Subject: Re: A hat for summer in Italy
Hi, Paul. I would suggest a straw hat -- for a man *or* a woman. Make sure there aren't spaces between the weaves. I found that out when I went to an outdoor wedding a couple of years ago and was facing straight into the sun. It shined brightly through the holes, and that was very annoying. Now, I have a favorite straw hat with a wide brim and no holes. It even has an inner band to make sure the hat fits snugly and resists blowing off. This is very important to me, as I have a small head and it's difficult to find a hat that fits. I found my hat at a golf course pro shop, so you might want to try there.

I'll be in Italy in July, and I'm sure going to use my straw hat there!

Diana San Diego, California