This post lists some of the best things to do in Rome in June, updated for 2020. 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.
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:
- Explore Trastevere
- Visit the Colosseum
- See the Vatican Museums
- Things to Do at Villa Borghese
- Take a Rome Bus Tour
Don’t forget that some of the best attractions and activities available are included at a discount with several Rome tourist passes.
1) 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.
European Football Championships
2) 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 1, 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 1, 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.
3) 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 13 – July 31, 2020, 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.
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:
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
- Vatican Museums
- The Colosseum
- Castel Sant’Angelo
- Borghese Gallery
- Baths of Caracalla
- Bioparco di Roma
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) Grab a Beer at BirròForum Summer Fest
If wine isn’t your thing, this festival is a great option for trying regionally-made beverages. Taking place between June 27 – 30, 2020, BirròForum celebrates craft and artisanal beers.
Guests are invited to try several different specialty drinks and road food that you won’t necessarily find on every corner.
Visitors can also take part in various tasting courses, food shows, and seminars during the event. Most food items available for purchase start at €3.
- Price: €5 Admission + Tasting Glass + Free Activities
- Times: June 27 – 30 from 19:00 – 01:00
- Location: Tor di Quinto Park
- Find more details here.
6) 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?
7) See Carmen at Teatro Dell’Opera
Experience one of the most classic operas of all time while visiting Rome. Teatro Dell’Opera will be putting on Carmen from June 13 – 25, 2020.
Carmen is a 4-act opera set in southern Spain. The titular Carmen seduces the soldier Don Jose and causes his downfall.
This gives tourists and locals alike a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an excellent show in a historic theatre that was built over 100 years ago.
Some shows will take place as early as 4:30 pm, but most of them are at 8 pm.
- Carmen | June 13 – 25
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.
- Claudio Baglioni | June 6 – 21
- Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds | June 11
- Andrea Bocelli | June 21
- Beck | June 26
If you’re in the mood for a different kind of musical performance, make sure to check this list of concerts in Rome.
9) 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.
- Tickets: €50.95 per person
- Duration: 4 hours
- More details or to purchase tickets.
10) Celebrate Roma Pride
Rome’s annual Pride parade takes place on Saturday, June 13. The entire Pride festival, however, will be hosting events from June 6 – 14, 2020.
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.
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 29, 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.
You can find more things to do in Vatican City here.
12) 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.
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