Coming to Rome in June? It is still mostly a spring month so the weather is gorgeous! Warm but not too hot, with long sunny days and little rain. June is a great time to be in Rome!
Here's what you need to know:
At the beginning of June, we are still in spring-mode: the days are quite warm, and Rome is full of flowers. But we can have some temperature swings, and rainy days, and cool evenings.
By the end of June, summer weather is here and you can count on long, warm sunny days and comfortable evenings with only a touch of breeze. During the day it's in the high 20's C / high (low 80's F), and in the evenings, it's in the high teens C / high 60's F.
These are my personal recommendations for your visit to Rome in June, which I own or use:
With the warm weather, a lot of people want to walk around Rome in shorts. While Romans won't dress this way, you can if you want to. But if you are visiting any church (that includes the Vatican and Vatican Museums), or other Christian site, you cannot have bare knees. These hiking pants with removable leg are perfect for a quick change.
I say this on every page about what to wear in Rome, but it's because in Rome, you can never go wrong carrying a scarf with you. Even in warm spring/summer months. A light cotton scarf can warm you up on a chilly evening, or if you need to cover bare shoulders to go into a church.
A maxi skirt is another good way to be cool and comfortable while sight-seeing, but also appropriate for visiting any Christian sites like churches and catacombs.
T-shirts are perfect for Rome in June, since they are short-sleeved for warm weather, but still covering your shoulders.
A light cardigan is a good idea for travel to Rome in June, and is easily packed in your luggage (or good to wear on the chilly airplane) but also your bag or backpack while you walk around Rome.
For more on what to pack for Rome, with downloadable packing list, visit my page all about this.
For sight-seeing in June in Rome, here is the ideal way to dress:
In June in Rome, the evenings are pleasant and it's nice to eat outside. Since June is still mostly a spring month, you should expect the possibility of a cool evening, and have a cardigan and/or scarf with you just in case.
June, especially late June, is shorts and tank-top weather, but you won't find (most) Romans dressing like this in the city (although they do at the beach.) They certainly don't wear short shorts. But Romans are used to tourists doing it, so if you want to, go right ahead.
Just remember, if you plan to visit any churches or other Christian site, especially the Vatican, you will not be allowed in with bare knees or bar shoulders. Always carry a scarf or light sweater just in case you find yourself wanting to pop into a church (which is one good way to keep cool if it's a hot day!)
June is one of those months when everyone wants to come to Rome. A lot of people are out of school, and it's high travel season all around Europe.
June days are long and sunny and pleasant, and not too hot, so it's very appealing to be in Rome now. And, you can combine your visit to Rome with a visit to the seaside, which make flying into Rome even more attractive.
So yes, June in Rome is very crowded. Plan for high airfares and hotel rates, and plan for crowds. But plan ahead and book what you can in advance to avoid long lines. And try to get off the beaten path to avoid the crowds if you can.
The markets are full of fruits and vegetables and bursting with color. In June, you can still get some spring fruits and veggies like beans, asparagus and strawberries. And you start seeing some of the fruits that will be more abundant in summer, like peaches and figs. But June is definitely a time to start indulging in tomatoes, apricots and cherries!
Around this time of year, I start seeing one of my favorite summer peasanty Rome dishes, pomodoro al riso, which is just tomatoes stuffed with white rice, and cooked with potatoes. It is just oh so homey and oh so yummy. Bring on the starch!
Another summer favorite are zucchini flowers, fiori di zucca. These are something you now find all year in Rome, but they are at their best in summer. And my favorite way to have them is Roman-style: stuffed with mozzarella and a little anchovy, lightly battered and fried. The dough should not be heavy, and the mozzarella should stretch out and not be overly wet or crumbly. They are perfect as a pre-pizza appetizer, but you can find them at many Roman restaurants.
My husband (who is Roman and a fritto afficionado), and I do a lot of zucchini-flower taste-testing around Rome. Ahem. Our favorite places to eat these are Roberto e Loretta (the best), Pizzeria Emma, Sforno, Piccolo Arancio and Pizzeria San Marco.
In June, we have two important holiday dates: The Festa della Repubblica, and San Pietro e Paolo (Saints Peter and Paul.)
