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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.

One 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:

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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.)

A "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.

One 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.


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.

Rose petals rain down from the Pantheon oculus on Pentecost Sunday.

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:

CONFIRMED OPEN - Capitoline Museums

The Torlonia Marbles. Collecting Masterpieces

Visit this stunning exhibit of one of the most important private collections of ancient sculptures.

Through 29 June, 2021 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.

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 - Palazzo Braschi

Rome - Birth of a capital 1870 - 1915 - at the beautiful Palazzo Braschi until September 26, 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 required.

CONFIRMED OPEN - Chiostro del Bramante

All about Bansky: Exhibition 2

Now 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.

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.

Free things to do in Rome in June

If you're looking for some fun Rome events in June that are free, there are a 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.

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

To be confirmed for 2021 . . .

From early June through early September, 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. (This will update closer to the beginning of June.)

To be confirmed for 2021 . . .

From June 1 - 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. Movies range from Disney/Pixar, to Italian Comedy, to Scorsese to documentaries. Most are in Italian with English subtitles. The link at left is in Italian only but will show you the entire program.

Visit Rome's Parks and gardens

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


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.

Rome events in June 2022 - free things to do

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.

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


Due to Rome and Italy slowly reopening after Covid-lockdown, many summer events are still up in the air.

At the time of this writing, there is an Italy-wide curfew of 11 pm - 5 am. This is due to change to midnight on June 7, and eventually be removed on June 21 so please check back.

I am monitoring this situation closely and I will be updating this page as things evolve.


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 may change soon as our curfew hours will be extended and abolished this month.

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.

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.

So far in summer 2021, the night shows along the via dei Fori Imperiali have not been scheduled.

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

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

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Rome events in June - Concerts, operas, shows

The Baths of Caracalla are OPEN for night concerts.

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


The Rome Chamber Music Festival 17th season. 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.


Some of the above Rome events in June, like night openings at the Vatican museums, can be tours. For more tours to take in June, start here:

Day Trips

June is a wonderful time to take a day trip. We have lots of options for places to visit which you can easily reach, within 1-2 hours of Rome. 



From early June through mid September, 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. 

I've listed some of what I think are the most fascinating 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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