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Rome events in June 2021 - 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. Find out all the things to see and do in Rome in June.

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

Rome events in June - 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 2021:


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 June 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 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. 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.


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.

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

Current exhibits at Rome's museums in June

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

torlonia marbles

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.

raphael domus aurea


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

From 23 June - 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

CONFIRMED OPEN - Galleria Borghese

Damien Hirst - Archeology Now

Through 7 November, 2021.

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

Full € 15; Reduced (Europeans ages 18-25) € 2; 

Advanced booking is required

mausoleum of augustus

CONFIRMED OPEN - 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

bansky chiostro del bramante

CONFIRMED OPEN - 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

CONFIRMED OPEN - 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

CONFIRMED OPEN - 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

CONFIRMED OPEN - 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.


CONFIRMED OPEN - 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 June - Free things to do

If you're looking for some fun Rome events in June that are free, there are very few so far confirmed post-Covid-lockdown 2021.

The below are either confirmed or pending for 2021.

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

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

Through June 13, 2021, 8:30 am - 7:30 pm. Free entry.

rome tiber summerfest

CONFIRMED as of June 22, 2021!

One of the best Rome events in June 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. 

festival del cinema trastevere


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. Click the photo to see the program (in Italian only).

You must book in advance! Click the photo to book.

Visit Rome's Parks and gardens

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

Rome events in June 2022 - free things to do


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 June below if you are planning to visit in June 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 June 2021, we will not have any free dates, but hopefully this will return by June 2022.


In June 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 June 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 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.


As of May 2021, the Vatican Museums are open Friday and Saturday until 8 pm (Mon - Thu until 6 pm). Last entry 2 hrs prior to closing time.

This time frame will change July 1 as our curfew has just been abolished.

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 17 - November 7 2021. 

Click here to purchase tickets.

This is a fantastic visit inside the Imperial Forums, and one of my favorite Rome events in June. 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.

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 and Sundays. 25€.

colosseum night

So far in summer 2021, night visits to the Colosseum are not yet available.

I am monitoring this and will update this page if anything changes.

From xxxxx, you can visit the Colosseum at night

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. 

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/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

CONFIRMED - Summer Jazz at Casa del Jazz

Now through 26 September 2021.

See the program here.

celimontana jazz

CONFIRMED - 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.

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 13 - July 1, 2021.

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

rome chamber music festival


The Rome Chamber Music Festival is usually one of my favorite Rome events in June. This year, it's been moved to November. Held in the Salone Pietro da Cortona 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.

Click the photo at left to go to the official webpage and for ticket info.

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

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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