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Dress Code in the Tuscan Area & average temperature

We are going on VBT (Vermont Bycicle Trip) to Tuscany by The Sea in late September. At the end of this trip we will drive up into the Tuscan hills and stay at an agruturismo called Terre Di Nano for a few days.

I am trying to keep my luggage to a minimum but I understand that Italians are always stylishly dressed. My hometown has a tendency to dress down and I am a bit concerned about how to be "en vogue" but not carrying a beast of a suitcase. I know what I need for the biking part, it's the evening wear that keeps me up at night.

Any suggestions from seasoned women travelers would be very welcomed by myself and especially my husband. I have been looking at the average temperatures and it looks like day time it's warm but tends to cool off pretty rapidly in the evening. We will be there through the 1st week in October.

Thank you in advance for your expertise.

DiDi

Posted by
2002 posts

I have been to Florence, but will be staying in a small Tuscan town for the first time in Sept. So I don't really know how Italians dress in the evening there, but I don't think you can go wrong with a pair of nice black slacks (or skirt) and a nice top, or perhaps a simple black dress, in an easy to maintain fabric. Wear with a nice pair of sandals. Add a colorful scarf, if it isn't too hot, or a bit of jewelry. I think you can probably pick up some nice things to wear once you are over there also, once you see what other women are wearing. This is what I plan to do.

Posted by
1589 posts

A VBT trip sounds great! I suggest shipping one box ahead to your Tuscan destination so that you are not hauling so much around for the biking part of the trip. Have fun!

Posted by
62 posts

Hi BG,

Your idea of a black dress is a good one and I will probably also add a pair of black pants and some solid color shirts as your suggestion about using scarves to change the look is a good one.

We aren't really spending any time in any of the cities so shopping time will probably be restricted (I think my hubby planned it that way).

Thanks again for your suggestions and have a wonderful time in Florence. It's a gorgeous city.

DiDi

Posted by
144 posts

I have a very thin tiered black skirt (lined), that I wear with various tops for dressier occasions. It rolls up into nothing. I got it at the Mas Studio outlet for about $10.

Posted by
1813 posts

No need to go to the expense of shipping clothing over or back per the first poster.

For your hubby. A nice shirt with a collar, polo style and chino pants are perfect for night. For you, a skirt and shawl for dress up. The bike trips are very informal, not like formal night on a cruise. you don't need "evening wear" - just something business casual. No need to worry about being "en vogue" you will be with the bike group people, not Italians. Be comfortable.

Average temp is 70 or so, perfect for bike riding. the evenings can get a bit cooler, so take a light sweater, and of course a light rain jacket.

You can wear capri pants to dinner too, just dress it up with that shawl if you'd like. Italians are not that dressy anymore.

Posted by
62 posts

The shawl idea is a wonderful one, warmth and style. As we are staying in an agriturismo for 4 days after the bike trip I was concerned what the dress code for dinner would be. Much relieved to know casual is now acceptable.

I will check out a tea length black skirt, thank you for the suggestion from all of you. Hubby will be relieved he doesn't need a sport coat, we aren't much into dressing up.

Thank you one and all for your helpful suggestions and for taking the time to reply to my post.

May all your journeys be joyous and safe.

DiDi