Church dress

Last Updated: 12th Aug 2013

<p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/europe/user_photos/vatican-group.JPG" class="rightwise" title="church dress" alt="church dress" /></p> <p><a href="/contikipedia/articles/europe">Europe</a> is filled with amazing buildings, architecture and churches. If you want to visit the inside of European churches, particularly in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/italy">Italy</a>, you need to dress respectfully, wearing what is generally referred to as &#8216;church dress&#8217;.</p> <h2>What should you wear?</h2> <p>As a general rule, you should have your shoulders, mid-section and knees covered. This rule applies to both males and females.</p> <p>For ladies this means that mid-riff tops are not allowed, nor are &#8216;strappy&#8217; tops that do not cover your shoulders, however, wrapping a thin shawl or a sarong around your shoulders is considered sufficient.</p> <p>Likewise, generally short shorts and skirts that do not cover your knees are not allowed but, again, a longer skirt, shorts or wrapping a sarong around your waist to cover your knees is acceptable.</p> <p>Gentlemen should wear long pants or shorts that again cover their knees.</p> <p>T-shirts, jeans and the like are perfectly acceptable, as are any other forms of clothing that simply cover your shoulders, mid-section and knees.</p> <h2>Shoes</h2> <p>Rules regarding footwear do not apply and thongs, sandals and flip flops are perfectly fine, as are all other varieties of footwear. You should however wear some form of shoe.</p> <h2>Enforcement</h2> <p>Although you may find these entry requirements are not observed in some churches, the larger churches like St Marks in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/venice">Venice</a>, the Duomo of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/florence">Florence</a> and St Peters Basilica of the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/vatican-city">Vatican</a> in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/rome">Rome</a> often strictly enforce this dress code, as does the Vatican Museums, home to the Sistine Chapel.</p>