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Rome events in June 2023 - 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 2023 - 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 2023:

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.

In 2023 it takes place on May 28

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 2023

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

capitoline rome of the republic exhibition image

Capitoline Museums

The Rome of the Republic

This exhibition tells the story, through a series of themes and archaeological contexts, of the transformation of Roman society over the course of five centuries, from the birth of the Republic to the formation of the Empire. 

13 January 2023 - 24 September 2023

Entrance is included with your general Capitoline Museums entrance ticket - see all details here.

Infinity Chiostro del Bramante exhibition image

Chiostro del Bramante

INFINITY - Michelangelo Pistoletto

Made up of fifty works and four large site specific installations, contemporary art exhibition INFINITY covers more than 60 years of art and almost 90 years of life for Michelangelo Pistoletto.

18 March 2023 - 15 October 2023

For tickets and further details, visit the website of the Chiostro del Bramante 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

Sport/sporting events in Rome in June 2023

WeRunRome promo poster

We Run Rome

Normally this event takes place in December, but as it was cancelled in 2021, the organizers have rescheduled the run for this summer. Visit their website for more details and to find out how to register if you want to join in.

Saturday June 18, 2022 at 21:30

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Visit Rome's Parks and gardens

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

Rome events in June 2023 - free things to do

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.

This is now back for all participating venues, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Capitoline Museums, Galleria Borghese and many more!


In June 2023 the Free Sunday date for Rome's civic and state sites is Sunday June 4.

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 25 2023, 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. This is one of my favorite Rome events in June because it still feels like spring.

rose garden in rome

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. 

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 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 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 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!

gay village

From early June through mid September (dates to be confirmed), 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 are now back to Baths of Caracalla 

June through August, 2022

Click here to see a schedule of concerts and shows and to purchase tickets for June 2022.

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 2023 dates are yet to be confirmed.

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. For the first time at the Teatro Argentina, the festival program will feature classical masterpieces and crossovers with contemporary music, hip hop and broadway favorites.

June 26-29, 2022.

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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