Coming to Rome in June? It is still mostly a spring month so the weather is gorgeous! Warm but not too hot, with long sunny days and little rain. June is a great time to be in Rome!
Here's what you need to know:
At the beginning of June, we are still in spring-mode: the days are quite warm, and Rome is full of flowers. But we can have some temperature swings, and rainy days, and cool evenings.
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.
These are my personal recommendations for your visit to Rome in June, which I own or use:
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.
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.
For more on what to pack for Rome, with downloadable packing list, visit my page all about this.
For sight-seeing in June in Rome, here is the ideal way to dress:
In June in Rome, the evenings are pleasant and it's nice to eat outside. 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 is one of those months when everyone wants to come to Rome. A lot of people are out of school, and it's high travel season all around Europe.
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.
So yes, June in Rome is very crowded. Plan for high airfares and hotel rates, and plan for crowds. But plan ahead and book what you can in advance to avoid long lines. And try to get off the beaten path to avoid the crowds if you can.
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.
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!
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 be heavy, and the mozzarella should stretch out and not be overly wet or crumbly. They are perfect as a pre-pizza appetizer, but you can find them at many Roman restaurants.
My husband (who is Roman and a fritto afficionado), and I do a lot of zucchini-flower taste-testing around Rome. Ahem. Our favorite places to eat these are Roberto e Loretta (the best), Pizzeria Emma, Sforno, Piccolo Arancio and Pizzeria San Marco.
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 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).
A lot of things are going on in June in Rome.
Some are free, some are outdoors, some are at night, and some are all of the above! Let's start with the free stuff:
On the first Sunday of every month, state-run museums and archeological sites are free for everyone.
On Sunday June 3 2018, the Colosseum/Forum/Palatine are free but will be packed. I'd recommend visiting some lesser-visited sites, like the Ostia Antica or Palazzo Barberini. For a complete list of free sites/monuments, visit the Rome Tourist Board.
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.
On the last Sunday of the month, the Vatican Museums are open and free. Hours are 9am - 2pm, with last entry at 12:30. No reservations are possible and tours don't generally go this day. If you don't show up long before 9am, you risk waiting more than an hour, even two, in line, and not getting in.
If you are on a tight schedule and this is the only day you can go, or a tight budget, then this is a great opportunity. But otherwise it is usually better to book your visit ahead of time and pay to go another day.
Some of the free things above are also night-time things to do. Here are some more night-time things to do in Rome in June, and they are all wonderful!
Now through fall, you can visit the Colosseum at night! This is a very special thing to do as you see the colosseum from a very different point of view. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday nights from 8pm to midnight. 20€ and not to be combined with the Roman Forum. Not part of Roma Pass.
Click the photo to go to the official website and online ticket office, or, if you'd like a more complete night tour, click here.
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.
One of the best night shows in Rome, I highly recommend this wonderful laser/hologram/light show in the Forum of Augustus (along the Via dei Fori Imperiali, leading to the Colosseum), 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. Amazing and special thing to do in Rome!
Various 40-minute shows from about 8pm. 15€ for one show, or 25€ for combined ticket of both shows.
Click the photo to go to the official website of "Viaggio Nei Fori." Advance booking is strongly suggested.
Now through end of October (except in August), you can visit the Vatican Museums on Friday nights. (St. Peter's basilica will be closed. This night visit is only for the museums and Sistine Chapel.)
7-11pm Friday nights only, with last entry at 9:30pm.
Click the photo to visit the Vatican website for more details and booking options. Or, to book a more complete guided tour, click here.
June 8-17 2018 attend VinoForum, where you can pay one entrance and attend a huge wine festival in one open space
I've done this and it's lots of fun, and some of Rome's best chefs are on hand, offering some of their specialities as well.
Late June (TBD) is BirròForum, held in the same location as the VinoForum, and focusing in craft beers.
Sunday - Thursday: 7pm - midnight. Friday - Saturday: 7pm - 1am. 16€ entry fee, which includes a glass and glass carrier, 10 tastes from the various wineries there, and participation in cooking show and other events, space permitting. Food and additional tastings cost extra.
The Rome Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 13th year. Held in the spectacular Gran Salone 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 4-7 2018. 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 the huge Città dell'altra Economia in Testaccio.
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. Only in Italian. Hashtag #GV18
TURNER - Works from Tate - at the beautiful Chiostro del Bramante, from March 22 - August 26, 2018.
The Chiostro del Bramante is behind Piazza Navona, on Via Arco della Pace, 5. T. +39 06 915 19 41
Open Mon - Fri 10am - 8pm; Sat - Sun 10am - 9pm. 13€ includes audioguide.
At Palazzo Braschi (right on Piazza Navona) - Don't miss the wonderul exhibit of Canaletto works, to mark the 250th anniversary of this Venetian artist's death. The pieces are magnificent, and the setting is lovely, especially the views of Piazza Navona below.
Now through August 19 2018. Closed Mondays.
Tue - Sun 10am - 7pm. 11€. Discounts available with Roma Pass.
At the Scuderie al Quirinale - Hiroshige, Visions of Japan. From March 1 - July 2018.
Sun - Thu 10am – 8pm, Fri - Sat 10am – 10:30pm; last admission one hour before closing time. 12€ adults.
See their website for reduced rates, and pre-booking options.
At the Complesso del Vittoriano - Liu Bolin, The "Invisible Man".
Bolin applies intricate body painting to blend with his background, then stands perfectly still until he is practically camouflaged.
The museum will host the first major exhibition of this artist, presenting a series of shots made in 2017 at various spots in Italy, along with other photos.
The museum is open daily: Mon-Thu 9:30am - 7:30pm; Fri-Sat 9:30am - 10pm; Sun 9:30am - 8:30pm. 14€ tickets
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.
Take in an opera or ballet.
There are shows at Rome's Opera House, as well as in some beautiful Rome churches. For information on showtimes and tickets, click here.
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.
Enjoy listening to famous opera songs in the stunning and exclusive Palazzo Doria Pamphilj.
The show includes drinks and dinner.
See the "Three Tenors" in a beautiful church setting.
You will be treated to three of Rome's most famous tenors singing some of the best-known and loved songs of Italian opera.
Enjoy a opera singing by Orchestra I Virtuosi dell’opera di Roma inside a scenic and suggestive setting in central Rome (locations vary).
These wonderful opera singers put on a mini-production of various operas in full costume.
Listen to Baroque music in the perfect setting - the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone on Piazza Navona.
You'll be treated to a tour of the church, and have the chance to listen to a wonderful Baroque concert in the sacristy, with superb acoustics.
I've listed some of what I think are the most fascinating events in Rome in June, and most central. For a complete list of events in Rome in June, visit the website of the Rome Tourist Board.
Maybe it's your 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) time in Rome. Or you have more than 3 days here. Or you just want to see and do lots of fun things.
Besides the obvious must-see tourist attractions, there are lots of great things to see and do in Rome in June. Here are some ideas for your visit:
Take a cooking class
There are so many great options for taking cooking classes in Rome. From pizza-making to learning to make fresh pasta, to going shopping with the chef and making a home-cooked meal at his/her house.
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.
Take an art class.
This is all the rage now. You want to learn to fresco? sketch? make mosaics? How about pottery? Want to include a little wine-sipping with your art? Rome inspires! Get creative!
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!
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