Rome events in June 2024 - Holidays, exhibits, concerts, and other things to do

Rome events in June include the Festa della Repubblica and the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul, a specifically Roman holiday.

But there are plenty of other things to do in Rome in June, like concerts, night visits, and the Summerfest along the Tiber. 

romaestate lungotevere - rome summerfestOne of my favorite things to do in Rome in June is enjoy the Summerfest along the Tiber river.

Find out all the things to see and do in Rome in June.

Rome events in June 2024 - What's happening

June is a great month to visit Rome.

The weather is not yet super hot and muggy, as it's likely to get in July and August.

The days are long and sunny.

And there is plenty to do outdoors.

Keep reading for more info about the best Rome events in June 2024:

Holidays in Rome in June

In June, we have two important holiday dates: The Festa della Repubblica, and San Pietro e Paolo (Saints Peter and Paul.)

frecce tricoloreA "tri-colore" flyover to celebrate the Italian holiday "Festa della Repubblica" on June 2. Photo credit: Alex Micheu Photography from Villach, Austria, Wikimedia commons.

The Festa della Repubblica celebrates the day the monarchy was abolished, and Italy became a republic, on June 2, 1946.

Every year on June 2, we celebrate the anniversary of this 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.


tickets to mass at vatican for saints john and paul june 29One of the most popular Rome events in June is the feast day for Saints Peter and Paul, patron saints of Rome, on June 29. One thing you can do is attend the papal mass at the Vatican. It's free. You just need to book ahead.

Another June holiday in Rome is San Pietro e Paolo, or Saints Peter and Paul, celebrated on June 29.

Peter and Paul are the patron saints of the city of Rome.

So this holiday is celebrated only here in Rome and not in other parts of Italy.

Some things will be closed, and you may expect celebrations at some churches in Rome, in particular, St. Peter's Basilica.

There is a free papal mass and you may attend. Click here to find out how.

Pentecost

rose petals at pantheon on pentecostRose petals rain down from the Pantheon oculus on Pentecost Sunday.

Pentecost is observed on the seventh Sunday after Easter and 10 days after Ascension.

Pentecost Sunday takes place on the 50th day of Easter.

Pentecost is often in May but can also be in early June.

In 2024 it takes place on May 19th.

You may want to try to get a coveted spot by attending mass at the Pantheon, where firemen throw thousands of rose petals down from the oculus.

The only chance of getting inside on this morning is to show up at about 7AM and wait in line for the Mass to begin.

The Pantheon is not open to visitors on the morning of the Pentecost, and there is no way to buy a ticket to this event.


Current exhibits at Rome's museums in June 2024

There are several Rome events in June at various museums around the city:


VRBS Roma

Capitoline Museums

VRBS ROMA

For the first time, the golden glass with the personification of the city of Rome, found during excavations for the construction of the Metro C station at Porta Metronia, will be on display.

Through July 1st 2024

For tickets, click here.


emotion exhibition

Chiostro del Bramante

EMOTION.

The exhibition at the Chiostro del Bramante, curated by Danilo Eccher, describes the emotions of twenty artists through their works to let visitors know which and how many emotions inspire an artist.

November 29 2023 - September 25 2025

For more information and tickets, click here.


napoli ottocento exhibtion

Scuderie del Quirinale

Napoli Ottocento

The 250 masterpieces on display take you on a journey through the beauty, art, culture and innovation that enlivened Naples during the 19th century.

March 27 2024 - June 16 2024

For more details, click here.


colossus constantine

Capitoline Museums - Villa Caffarelli Garden

The Colossal Statue of Constantine

See the striking reconstruction of the Colossus of Constantine, one of the most representative works of late antique Roman sculpture.

February 6 2024 - December 31 2025

Free to enter, follow the path up to the right to reach the garden entrance. 

Don't miss my video all about the statue!


van gogh experience

Next Museum

Van Gogh Experience

Visit this immersive experience to see reproductions of Van Gogh's masterpieces in virtual reality, surrounding yourself in his work.

November 4 2023 - September 8 2024

For more details and ticket information click here.


day for night exhibition

Palazzo Barberini

Day for Night: New American Realism

This exhibition is dedicated to realism and the representation of truth in contemporary American art, winding through twelve galleries for temporary exhibitions, some of the halls of the main floor and the splendid Appartamento del Settecento, rarely open to the public.

April 14 2024 - July 14 2024

Click here for more information.


torlonia bunker

Villa Torlonia

Visit the Bunker and Air Raid Shelters at Villa Torlonia

Located below the Casino Nobile of Villa Torlonia, the two underground structures are reopening with a new multimedia set-up allowing for an immersive visit, reconstructing the Bunker's historical memory including information about Mussolini's life at the villa.

April 5 2024 - December 31 2024

Visit the website for all details and booking information.


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

Sport/sporting events in Rome in June 2024


ROMA2024.eu

Olympic Stadium, Foro Italico Park

Roma 2024

From June 7-12, 2024, the continent’s best athletes will compete at the Olympic Stadium, Foro Italico Park and some of Rome’s most picturesque streets, 50 years after the European Athletics Championships were held in Rome in 1974 and for the third time ever in Italy after the first edition in Turin 1934.

For more information, click here.

Visit Rome's Parks and gardens

June is a beautiful time to visit a park or garden in Rome:

Rome events in June 2024 - free things to do

Every month you can enjoy the "Free Sunday," in which state sites and museums are free the first Sunday of the month, and the Vatican Museums are free the last Sunday of the month.

Participating venues include the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Museums, Galleria Borghese and many more!

(Disclosure - I typically advise AGAINST visiting the big sites like the Colosseum (first Sunday of the month) or the Vatican (last Sunday of the month), because you cannot get tickets in advance. It's first come first serve, so you will waste a lot of precious vacation time just standing in huge lines waiting to collect your free ticket, and then you will have even more massive crowds to contend with. See below:)



colosseum

In June 2024 the Free Sunday date for Rome's civic and state sites is Sunday June 2.

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

On the last Sunday of the month, June 30, 2024, 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.

rose garden in rome

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.

And while the Roseto is famously open "only" in May, it's actually open from April 21 (Rome's birthday) through about the first week of June (and again for 2 weeks in October.)

This is one of my favorite things to do in June in Rome because it still feels like spring.


Nighttime things to do in Rome in June

The below nighttime Rome events in June 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 June, the Vatican Museums are open Friday and Saturday until 8 pm (Mon - Thu until 7 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.


gladiator battle night 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 only - 25€.


colosseum night

In June, 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!

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


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Rome events in June - Concerts, operas, shows


baths caracalla summer opera

The Opera at The Baths of Caracalla

June through August 2024

Check back for details.



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.



Attend an open-air concert under the stars, in the beautiful secluded Filarmonica Gardens, just past Piazza del Popolo. 

June 2024 dates are yet to be confirmed.

Enjoy live music by a symphony orchestra, accompanied by a soprano. 

For more concerts in Rome in June, click here.

Tours to take in Rome in June

June is a beautiful month but it can get really hot during the day.

Taking a tour can be a great way to maximize your time and limit your time in the heat.

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 June, start here:

Day trips to take in Rome in June

June 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 June

June is the part of the summer school break, which means we see a lot of families visiting Rome.

There are plenty of tours and activities in Rome geared to children of all ages.

Choose from one of the Rome events in June at the top of this page, or check out some of these fun things to do with kids:

I've listed some of what I think are the most fun and interesting Rome events in June, and most central.

For a complete list of Rome events in June, visit the website of the Rome Tourist Board.


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