Travel Tip Tuesday: Calabria in the Winter-Five Things to Pack

Although most people consider Calabria a warm-weather destination, the lakes, mountains, ruins and medieval villages are actually year-round attractions. In fact, many people travel to Calabria in the winter months to meet their long-lost relatives or to save money on low-season flights and accommodations.

While it is true you won’t need to pack your summer trunks and tiny two-piece the following five things could make the difference between your trip-of-a-lifetime and that miserably cold Calabrian vacation you took one year.

Remember, layering is the key to successful winter dressing in Calabria-think long-sleeve t-shirts, sweaters and vests. And just to get you started on your list, here are five things you should always pack for a Calabria vacation in the winter.

A Quick Shot of Clarice
photo credit: Maxwell GS

1. Good, warm boots

Despite what you’ll read in some guide books, Calabria is down-right cold in the winter, and you will need a good pair of warm boots. It is likely your journey will entail walking through cobble-stone streets, trekking up steep hills and sloshing through muddy, wet ground.

Carry (or wear) a good pair of warm boots. Your feet will be grateful.

2. Wool socks

Speaking of thankful tootsies, wrap those bad boys up in some wool socks. Be sure to carry an extra pair (or some furry warm slippers) to wear at night. There isn’t a lot of carpet in Calabria and the marble floors are C-O-L-D. If you are planning an extended stay in Calabria, plan to hand-wash your socks every few days and hang them to dry.

3. Umbrella

Sadly, sunny Calabria turns wet in the winter, so be sure to pack a small umbrella or raincoat you can carry with you on your excursions. This is especially important if you are traveling to less-touristy destinations where shop-keepers won’t run outside to sell umbrellas at the first site of rain.

4. Sunglasses

Contradictory to #3?

You might think so, but the sun often precedes (or follows) the rain in Calabria, so make like a Boy Scout and be prepared.

5. Scarves, hats, gloves

These accessories will diversify your winter wardrobe and keep you warm as you scout out family ancestors and explore Calabria’s castles. Additionally, Catanzaro, Calabria’s capital city, is known for its fierce wind. These accessories will protect you for the elements.

What else do you suggest people pack for winter vacations to southern Italy?

Until next time … Buon Viaggio!

3 Responses
  1. I’m on the other side, in the heel of the boot, but it’s just as wet and cold here. The item that I just can’t live without at the moment is my bodywarmer. I don’t like having too much material over my arms and flapping around my hands, so a bodywarmer/gilet is perfect. A raincoat is the other absolute must. I prefer wearing a coat to carrying an umbrella, as it leaves my hands free. Mine’s light enough to fold up and put into a bag when I don’t need it, but sturdy enough to withstand the torrential rain that we seem to have all the time at the moment.

    I’ve heard they are fabulous, but NEVER tried one. I think I should! đŸ˜‰

    .-= Katja´s last blog ..Hear no evil =-.

  2. Good suggestion. I use warm boots to travel in winter season. Winter month is the best time to enjoy the beauty of nature. we need to take extra care on traveling in winter months

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