This post lists some of the best things to do in Rome in June, updated for 2023.
We include free events, family-friendly activities, and things to do at night. We also have a post on the weather in June.
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TOP EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES 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
If you need more ideas, check out our comprehensive post on things to do in Rome any time of the year.
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:
- 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. 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 that combines both Aquafelix and Zoomarine for one low price, and we recommend that option to save money and experience both parks!
Additionally, film buffs might enjoy a trip to Cinecitta World. For more family fun, consider either MagicLand, Roma World or Luneur Park.
6. Celebrate the Corpus Christi Holiday
The Christian world celebrates this holiday to commemorate the Eucharist. It is also called the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.
Each year it's observed in either late May or early June, on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
There is a procession through the streets of Rome led by a top figure in the Catholic church, either the Pope himself or a bishop.
There are musicians and members of the clergy in the procession, and thousands line the route to watch the processional.
If you'd like to join the faithful, events take place on June 8th, 2023.
7. Celebrate the Festa della Repubblica
On June 2nd the whole of Rome celebrates 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 18:30 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.
Fore more inforamtion, visit the Festa Della Repubblica website.
8. Attend 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.
- Marracash | Jun 1st
- Claudio Baglioni | Jun 3rd - 17th
- Andrea Bocelli | Jun 10th
- Antonello Venditti | Jun 18th
- Skunk Anansie | Jun 29th
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 a Musical Performance
Rome has a rich history of music, with many world-renowned opera houses and choirs in addition to other performance venues and groups.
As such, there are always plenty of concerts to be found each month.
- La Traviata at St. Paul's Within the Walls | Every Friday
- The Three Tenors in Rome | Every Saturday
- Vivaldi/Bach at St. Paul's Within the Walls | Every Monday
- Open Air Opera Concert at Terrazza Borromini | Every Friday
- Madame Butterly | June 16th-25th
Check Rome tourist passes to see if they either include one of these concerts for free or offer a discount on tickets!
You can also see Andrea Bocelli at the Baths or Caracalla on June 10th.
The Lumineers are playing at Cavea Auditorium on June 26th.
A few Italian singers will also have concerts in June. Zucchero Fornaciari has shows on June 2nd and 3rd, and Tiziano Ferro has shows on June 24th and 25th.
10. 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.
11. Celebrate Roma Pride
Rome's annual Pride parade will be taking place on June 10th, but there will be a variety of events to enjoy from June 9th - 11th, 2023.
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.
Check the Roma Pride website for more details or visit this website for some detailed information about events.
12. Attend a Football Game
In Rome, football (soccer) is the most popular sport.
Two main clubs compete in the Olympic Stadium during the regular season.
On June 4th, AS Roma plays Spezia Calcio
Even if you’re not a huge fan of this sport, you might still want to see a match just to discover how this city supports its team!
And, if you want to see behind the scenes, you can also take a tour of the Olympic Stadium
13. Enjoy the Rome Chamber Music Festival
World-class musicians come to Rome for the annual Rome Chamber Music Festival.
Concerts take place at Teatro Argentina, with each night featuring a unique musical program. Also, rehearsals are open to the public.
You can expect works from such masters as Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Shubert, and Shostakovich, as well as some modern-day composers.
To purchase tickets or find out more information, visit the Rome Chamber Music Festival website.