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Covering Up in Churches

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North Wales
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Covering Up in Churches


My girlfriend and I are visiting Florence and surrounding areas of Tuscany next week.

I have read in several places that you have to "cover up" when entering churches.

Can someone please confirm what is appropriate to wear for both male and female as we don't want to get turned away.

Due to the weather we will probably both be wearing shorts and t-shirts. However, my girlfriend might wear vests on some days.

Do her shoulders just need to be covered or does she/we have to cover our legs as well?

Thanks in advance

Norwich, Norfolk, Uk
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for Tuscany
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1. Re: Covering Up in Churches

Yes, her shoulders need to be covered and both of your legs down to the knee. I usually carry a sarong or scarf in my bag to cover up with in hot weather.

Edited: 1:34 pm, August 19, 2013
North Wales
posts: 159
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2. Re: Covering Up in Churches

Thanks for the quick reply,

That should be fine then, we both have long enough shorts and my girlfriend has a light scarf.

San Francisco...
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3. Re: Covering Up in Churches

I carried a lightweight shawl and it was also hot during our stay - wore shorts and sleeveless blouses. My shoulders were always covered so I used it to drape as a sarong to cover my knees.

Some of the churches offered some type of paper drape - don't think it's available at all places. They did look pretty cool (to me).


United States
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for Cinque Terre, Lucca
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4. Re: Covering Up in Churches

<<Yes, her shoulders need to be covered and both of your legs down to the knee>>

Both men and women need their shoulders covered. No tank tops/ sleeveless shirts for either.


Long Beach,CA
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5. Re: Covering Up in Churches

Better to be prepared with scarf, etc... since I noticed most churches we visited offered paper drapes but there was a line for people needing those. We saw that the person who takes tickets or stands at entry seems to screen the people who come in. I would much rather come prepared and be able to see all the beauty in the churches than to stand in another line.

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