We are cruising the Western Mediterranean in late May. I understand we need to dress conservatively during shore excursions in Rome and Florence. However, are sneakers acceptable footwear when visiting the museums? We were told we may be walking up to three miles during these tours and would prefer to wear sneakers because they are our most comfortable shoes. Also, If sneakers are not appropriate for adults, whould it be okay for children to wear them?
You will probably find that even totally in-habit nuns are wearing sneakers, so no problem there.
It is totally inappropriate to take photographs in churches/cathedrals while Mass in underway. Other times are OK.
If you are in a church/cathedral during a service, and you are not of the Catholic faith, standing respectfully at the back of the sanctuary is the appropriate behavior.
Because you appear to be travelling with children, lay out the rules ahead of time. It would be OK for young children to wear "quiet" shorts.
It would be respectful for men to wear collared shirts rather than T-shirts advertising their favorite beer or NASCAR driver and for women to wear either skirts or long pants with a blouse/polo/shirt that comes down the arms a way. No tube tops.
You are in for more sensory delights than you can begin to imagine.
Black Rebock walking shoes for men and Aerosole Fourgive sandles are very comfortable for touring the European countries. The thick soles provide comfort for walking. The are also perfect for casual evening dress, too. I choose a cotton jumper with T- shirt and carried a light jersey jacket or nylon windbreaker just in case of rain or cooler temps. A back pack or tote will also prove handy for carrying your camera, jacket, rain protection (mini-umbrella), and change purse. Don't carry a pocketbook or fanny pak. Wear a Money belt.