The Festa della Repubblica celebrates the day the monarchy was abolished, and Italy became a republic, on June 2, 1946. On Thursday June 2, 2016, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of this very important date in recent Italian history.
Expect parades along the via dei Fori Imperiali. There will be street closings and other events around the Complesso Vittoriano and Fori Imperiali.
Another June holiday in Rome is San Pietro e Paolo, or Saints Peter and Paul, celebrated on June 29. Peter and Paul are the saints of the city of Rome. So this holiday is celebrated only here in Rome. Some things will be closed, and you may expect celebrations at some churches in Rome, in particular, St. Peter's Basilica (the Vatican.)
A lot of things are going on in June in Rome!
Some are free, some are outdoors, some are at night, and some are all of the above! Let's start with the free stuff:
On the first Sunday of every month, state-run museums and archeological sites are free for everyone.
On Sunday June 5 2016, the Colosseum/Forum/Palatine are free but will be packed. I'd recommend visiting some lesser-visited sites, like the Ostia Antica or Palazzo Barberini. For a complete list of free sites/monuments, visit the Rome Tourist Board (the site is most complete in Italian.)
From June 10 through early September, enjoy the annual outdoor festival, Roma Estate Lungotevere, along the banks of the Tiber River.
Entry is free, but you can also eat, drink, listen to music, watch movies and shop. Prices vary. On both sides of the Tiber, between Ponte Garibaldi and Ponte Sublicio (entries near Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere.) Click the link to the left for a full program including cinema showings.
From June 1 - August 1, enjoy free movies under the stars, in the lovely Piazza San Cosimato in Trastevere.
Put on by I ragazzi del Cinema America, you can see a movie every night starting at 9:15pm. Movies range from Disney/Pixar, to Italian Comedy, to Scorsese to documentaries. Most are in Italian with English subtitles. The link at left is in Italian only but will show you the entire program.
Rome's Roseto Rose Garden is open only during spring, and it's a very special place to visit: in part for the beautiful roses, in part for the backdrop of the Palatine Hill, and in part for its history: it was once Rome's Jewish cemetery, and if you stand at the top of the garden, you can see that the shape of the walkways is a candelabra.
Open through June 19, 8:30 am - 7:30 pm. Free entry.
On the last Sunday of the month, the Vatican Museums are open and free. Hours are 9am - 2pm, with last entry at 12:30. No reservations are possible and tours don't generally go this day. If you don't show up long before 9am, you risk waiting more than an hour, even two, in line, and not getting in.
If you are on a tight schedule and this is the only day you can go, or a tight budget, then this is a great opportunity. But otherwise it is usually better to book your visit ahead of time and pay to go another day.
Some of the free things above are also night-time things to do. Here are some more night-time things to do in Rome in June, and they are all wonderful!
Now through fall, you can visit the Colosseum at night! This is a very special thing to do as you see the colosseum from a very different point of view. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday nights from 8pm to midnight. 20€ and not to be combined with the Roman Forum. Not part of Roma Pass.
Click the photo to go to the official website and online ticket office, or, if you'd like a more complete night tour, click here.
Now through fall, you can visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill at night! This is a new thing being offered and it should be just amazing! Open Fridays only from 8:15 - 10:45pm. 20€ and not to be combined with the Colosseum. Not part of Roma Pass.
Click the photo to go to the official online website and ticket office.
One of the best night shows in Rome for the third year running, I highly recommend this wonderful laser/hologram/light show in the Forum of Augustus (along the Via dei Fori Imperiali, leading to the Colosseum), that brings the whole place to life. Combine it with the light show of Julius Caesar's Forum and you will really have a sense of Ancient Rome. Amazing and special thing to do in Rome!
Various 40-minute shows from about 8pm. 15€ for one show, or 25€ for combined ticket of both shows.
Click the photo to go to the official website of "Viaggio Nei Fori." Advance booking is strongly suggested.
Now through end of October (except in August), you can visit the Vatican Museums on Friday nights. (St. Peter's basilica will be closed. This night visit is only for the museums and Sistine Chapel.)
7-11pm Friday nights only, with last entry at 9:30pm.
