece get reinvented for the modern woman, and the many flattering styles will keep you looking great while you stay active during swimming and snorkeling adventures.
A Versatile Maxi Dress
Easy to pack and always comfortable, a good maxi dress is something you should not leave out of your suitcase. Maxi dresses are like the Swiss army knives of Sicilian summer fashion: they can be dressed down with a simple pair of sandals or glammed up with heels and a little bit of jewelry so that you can wear the same dress several different ways over the course of one trip. A dress in a pretty floral pattern or a bright, summery color is a fun way to add a little bit of personality and flair to your travel wardrobe. For cooler nights, add a long, drapey cardigan or a lightweight scarf to for a simple, effortless ensemble.
Classic Yet Comfortable Shoes
In addition to days at the beach, you’re guaranteed to do a ton of walking; as you make your way through Sicily’s famously varied terrain. The shores and roads in Sicily can be rocky, steep, or both, and the medieval streets of many Sicilian towns can be uneven, so we’d recommend that you leave most of your heels at home. Instead, choose a stylish pair of sneakers that will be easy to mix and match with any outfit. Opt for something in lightweight canvas with a low profile that will be both cool and comfortable. Throw in a pretty pair of metallic sandals for your more easy-going sightseeing days and evenings out; and you’ll have your footwear options covered.