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Rome events in July 2021 - Holidays, exhibits, concerts, and other things to do

Rome events in July include plenty of outdoor activities.

While it's not a month with any specific holiday dates, there is a lot to do in Rome in July, like concerts, night visits, and the Summerfest along the Tiber. Find out all the things to see and do in Rome in July.

rome july sunsetOne of my favorite things to do in Rome in July is enjoy all the evening events like the light show on the via dei Fori Imperiali. Or just take in the stunning summer sunsets!


Rome events in July - What's happening

July is a great month to visit Rome. Yes, it can get hot and muggy but the days are long and sunny, and you will enjoy pleasant evenings outside dining, drinking, sight-seeing, or just strolling through this beautiful city.

Keep reading for more info about the best Rome events in July 2021:

NEWS ABOUT ROME SUMMER 2021 EVENTS

Due to Rome and Italy slowly reopening after the Covid-lockdown, many summer events are still up in the air.

There are already plenty of Rome events in July that are confirmed and happening, but some are still pending or may not be confirmed for this year.

I will be updating this page as things evolve.

Holidays in Rome in July

July is one of those funny months when there are no specific holiday dates.

But it's a classic vacation month for Italians and visitors alike, so you will find lots to do in Rome this month.

There is one thing that happens every July in Rome, and that is the beginning of summer sales (usually the first Saturday of July).

So if you are a shopper, this is yet another great reason to visit Rome in July.

rome summer salesOne of the only real Rome events in July is the beginning of summer sales.

Current exhibits at Rome's museums in July

There are several Rome events in July at various museums around the city. These are confirmed for 2021:


raphael domus aurea

Domus Aurea

Raphael and the Domus Aurea - the invention of the Grotesque.

Through 31 December, 2021.

Monday - Thursday, accompanied site visit. 12€ adult.

Friday - Sunday, guided visit including the workspace. 18€ adult.

Free for anyone under 6, and anyone disabled and their care-giver, with written medical proof. 

Advanced booking is required


galleria borghese damien hirst

Galleria Borghese

Damien Hirst - Archeology Now

Through 7 November, 2021.

Open: Tuesday - Sunday 9 am - 7 pm. Closed Mondays

Full € 13; Reduced (Europeans ages 18-25) € 2; 

Advanced booking is required


mausoleum of augustus

The Mausoleum of Augustus

Through 31 December, 2021.

Open daily but with availability only for the following few weeks at a time.

5€ full price. Free for Rome residents, children under 6, tour guides, and many other categories. For a full list, click the below link.

Advanced booking is required



EXTENDED! - Capitoline Museums

The Torlonia Marbles. Collecting Masterpieces

Visit this stunning exhibit of one of the most important private collections of ancient sculptures.

Through 9 January, 2022 the exhibition I marmi Torlonia, Collecting masterpieces is open in the new exhibition space of the Capitoline Museums, in Villa Caffarelli.

Advanced booking is required.


bansky chiostro del bramante

Chiostro del Bramante

All about Bansky: Exhibition 2

Through 9 January 2022.

Chiostro del Bramante is just behind Piazza Navona.

Open daily 10 am - 9 pm.

15€ Weekdays. 18 Saturdays and Sundays.

Advance booking required.


centrale montemartini mosaics

Centrale Montemartini

Colours of the Romans. Mosaics from the Capitoline Collections.

Through 15 September 2021.

Open Tuesday - Sunday 9 am - 7 pm. Closed Mondays.

16€ regular priced tickets.

Advance booking suggested.


palazzo braschi

Palazzo Braschi

Rome - Birth of a capital 1870 - 1915 - at the beautiful Palazzo Braschi.

Through 26 September, 2021.

Palazzo Braschi is on one end of Piazza Navona.

Open Mon - Fri 10am - 7pm; Sat - Sun 10am - 19pm.

11€ standard. 9€ reduced.

Advance booking strongly recommended.


palazzo barberini

Palazzo Barberini

Tempo Barocco - visit the newest 8 rooms in this stunning, usually empty museum, with a focus on the Baroque, including masterpieces by Bernini, Guido Reni, Domenichino, and many others.

Through 3 October, 2021.

Open Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm. Closed Mondays.

10€ standard. 2€ reduced (Europeans 18 - 25). Free for anyone under 18.