Click the photo to visit the Vatican website for more details and booking options. Or, to book a more complete guided tour, click here.
June 2 - 8 is Rome Food and Wine week. Various wine bars and restaurants are offering specials throughout the city that week. June 10 - 19 is a more definitive event, VinoForum, where you can pay one entrance and attend a huge wine festival in one open space
I've done this and it's lots of fun, and some of Rome's best chefs are on hand, offering some of their specialities as well.
June 25 - 28 is BirròForum, held in the same location as the VinoForum, and focusing in craft beers.
Sunday - Thursday: 7pm - midnight. Friday - Saturday: 7pm - 1am. 16€ entry fee, which includes a glass and glass carrier, 10 tastes from the various wineries there, and participation in cooking show and other events, space permitting. Food and additional tastings cost extra.
The Rome Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 13th year. Held in the spectacular Gran Salone of the Palazzo Barberini, the acoustics and settings are a very special way to enjoy the music of this superb and talented group of musicians, led by Artistic Director and violinist Robert McDuffie.
June 26 - 30 2016. Click the photo at left to go to the official webpage and for ticket info.
In July and August, you can enjoy the Rome Opera House's summer program at the Baths of Caracalla.
To open the summer season, from June 22 - 26 2016, watch the Ballet Serata Nureyev (an evening with Rudolph Nureyev), with scenes from various ballets choreographed by the famous ballet star.
Click the picture at left to visit the Rome Opera House website, or to buy tickets, click here.
At the Rome Opera House, enjoy a very special showing of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata opera. Costumes by Valentino; directed by Sofia Coppola.
Click the picture at left to visit the Rome Opera House website, or to buy tickets, click here.
From June 1 through mid September, everyone is welcome to Gay Village, one of Rome's largest LGBT festivals of the year, held in the huge Parco del Ninfeo in EUR, just outside Rome.
Wednesdays - Saturdays, there will be dance, music, nightclub and other live outdoor events. Restaurants and cocktail bars are also on-site. Tickets required.
Click the photo at left for events schedule, directions and tickets. Only in Italian.
Correggio e Parmigianino. Art in Parma in the 16th century. Scuderie del Quirinale, Via XXIV Maggio. Until June 26 2016. 12€.
Museum hrs: Sunday - Thursday 10am - 8pm; Friday and Saturday 10am – 10:30pm.
I Macchiaioli, Chiostro del Bramante, behind piazza Navona. Until September 4 2016. 13€ (includes audio-guide).
Museums hrs: Monday - Friday 10am - 8pm. Saturday - Sunday 10am - 9pm. They will be open on Easter Sunday, 10am - 9pm.
At Palazzo delle Esposizioni, catch The Caravaggio Experience. This is not a collection of the artists paintings, but rather a video installation, complete with scored music and fragrances...it's billed as "a unique sensoral journey based on total immersion in the art of this master." Until July 3 2016. 10 € full-price ticket.
Museum hrs: Sun - Thu 10am - 8pm; Fri - Sat 10am - 10:30pm. Closed Monday.
Recently there has been an extraordinary effort to fix up at least a part of the Tiber River bank. South African artist William Kentridge has turned this piece of the river into an open-air art show of murals called "Triumphs and Laments." (If you want to read more about it, see this New York Times article.)
So you can go down to the Tiber and check it out. But you can also visit one of Rome's modern art museums, Macro, to see more. Now through October 2016.
Via Nizza 138. Open Tuesday - Sunday 10:30am - 7:30pm. Closed Mondays. 11€
Alphonse Mucha was one of the most prominent Art Nouveau artists at the turn of the century. Through September, there is an exhibit of his works at the Complesso Vittoriano (on the via dei Fori Imperiali). Click the picture to visit the museum's official site in English.
Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 7:30pm; Friday - Saturday 9:30am - 10pm; Sunday 9:30 - 8:30pm. 13€
We are already getting a lot of requests for pools in Rome. In fact, this is a great time to head to Ostia Beach, just outside of Rome. It's definitely warm enough, and won't be as crowded now since it's not fully summer yet. If you want a beach day, or to escape the crowds in Rome, grab your suit and hop on the train!
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