At the beginning of June, we are still in spring-mode: the days are warm, and Rome is full of flowers.
But we can have some temperature swings, and rainy days, and cool evenings.
Days are at their longest in June, making it a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors, like this twilight walk along the Appia Antica
By the end of June, summer weather is here and you can count on long, warm sunny days and comfortable evenings with only a touch of breeze.
During the day it's in the high 20's C / high (low 80's F), and in the evenings, it's in the high teens C / high 60's F.
What to Pack for Rome in June
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I walk all over Rome. I just love it, any time of year.
I always find something new to see, and I enjoy soaking up the atmosphere as I go. So trust me when I tell you that I know what to wear when walking around Rome, year-round.
These are my personal recommendations for your visit to Rome in June, which I own or use:
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With the warm weather, a lot of people want to walk around Rome in shorts. While Romans won't dress this way, you can if you want to. But if you are visiting any church (that includes the Vatican and Vatican Museums), or other Christian site, you cannot have bare knees. These hiking pants with removable leg are perfect for a quick change.
Here is the men's version of the same type of hiking pant with leg bottoms you can un-zip easily.
I say this on every page about what to wear in Rome, but it's because in Rome, you can never go wrong carrying a scarf with you. Even in warm spring/summer months. A light cotton scarf can warm you up on a chilly evening, or if you need to cover bare shoulders to go into a church.
A maxi skirt is another good way to be cool and comfortable while sight-seeing, but also appropriate for visiting any Christian sites like churches and catacombs.
T-shirts are perfect for Rome in June, since they are short-sleeved for warm weather, but still covering your shoulders.
A light cardigan is a good idea for travel to Rome in June, and is easily packed in your luggage (or good to wear on the chilly airplane) but also your bag or backpack while you walk around Rome.
Here is a light men's cardigan, which is versatile and perfect for the plane or a cool evening.
Since June is still mostly a spring month, you should expect the possibility of a cool evening, and have a cardigan and/or scarf with you just in case.
June, especially late June, is shorts and tank-top weather, but you won't find (most) Romans dressing like this in the city (although they do at the beach.) You may find some Roman teenagers wearing short shorts, but otherwise most Romans don't. But they are used to tourists doing it, so if you want to, go right ahead.
Just remember, if you plan to visit any churches or other Christian site, especially the Vatican, you will not be allowed in with bare knees or bar shoulders. Always carry a scarf or light sweater just in case you find yourself wanting to pop into a church (which is one good way to keep cool if it's a hot day!)
June days are long and sunny and pleasant, and not too hot, so it's very appealing to be in Rome now. And, you can combine your visit to Rome with a visit to the seaside, which makes flying into Rome even more attractive.
Check Hotel Rates for Rome in June
Is it crowded in Rome in June?
Yes, June in Rome is very crowded.
You can expect long waits and big crowds at the Colosseum in Rome in June
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.
The markets are full of fruits and vegetables and bursting with color.
In June, you can still get some spring fruits and veggies like beans, asparagus and strawberries.
And you start seeing some of the fruits that will be more abundant in summer, like peaches and figs. But June is definitely a time to start indulging in tomatoes, apricots, and cherries.
(Almost) No artichokes in June in Rome
In June, winter veggies are as far from being in their season as possible, so this is NOT the time to look for artichokes, broccoli and puntarelle in Rome.
You may find artichokes, since visitors ask for them year-round. But, they don't come from Rome, and probably not even from Italy . . . or they may be frozen. Just so you know.
Around this time of year, I start seeing one of my favorite summer peasanty Rome dishes, pomodoro al riso, which is just tomatoes stuffed with white rice, and cooked with potatoes. It is just oh so homey and oh so yummy. Bring on the starch!
Pomodoro al riso at my local tavola calda, but you can find it in many delis and Rome restaurants in summer
June in Rome is a fantastic month for taking a food tour.
It's warm but not too hot to walk around, and you will get to taste and learn about a lot of these seasonal specialties.
Another summer favorite are zucchini flowers, fiori di zucca. These are something you now find all year in Rome, but they are at their best in summer.
And my favorite way to have them is Roman-style: stuffed with mozzarella and a little anchovy, lightly battered and fried. The dough should not light and crispy, and the mozzarella should stretch out and not be overly wet or crumbly.
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 theanniversary 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.
A "tri-colore" flyover to celebrate the Italian holiday "Festa della Repubblica" on June 2. Photo credit: forexinfo.it
Another June holiday in Rome is San Pietro e Paolo, or Saints Peter and Paul, celebrated on June 29. Peter and Paul are the 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 (the Vatican).
Until 2018, we had the "Free Sunday", in which state-run museums were free for everyone on the first Sunday of the month.
This is no longer the case, exactly.
Now, there is a "Culture Week", which took place March 5-10, 2019.
From April - September inclusive, there will NOT be a Free Sunday. They resume on the first Sunday of October, which in 2019 is October 6.
However, there are several free dates in June. But most of the sites offer varying dates.
Below, I've listed some of the most popular sites and their free dates.
