Things to pack for a weekend trip to Rome

Recommendations from locals and Rome lovers

As the days are now longer, warmer and sunnier, we can finally start planning long weekends of exploration and relax. In Italy there are plenty of places to enjoy a Summer weekend getaway: seaside villages, mountain destinations, art cities… you name your favourite! From all the three-day vacation ideas we listed, of course we decided to bring you with us to the iconic Eternal City, Rome. We created a weekend-trip packing list to make things easier in case you are thinking about a weekend to spend in Rome.

Weekend packing list: the essentials

Visiting Rome attractions in just a weekend requires some essentials that will keep you going. Get ready to walk a lot, you won’t be able to stop because you will always want to find new narrow streets, visit one more monument or find a better gelateria than the one you just tried.

Essential one: comfy yet stylish shoes - because you want to be able to walk tirelessly and be in style from day to night. Sandals are recommended.

Essential two: a good phone or an old-style camera to take pictures of the Great Beauty.

Essential three: a nice bag that can contain all your needs for a day walking around the city. Choose a nice one just in case you won’t go home until late at night to enjoy the Roman movida.

Essential four: a hat that not only gives you a cool look but also protects you from the hot sun hitting Rome in Summer days.

Getaway weekend outfit ideas

Packing for a three day weekend is not easy (we know you want to bring half of your wardrobe but you only allow yourself a small trolley). The best way to pack and avoid bringing useless things is by preparing your outfits in advance. Besides the usual travel bag that keeps you company in all getaways, think about your plans in the city: have you reserved a table at that famous three-star Michelin restaurant in Piazza di Spagna? Are you going to the theatre? Or maybe are you planning to go to some Roman baths outside of Rome? Here’s some advice from locals:

Roman Summers are very hot so you would want to wear an outfit that can keep up with the weather. Wear a broadband hat and a very light sweater to protect you from the sunshine. A rattan handbag will finish your look - stylish and summery, expect some compliments while sipping your morning coffee.

If you are thinking of visiting Rome on cooler days like late Fall, you will only need a leather jacket and a pair of light pants to stay comfy yet stylish. If you are an all-day traveller and need a zipped bag, practical and spacious enough, Petra Small is the go to.

Places you can't miss in Rome

“When in Rome do as the Romans do” and so take some time to stroll around the typical Campo De’ Fiori, located on the right side of the Tiber. You will see plenty of Italian ladies doing their groceries and many people inviting you to enter restaurants and bars. From there, just take a small walk or hop on a bike towards Largo Argentina and you will see a small square with a tiny church between colorful buildings.

Close to the church you will find one of the best places to eat filetti di Baccalà, cod fillets made in the Roman way.

Not a great lover of fish? Then just cross the river and in less than 5 minutes you will find yourself in Trastevere, a neighborhood that you will love for the atmosphere (especially at night!) and for the many small typical restaurants that you will find in every corner and street. There you can easily eat the best pasta of your life while enjoying the beauties that Rome has to offer and speaking with locals.

Not to miss are the most famous monuments and destinations: Piazza di Spagna, the Trevi Fountain and the Pincio Terrace where you can enjoy the golden hour while admiring St. Peter’s Dome. Beautiful and romantic if you decide to travel with your better half.