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Rome events in July 2022 - 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 2022:

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 2022:

mausoleum of augustus

The Mausoleum of Augustus

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.

Advanced booking is required

bansky chiostro del bramante

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.

Advance booking strongly suggested.

bansky chiostro del bramante

Palazzo Barberini

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.

Advance booking strongly recommended.

There are 2 ongoing exhibitions you can visit in Palazzo Esposizioni in July 2022:

  • Video Art in Italy - "Il Video Rende Felice" | April 12 - September 4 2022
  • Tana Hobana's Picture Books "Looking is a Game" | April 30 - September 4 2022

Circo Maximo Experience

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

Capitoline Museums

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 

Advanced booking is required.

The Borghese Gallery

Tiziano. Dialogues of Nature and Love

from 14 June 2022 to 18 September 2022

Book tickets here

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 2022.

The below are either confirmed or pending for 2022.

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

trastevere cinema summer

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!

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


The Free Sunday that was cancelled during the various lockdowns and closures of 2020 and 2021 is BACK as of 3 April 2022!!!

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 2022 free date: Sunday July 3

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

Vatican Museums

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.

Foodie events in Rome in July

Taste of Roma

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

For tickets, book here.

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.


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.

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! 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. 

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 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.

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

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!

gay village

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.

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 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:

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Rome events in July - Concerts, operas, shows

baths caracalla summer opera

The opera/concerts are now back to Baths of Caracalla (see below for schedule and tickets.) 

Click here to see a schedule of concerts and shows and to purchase tickets for July 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.

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

Concerti del Tempietto

Enjoy outdoor concerts at Teatro di Marcello in Rome's Jewish Ghetto throughout July 2022.

Advance booking required.

concerts at marcellus theater

Celimontana Jazz

June 4 - August 28, 2022

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

Plenty of food and drink to purchase.

See the program here.

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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