October 20, 2017

What To Pack For An Autumn Break In Venice

packing for an autumn break in Venice

Packing For An Autumn Break In Venice

Hang on a minute. What did I just type??

An autumn break in Venice?! Yeah Baby!

Next week, early on Tuesday morning, I’m skipping some of the autumn half-term school juggle and heading off to Venice with Monica, Jo and Jennie for two days of Italian bliss!

Whilst we hatched the idea and booked the trip ages ago, it was only when I started wondering what *does* one pack for a trip to Venice in October, that it dawned on me that we are actually going.

The long range forecast has been checked at least three times a day and so far its looking sunny with temperatures around the 14 – 16 degrees mark.

So an autumnal monochrome packing rail it is then!

packing essentials for autumn in Venice

With half term upon us and the possibility that you too might be going away, I’ve compiled some key pieces that you might want to pack if you’re heading off somewhere new this autumn.

Of course you don’t have to be going anywhere in particular to “need” any of these. In fact, if you’re staying put next week then any of these are pretty much guaranteed to enhance every day of the week in any location!


With the weather in Venice looking pretty similar to the UK right now – i.e. not that crisp and cold yet and prone to bouts of unseasonable warmth – whilst I would love to be walking about in cosy sweaters, I think something lighter is in order.

Warmth in the form of a jacket can always be added but there’s nothing worse than walking around a city feeling too warm and being unable to shed a layer!


packing for venice in autumn


Comfort is key when packing for a city break – especially if you’re planning on seeing a lot of the sights on foot.

Pack trousers that get you through the day when paired with trainers but will also transform well for evening when you swap to a heel. I love nothing more than joggers worn with a silky shirt and simple heels.



When it comes to accessories and packing with limited suitcase space, you have to choose wisely. Make ’em count!

In my style rule book, scarves should be cashmere, sunglasses need to make a subtle statement and for obvious hands-free benefits, bags should be cross-body.

packing flat lay for an Italian city break

autumn accessory flat lay

Footwear & Jackets

There’s been a fair few trips in the distant past where inappropriate footwear and the wrong (or no) jacket has severely marred the enjoyment of the whole experience.

When it comes to shoes, if in doubt always go for comfort – black trainers will get you everywhere in style. And check ahead for the weather to ensure you pack the right coat. If in doubt, throw in a compact umbrella too – it allows much more freedom on the jacket front.

leather biker jacket cashmere scarf and monochrome tote


Have you been to Venice? If you have and have any recommendations or insider tips you’d like to share then feel free to drop me a note in the comments below! Jennie, Jo, Monica and I would be very grateful!

And before I say Ciao Bella and prepare for take off, a quick word about next week’s blog schedule. With it being half term, there will only be one blog post published… but hopefully you’ll like it. She says crossing her fingers!

Are You Ready For This? (I’m not sure I am!)

Next week sees the launch of my first ever Vlog! Argh!!

I decided the time has come to give this video thing a bit of a go so keep your eyes peeled for my fledgling efforts!

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An don’t forget to stay tuned to Instagram and Instagram Stories to see how our Venician adventures shape up!

Until then… Arrivederci a presto! 😘

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Style Credits:  Bella Freud JumperLeather Biker Jacket – The White Company | Lois Avery Cashmere Scarf | Tan Suede Bag (old) Mango – love this circular one! | Arnie Clothing Rail – Habitat | Topshop Ankle Boots | Kikki K Passport Holder | Quay Australia After Hours Sunglasses | Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Camera | NARS Sheer Lipstick in La Dolce Vita | Diptyque Philosykos Fragrance | Sudio Wireless Headphones 

3 comments on “What To Pack For An Autumn Break In Venice”

  1. Ooh have fun – last time I went there on a girls trip we booked a guided walking tour – was fab – especially as it ended in the food market – definitely don’t miss that bit!

  2. A great thing to do is to go up the San Giorgio bell tower rather than the one in San Marco. No queues and brilliant views – just catch the vaporetto across(buy ticket to cover your stay, individual journeys soon mount up)
    The Guggenheim is good place to visit, much more peaceful than some of the other galleries and you can wander round Dorsoduro which is a nice area.
    Don’t worry about getting lost – it’s fun!

  3. Complimentary Motor boat trip to Cipriani hotel for an outdoor lunch if weather acceptable. Trip to Murano for glass and Burano for pretty painted houses.

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