Updated June 26, 2021
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.
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:
In June, we have two important holiday dates: The Festa della Repubblica, and San Pietro e Paolo (Saints Peter and Paul.)
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.
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.
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.
There are several Rome events in June at various museums around the city. These are confirmed for 2021:
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.
CONFIRMED OPEN - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
June is a beautiful time to visit a park or garden in Rome:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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€.
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.
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.
Click the photo on the left for events schedule, directions and tickets.
For more things to do at night in June, try these:
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.
The Rome Opera House is OPEN. Some shows are being held at Circus Maximus.
The Rome Auditorium is OPEN.
CONFIRMED - Summer Jazz at Casa del Jazz
Now through 26 September 2021.
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.
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.
POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 2021
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.
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:
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.
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.