Advance booking strongly recommended.


scuderie

Scuderie al Quirinale

Tota Italia. Origins of a nation.

Through July 25, 2021.

Via XXIV Maggio 16.

Open: Sun - Thu 10am - 8pm; Fri - Sat 10am – 10:30pm. 

Full € 17.50; Reduced (ages 18-25) € 15.50

Free for anyone under 18, and anyone disabled and their care-giver, with written medical proof. 

Advanced booking is required



CONFIRMED OPEN - Trajan's Market

Napoleon and the Myth of Rome

Through 7 November, 2021.

Coinciding with the 200th year of Napoleon Bonaparte's death, this wonderful exhibit showcases the emperor's relationship with Rome and the ancient Rome.

Advanced booking is recommended.


The perfect 3-day itinerary in Rome

Trying to figure out how to organize your visit to Rome? I've got the perfect 3-day itinerary for first-time visitors (or those who have not been here in a while.) It works for a 2.5 day visit as well.

In my 3-day itinerary, you'll see all the major must-see Rome attractions like the Vatican, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, Castel Sant'Angelo, and much more.

And if you have more time, or want suggestions for extra/other things to do, you'll find that there too.

Visit my page with the best 3-day itinerary in Rome for first-timers.



Visit my dedicated pages for all the summer months in Rome

Rome events in July - Free things to do

If you're looking for some fun Rome events in July that are free, there are very few so far confirmed for 2021.

The below are either confirmed or pending for 2021.

Please check back as I will be monitoring all these and other possible events:


trastevere cinema summer

From June 4 - 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. Most are in Italian with English subtitles. The link at left is in Italian only but will show you the entire program.

You must book in advance!


rome tiber summerfest

One of the best Rome events in July is the Romaestate Lungotevere, and it's finally been confirmed!

From early June through the end of August, 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 photo to the left for a full program including cinema showings. 

Visit Rome's Parks and gardens

July is a beautiful time to visit a park or garden in Rome (and cool down!)


Free Rome events in July 2022

NO FREE SUNDAY July 2021

Due to Post-Covid-lockdown new opening rules at Rome sites, there are currently no "free" dates at any sites or museums.

You may wish to refer to the free Rome events in July below if you are planning to visit in July 2022 as these are likely to have free dates by then.

As things evolve, I'll update you about opening rules and possible free dates as we go month to month.

In recent years, we've enjoyed the "Free Sunday," in which state sites and museums were free the first Sunday of the month, and the Vatican Museums were free the last Sunday of the month.

In July 2021, we will not have any free dates, but hopefully this will return by July 2022.


colosseum

In July 2021, there are no free dates to visit the Colosseum.

The Colosseum will be free on xxx.

You can expect the Colosseum to be pretty much a mob scene. I'd highly recommend visiting one of the other sites that is also free on this day, like the Roman Forum/Palatine Hill, or Ostia Antica.

sistine chapel

In July 2021, there are no free dates to visit the Vatican.

On the last Sunday of the month, the Vatican Museums are open and free. Hours are reduced (9:30am - 2pm, with last entry at 12:30pm). Expect long lines.

If you are on a budget, or have limited time, this can be a great opportunity. 

You cannot buy tickets in advance for the Free Sunday, but you can book a tour of the museums through the Vatican. If you don't want to book this tour, just come early. By early I mean by 8am.

But otherwise I recommend you book your visit ahead of time and pay to go another day.


Nighttime things to do in Rome in July

The below nighttime Rome events in July are mostly outdoor things to do in Rome (except for visiting the Vatican Museums on Fridays.)

They are not free and should be booked in advance.


The Vatican Museums are open Friday and Saturday until 10:30 pm (Mon - Thu until 6:30 pm). Last entry 2 hrs prior to closing time.

The ticket is a regular ticket and must be booked in advance.

Click here to book your tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on Friday night.


viaggio nei fori

The wonderful Viaggio Nei Fori, a nighttime light show on the via dei Fori Imperiali, showcasing the life of Rome's first emperor, Octavian Augustus, is back!

Through 7 November 2021. 

Click here to purchase tickets.



This is a fantastic visit inside the Imperial Forums, and one of my favorite Rome events in July. You'll have a short guided walk through Trajan's Forum and the Forum of Julius Ceasar. It's all lit up and there are some effects to bring the space to life.

