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Things to Do in Rome in June

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This post lists some of the best things to do in Rome in June, updated for 2022. We include free events, family-friendly activities and things to do at night.

If you need more ideas, check out our comprehensive post on things to do in Rome any time of the year.

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TOP 12 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN ROME IN JUNE

The following section will provide information about some of the best things to do in Rome this June.

If you're looking for other things to do, check out our popular Rome posts:

Don’t forget that some of the best attractions and activities available are included at a discount with several Rome tourist passes.


1) Take a Food Tour

You can have the best meal of your life several times over if you know where to look in Rome!

That's when it's great to have local guides who know the best hidden foodie spots. 

There are food experiences for everyone in Rome.  

For a more traditional food tour, take a delicious Secret Food Tours! You'll get to sample various meats, cheeses, and delicious street food over multiple stops on a walking tour. 

And what would a food experience in Rome be without a wine tasting

Have kids with you or just looking for a fun afternoon? Get everyone involved by taking a cooking class! An easy and high-energy option is a kid-focused pizza class.


2) Take a Bike Tour of Via Appia

Take your family on a journey down one of the most historic roads in Rome.

Via Appia is free to visit without a guide, but it can be difficult to traverse on your own.

Rather than spending an entire day walking down this historic road, we recommend taking a guided bike tour instead.

Some tours of Via Appia provide an electronic bike for the trip, making it even easier to enjoy the sights and learn about Roman history without getting too tired.

This bike tour will take you past locations such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus, and other historic landmarks.

More details or to purchase tickets.

Of course, if you really want to take a self-guided tour of Appian Way, we still recommend at least renting a bike to make the process easier and quicker.


3) Take a Sightseeing Tour

Summertime means there's plenty of daylight and warm weather to take advantage of!

We recommend grabbing a refillable water bottle and exploring on a sightseeing tour. 

Of course, the Colosseum is one of the most popular attractions in Rome and many visitors prefer to take a guided tour of the massive stadium.

TIP: Don't forget that they offer night tours of the Colosseum during the summer!

Taking a hop-on-hop-off bus tour is a great way to combine simple, stress-free transport around Rome with an informative audio guide!

Several guided walks are actually pay-what-you-like tours, so they're budget-friendly.

If you’re looking to save money, consider taking either a self-guided or an audio tour of Rome.


4) Save Money with a Tourist Pass

If you’re looking to visit some of the most popular attractions in the city, a tourist pass can help you save up to 50% off retail admission prices.

Perhaps even more important during the June busy season - a tourist pass can save you time with skip-the-line access to multiple attractions!

The following attractions are discounted with most of these services:

Seeing many of these popular spots can often involve waiting in line, especially during the summer... Unless you've got a pass that allows you to skip the box office!

For more information about which service would save you the most, visit our post providing details about each Rome tourist pass.


5) Take the Family to an Amusement Park

A lot of amusement parks in the area will be opening up around this time of year, so if you're looking for a fun family activity, you might want to consider visiting one of these locations.

If it's a particularly hot day, consider heading to Aquafelix, a water park full of beautiful pools, slides, and other fun things to do. Alternatively, you might also enjoy Zoomarine, a water-themed amusement park with dolphin shows and over 30 rides!

There's actually a combo ticket which combines both Aquafelix and Zoomarine for one low price, and we recommend that option to save money and experience both parks!

In addition to these options, film buffs might enjoy a trip to Cinecitta World. For more family fun, consider either MagicLand, Roma World, or Luneur Park.


6) See a Light Show at a Historic Site

During the summer, both the Forum of Augustus and the Forum of Caesar light up the night with special shows which actually depict the history of each location on the walls of ancient Roman architecture.

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience one of the most historic landmarks in Rome from a different perspective while learning about the city.

Whether you're looking for a fun family activity or something interesting to do after dark, this is an excellent attraction that is typically only available from June - November.

Purchase tickets to the Forum of Augustus Evening Show.

Purchase tickets to the Forum of Caesar Evening Show.


7) Celebrate the Festa della Repubblica 

On June 2nd the whole of Rome celebrates the Italian Independence Day. This is when, in 1946, Italians voted to become a Republic instead of a monarchy.

On the night before, there will be a changing of the Guard of Honor at 15:00 as well as a major concert at 18:00 on Palazzo Quirinale grounds.

On Wednesday, June 1st, there will be the laying of the laurel wreath and other military demonstrations throughout the day.

You’ll even have the opportunity to visit the gardens of Quirinale Palace for free!

The only downside to this holiday is that the city gets a bit upended. Some banks and museums may shut down and widespread road closures are to be expected.


8) See a Concert

There are a lot of great venues in Rome and the city tends to attract a lot of touring musical artists

If the large rock festival mentioned above isn't your thing, there are other concerts happening this June that will be just as fun. 

If you’re in the mood for a different kind of musical performance, make sure to check this list of concerts in Rome.


9) Attend the Rock in Roma Festival

If you’re interested in seeing a rock concert, this festival is going to be an absolute must. From June 10th - September 11th, 2022, Rock in Rome will host several popular bands.

Tickets can be purchased individually for each concert. 

June bands will include: 

  • Jinjer
  • Vasco Rossi
  • Massive Attack
  • Skunk Anansie
  • Queen at the Opera
  • And more!

Concerts usually begin at 19:30.

Check the Rock in Rome website for full details on their plans.

Find all music festivals and concerts in Rome here.


10) Enjoy a Show From Teatro Dell’Opera

This is the most popular theatre in all of Rome, and they typically have at least one or two performances to see each month.

Their biggest event in June will be Claudio Baglioni performing at the Baths of Caracalla from June 3rd - 17th. However, if you're looking for something more theatrical, they will also have one opera to see this month.

From June 3rd - 11th, there will be a handful of opportunities to see the opera Ernani performed at Teatro Costanzi. This is a popular and classic tale by Guiseppe Verdi, and fans of the theatre should jump at the chance to see it live!


11) Discover the Traditions of San Pietro e Paolo

The Feast of Saint Peter and Paul is a public holiday for Romans, and a special time at St. Peter’s Basilica.

On June 29th, they dress up the statue of St. Peter as a pontiff and perform a lot of special rites/traditions. During this celebration, the Dome of St. Peter’s is lit up for the whole of Rome to see.

A fair is also typically held outside of St. Paul’s to celebrate both saints. Later on that night, there will be a fireworks show at Castel Sant'Angelo.

Even if you’re not a very religious person, chances are that this holiday will provide some fun and family-friendly entertainment.

If you plan on visiting St. Peter’s Basilica during this event, make sure to read our post providing useful information about the church.

You can find more things to do in Vatican City here


12) Celebrate Roma Pride

Rome's annual Pride parade will be taking place on June 11th, but there will be a variety of events to enjoy from June 9th - 12th, 2022.

Keep your eyes peeled on the Roma Pride website for more details.

The parade route begins in Piazza della Repubblica and ends in Piazza Venezia, passing by the Colosseum as it goes.

You'll find people in the streets partying all along the parade route on Saturday!

During the days leading up to the parade, there will be concerts, film screenings, and other events.


RESCHEDULED: Go to a Championship Football Game

In Rome, football (soccer) is the most popular sport.

Two main clubs compete in the Olympic Stadium during the regular season. This event is exciting because Rome will be hosting multiple European Football Championship games.  

This event was rescheduled to April 15th - 18th, 2022.

As such, there will be no soccer to watch in June.


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: April 20th, 2022
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