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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 2021. 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.


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.

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. This is an especially good option if you want to avoid crowds to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 


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!

 

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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 a Virtual Tour of Piazza Navona

If you're trying to avoid going out in highly populated areas to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we actually offer our own virtual tour of a very popular location in Rome: Piazza Navona.

 

 

Our tour guide will provide several interesting details about things to see and do in this famous piazza.

Even if you can't go out sightseeing, you can still experience some of the best that this city has to offer with this free digital experience!


6) 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 June is exciting because Rome will be hosting multiple European Football Championship games.  

 

 

This event was originally postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, and they will be holding the same matches they had originally planned at the time during June 2021 instead.

If the case and vaccination numbers aren't strong enough at that time, there is a chance they won't allow fans to come to the games. Please check the UEFA website for more details.

European Football Championships

You can find tickets for all the matches here.


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 Saturday, June 1st, 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 Sunday, 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 this Sunday!

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.

NOTE: Some public gatherings might be canceled or limited in scope due to the pandemic, but that will depend largely on vaccination numbers and Covid-19 cases.


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. 

 

 

Some of these concerts could still be postponed or canceled due to the pandemic, but there have been no announcements to this effect as of yet.

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 11th - July 24th, 2021, Rock in Rome will host several popular bands.

 

 

Tickets can be purchased individually for each concert. 

June bands will include: 

Concerts usually begin at 19:30.

Although this festival is still scheduled to take place in 2021, the scale and form of it may change in the months leading up to June due to the pandemic.

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

Find all music festivals and concerts in Rome here.


10) Enjoy a Ballet From Teatro Dell’Opera

As with most events and activities in Rome, Teatro dell'Opera has taken a different approach to their traditional operas and ballets.

Rather than hosting events in a theatre, they have been doing what they call "Digital Theatre." In other words, now you can enjoy one of their shows from home!

 

 

This gives tourists and locals alike a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an excellent show from a historic theatre that was built over 100 years ago.

This month, Teatro dell'Opera will be hosting a ballet called Turnpike. It will be streamed live on June 6th at 8 pm.


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 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.

NOTE: While some of these celebrations may still be observed in 2021, there is a chance that some of them will be canceled to protect visitors from the Covid-19 pandemic.

You can find more things to do in Vatican City here


12) Celebrate Roma Pride

Rome's annual Pride parade typically takes place on Saturday, June 13th. However, the event was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic.

They have yet to provide an update about whether or not the parade will be back for 2021, but if the Covid-19 numbers are low enough and vaccination numbers are high, there might be a chance.

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.

 


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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: October 13th, 2021
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