The Colosseum will be free on June 5, 2019, in honor of the United Nations' World Environment Day, and on June 29, 2019, in honor of Rome's Patron Saints, Peter and Paul.
You can expect the Colosseumto 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.
Ostia Antica is free on June 2, 2019 for the Festa della Repubblica.
This is an excellent site to visit on this free day, because it's just outside of Rome and may be a little less crowded than some of the other sites.
The Galleria Borghese is free for the time slots 1-3pm, 3-5pm, and 5-7pm on June 12, 2019. From April - September when there is not the Free Sunday, the Galleria Borghese are choosing to offer free entry on the last entry times of the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
You still need to reserve. If tickets are not available on the website try emailing or calling them.
The four museums that make up the Rome National Museums, Palazzo Altemps, Diocletian Baths, Palazzo Massimo, and Crypta Balbi, will all be free on June 2, 2019 in honor of the Festa della Repubblica, and on June 29, 2019 in honor of Saints Peter and Paul.
Another wonderful day trip from Rome is to visit Tivoli and see the Villa D'Este and Hadrian's Villa.
They are offering free entry on the first Monday of each month from May - December 2019.
Both sites are free on Monday June 3, 2019.
One of my favorite art museums in Rome, Palazzo Barberini, will be free on June 6, 2019 (first Thursday of the month), and on June 29, 2019, in honor of Saints Peter and Paul.
They share the same management, and same schedule with Galleria Corsini (Trastevere), so you can visit that museum as well.
The wonderful Baths of Caracalla, a fantastic ruin not far from the Palatine Hill, are free June 2, 2019in honor of theFesta della Repubblica, and onJune 29, 2019 in honor ofSaints Peter and Paul.
How do I know what is free in June and when?
Well, they have a new website now where you can check. And it's in Italian only. So, if you can understand Italian, or at least use a translator like Google translate, you can use this website too.
Visit IoVadoAlMuseo (this means "I'm going to the museum"), and then you can either enter the specific site (in Italian), like "colosseo", or, you can enter a location, by picking from the dropdown menu. For Rome, you start with the region, which is Lazio, and then you pick the location inside the region, so Rome.
Then you enter the dates, in this case 1 June - 30 June, and all the sites show up below. You have to click each one to see their free dates.
A FEW MORE FREE THINGS TO DO IN ROME IN June
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.)
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.
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.
Open through June 19, 8:30 am - 7:30 pm. Free entry.
I highly recommend this wonderful laser/hologram/light show in the Forum of Augustus, that brings the whole place to life. Combine it with the light show of Julius Caesar's Forum and you will really have a sense of Ancient Rome.
Various 40-minute shows from about 8pm. Get the combined ticket for both shows and save.
Leonardo da Vinci - The science before the science. March 13 - June 30, 2019.
Scuderie del Quirinale, Via XXIV Maggio 16.
Open: sun - Thu 10am - 8pm; Fri - Sat 10am – 10:30pm.
Full € 15.00; Reduced (ages 18-25) € 13.00
Free for anyone under 18, and anyone disabled and their care-giver, with written medical proof.
Click the photo to visit the official site.
I attended the opening of this show and it's incredible! A unique mix of immersion theater, with live actors, ballet, modern dance, original music by Sting, and more. I cannot recommend this enough, especially if you are as big a fan of Michelangelo as I am.
Dream - Art Meets Dreams - at the beautiful Chiostro del Bramante, until the August 25, 2019.
The Chiostro del Bramante is behind Piazza Navona, on Via Arco della Pace, 5. T. +39 06 915 19 41
Click the picture to visit the museum's official site.
Open Mon - Fri 10am - 8pm; Sat - Sun 10am - 9pm.
13€ includes audioguide. No advance booking required.
Festivals and Other Events in Rome in June
The Rome Chamber Music Festival16th 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.
June 12-17 2019. Click the photo at left to go to the official webpage and for ticket info.
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 at left for events schedule, directions and tickets.
CONCERTS TO ENJOY IN ROME IN June 2019
Take in an opera.
The Rome Opera House will show Sergej Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel only on June 1, 2019. Thereafter, you can see Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola from 08-13 June and, Giacomo Puccini's Tosca from 18-26 June, 2019.
The Santa Cecilia hall, designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, at the Rome Auditorium, is the perfect place to attend a concert. The complex is stunning, and for music lovers, the acoustics are just outstanding.
We are close to so many things, like Pompeii, Ostia Antica, Tivoli, Florence and much more.
Take a bicycle tour.
You can go out onto the Appia Antica, a lovely area to tour by bike. You can also try one of Rome's newest tours, by electric bike. What a great way to see the sites, get some exercise but not get too over-exerted.
We are already getting a lot of requests for pools in Rome. In fact, this is a great time to head to Ostia Beach, just outside of Rome. It's definitely warm enough, and won't be as crowded now since it's not fully summer yet. If you want a beach day, or to escape the crowds in Rome, grab your suit and hop on the train!
This is what Ostia Beach looks like in June - peaceful and uncrowded. Fun in the sun!
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