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.
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 2022:
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).
There are several Rome events in July at various museums around the city. These are confirmed for 2022:
July 2022 open from Tuesday to Sunday 9.00-19.00 (last access 18.00).
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.
Chiostro del Bramante
CRAZY: Madness in Contemporary Art
Through 8 January 2023.
Chiostro del Bramante is just behind Piazza Navona.
Monday to Friday 10 am - 8 pm
Saturday and Sundays 10 am - 9 pm
The box office and show entrance close one hour before.
15€ Weekdays. 18€ Saturdays and Sundays.
2 ongoing exhibitions:
Disney. L’arte di raccontare storie senza tempo | April 15 - September 25, 2022
"La dama con scoiattolo" di Hans Holbein a Palazzo Barberini | April 12, - July 31, 2022
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm. Closed Mondays.
10€ standard. 2€ reduced (Europeans 18 - 25). Free for anyone under 18.
A fantastic and fascinating visit in augmented and virtual reality of the largest place of entertainment of ancient times and one of the City’s undisputed landmarks: Circo Maximo Experience reopens to the public, an immersive walking itinerary divided into 8 stops, lasting approximately 40 minutes.
Through 28 August 2022
Cursus Honorum. The government of Rome before Caesar
Four male and one female voice perform the republican period and reveal the nature of the political activities of the ancient Roman Republic.
Through October 2, 2022
Caesar's heritage and the conquest of time
The Fasti Capitolini, extraordinary calendars engraved in marble, narrate the history of Rome from its origins to the dawn of the imperial age thanks to multimedia.
Through October 2, 2022
The Borghese Gallery
Tiziano. Dialogues of Nature and Love
from 14 June 2022 to 18 September 2022
If you're looking for some fun Rome events in July that are free, there are very few so far confirmed for 2022.
The below are either confirmed or pending for 2022.
Please check back as I will be monitoring all these and other possible events:
To be confirmed
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!
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.
July is a beautiful time to visit a park or garden in Rome (and cool down!)
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.
On the last Sunday of the month, the Vatican Museums are open and free. Hours are reduced (9:00am - 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.
Enjoy a real foodies' food-fair at Taste of Roma.
Meet some of Rome's top chefs, try their food and in some cases, even cook with them! T
Address: Piazza Lauro De Bosis – Viale del Foro Italico
Dates: July 6-10, 2022
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.
In 2022, the Vatican Museums are open Friday and Saturday until 10.30 pm (Mon - Thu until 6 pm). Last entry 2 hrs prior to closing time.
The ticket is a regular ticket and must be booked in advance.
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! This is one of the best Rome events in June - you'll get to enjoy a light show, keep cool at night, all while soaking up some Roman history.
June 10 - October 2 2022.
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 Caesar. 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 10 - October 2, 2022, every night, with varying times depending on the specific time of year.
Advanced booking strongly recommended - visit their website for all the details and pricing, you can do a combo ticket for this visit and the Augustus Forum light show as well.
When in Rome . . . why not attend a gladiator battle? This fantastic show is produced by the Gruppo Storico Romano, with 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€.
In July 2022, you can visit the Colosseum at night on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Entry for night visits to the Colosseum is NOT part of the Roma Pass.
NB - Sometimes there is availability for this only a few days in advance, so if you don't see availability for when you want to go, check back!
From early June through mid September 2022, 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.
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 12-16, 2022 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.
Isola del Cinema 2022
The summer of cinema and culture is back with the traditional festival on the Tiber Island, a magical and suggestive place between the two banks of the Tiber.
The festival celebrates its 28th edition with a completely renewed look and an extraordinary program: eighty evenings full of news with outdoor screenings, exhibitions, special events, awards, masterclasses and meetings with Italian and international guests.
More information on the official website
For more things to do at night in Rome in July, try these:
The opera/concerts are now back to Baths of Caracalla (see below for schedule and tickets.)
The Rome Opera House is OPEN. Some shows are being held at Circus Maximus.
The Rome Auditorium is OPEN.
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.
Enjoy outdoor concerts at Teatro di Marcello in Rome's Jewish Ghetto throughout July 2022.
Advance booking required.
June 4 - August 28, 2022
100 free jazz concerts. Open nightly and Sundays for brunch (a first!)
Plenty of food and drink to purchase.
For more concerts in Rome in July, click here to visit Get Your Guide.
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:
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.
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.