It's a truly fantastic immersive visit to Ancient Rome.

June 24 - September 26, 2021, every night. Visit are every 20 minutes, spaced from 18:30 - 21:50, and last 1.5 hours. Max 9 people per visit.

4€ adults, free for MIC card holders.

Advanced booking recommended.


castel sant'angelo night

On July 3 2021 (only), you can visit Castel Sant'Angelo for the symbolic cost of 1€.

This is part of the Italian museums' initiative "Night of the Museums", or #nottedeimusei.

From 19:30 - 22:30 this night only.

No reservations are required.


gladiator battle show

When in Rome . . . why not attend a gladiator battle? This fantastic show is produced by the Gruppo Storico Romanowith professional re-enactors, and real weapons and armor.

Take your seat in the re-constructed arena, not far from the Colosseum, and enjoy realistic gladiator fights, and other shows including ancient dances, rites of the Vesta, and more.

At the end of the show, you'll be treated to a small aperitif consisting of food and drink made with recipes from Ancient Rome.

Fridays and Sundays. 25€.


colosseum night

Great news! As of July 18, 2021, night visits to the Colosseum are available.

From now through October 31, 2021, you can visit the Colosseum at night. I'd say this is one of the very best Rome events in July as you get to see the Colosseum lit up at night, and it's much less crowded than during the day.

Entry for night visits to the Colosseum is NOT part of the Roma Pass.

NB - They don't usually open this on Coopculture until right before the event so if you don't see availability for when you want to go, check back.


gay village

From early June through mid September 2021, everyone is welcome to Gay Village, one of Rome's largest LGBT festivals of the year, held in EUR.

Open daily, there will be dance, music, nightclub and other live outdoor events. Sunday - Wednesday, from 6pm. Thursday - Saturday, from 7pm.

Restaurants and cocktail bars are also on-site.

Tickets required.

Click the photo on the left for events schedule, directions and tickets. 



At Vino per Roma, by Excellence, you can taste wines from a variety of producers. 

July 13-17, 2021 at the Waterfall Garden in EUR.

7 pm - midnight.

You can purchase tickets in advance through their website, or on site at the ticket office.

For more things to do at night in Rome in July, try these:


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Rome events in July - Concerts, operas, shows


baths caracalla summer opera

The opera/concerts normally held at Baths of Caracalla will be held in Circus Maximus (see below for schedule and tickets.) The schedule for the baths has been postponed to 2022 and beyond.

Click here to see a schedule of concerts and shows and to purchase tickets from 2022.


rome opera

The Rome Opera House is OPEN. Some shows are being held at Circus Maximus.

Click here to see current shows and to purchase tickets.


casa del jazz

Summer Jazz at Casa del Jazz

Now through 26 September 2021.

See the program here.


celimontana jazz

Celimontana Jazz

Now through 19 September, 2021.

100 free jazz concerts. Open nightly and Sundays for brunch (a first!)

Plenty of food and drink to purchase.

See the program here.


opera pass

Get your Rome Opera Pass to choose from a number of shows inside a scenic and suggestive setting in central Rome (locations vary).

These wonderful opera singers put on a mini-production of various operas, often in full costume.


concerts at marcellus theater

Enjoy outdoor concerts at Teatro di Marcello in Rome's Jewish Ghetto.

From 1 July - 30 September 2021.

Advance booking required.

For more concerts in Rome in July, click here to visit Get Your Guide.

Tours to take in Rome in July

July is such a hot month that taking a tour can be a great way to maximize your time and limit your exhaustion. Most tours are 2-3 hours at most, and go either early morning or late afternoon. A good guide will keep you focused so you enjoy the sites and get back out of the heat.

For tours to take in July, start here:

Day trips to take in Rome in July

July is a wonderful time to take a day trip, especially if you are looking to beat the heat in Rome.

We have lots of options for places to visit which you can easily reach within 1-2 hours of Rome. For organized day trips, visit Get Your Guide.

Activities with kids in Rome in July

July is when many families travel to Rome thanks to school breaks. There are plenty of tours and activities in Rome geared to children of all ages.

If you're looking for some fun activities with kids, start here:

I've listed some of what I think are the most fun and interesting Rome events in July, and most central. For a complete list of Rome events in July, visit the website of the Rome Tourist Board.


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