Rome in May and June – In 2018 Pentecost is already in May and there are many special events on Pentecost weekend. After Whitsun, the Giro d’Italia is arriving to Rome for the final stage. Here you find all information on Pentecost, May and June in Rome.
In Rome, only May 1 is a holiday. Ascension on May 10, 2018 is a normal working day in Rome.
On Sunday, May 20, 2018, the church celebrates Pentecost , Whit Monday is not a holiday in Italy.
Corpus Christi on Thursday 31st May is not a holiday in Italy.
On 2 June 2018, the 72nd anniversary of the Founding of the Republic is celebrated – national holiday.
On Thursday 29 June is in Rome the feast of the city’s saints Peter and Paul. This day is a high holiday in Rome.
May 7-20, 2018 Tennis Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Foro Italico
12 May 6:30 pm until 13 May 8 am “Holy night” Notte sacra church events and music; Info Point Notte Sacra 6pm-6am ORP Via dei Cestari 21; through the night with prayers, concerts, readings, jazz – nottesacra.it
12-13 May, 2018 Open House Roma 2018 Free visit of ancient and modern architectural masterpieces in Rome
As part of Open House Roma 2018, there are many highly interesting visits, guided tours and thematic walks. In our Facebook group Tourist in Rome you will find some events for which a reservation is still possible (as of 1 May 2018).
17-20 May, 2018 race for the cure at the Circus Maximus, registration from 17 to 19 May at the Circus Maximus – 5 km run and 2 km walk, and events to support the prevention of breast cancer
19 – 20 May, 2018 European Festival of the Museums 2018
19 May, 2018 Night of the Museums of the Municipality of Rome with a programme of events, admission €1 from 8pm to 2am, last admission at 1am.
Furthermore have opened: the Senate (admission of 50 people every 20 minutes) and the Chamber of Deputies and the Chamber of Commerce in Piazza di Pietra, the Carcer Tullianum and the Goethe House on Via del Corso.
The state museums offer special events on 19 and 20 May 2018.
20 May 2018 Rain of the rose petals in the Pantheon after the Mass for Whitsunday, beginning of the Mass at 10:30 am
23 to 27 May 2018 International Jumping Horse Show in Piazza di Siena (Villa Borghese). Competitions from Wednseday 23 May 1 pm, closing ceremony on Sunday from 6:15 pm.
27 May 2018 Last stage of the Giro d’Italia. The route continues for 10 laps of 11.8 km each in the city center, departing from Piazza del Popolo and arriving, after 115 km, at the Imperial forums near the Colosseum.More about the Giro d’Italia in Rome>
1 June, 2018 3:30 pm On the occasion of the Feast of the Republic: Ceremonial change of guard in front of the Quirinal Palace
2 June, 2018 morning: On the via dei Fori Imperiali: military parade and aerobatics demonstration of Frecce Tricolore
3 June 2018 Free admission to the national museums, as well as in some museums of the Municipality of Rome at the first Sunday of the month
16 June, 2018 9 pm Half marathon “Maratona di Roma”
24 June, 2018 Red Bull Soapbox Race at Villa Borghese
29 June, 2018 Feast of the city patrons Peter and Paul with Infiorata and fireworks at the Castel Sant’Angelo ” La Girandola ”
29 June – 1 July International competition Swimming LV Trofeo Internazionale Sette Colli, Foro Italico
There is a stunning show in the Auditorium in via della Conciliazione. Original music, performers and 270° projections are the ingredients of this show, which brings audiences closer to the fascination and beauty of Sistine Chapel art. It was produced with technical advice from the Vatican Museums. There are shows in Italian and English. Book online Il Giudizio Universale>
The Vatican Museums are open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm – last entry is at 4 pm. On Sunday 27 May and 24 June the Vatican Museums are open from 9am to 2pm and admission is free – last admission is at 12:30.
Special early entrance with breakfast is at 7 o’clock.
Special early entrance without breakfast is at 8 o’clock.
The Vatican Museums are open from May to October each Friday from 6pm-11pm, last entry is at 9:30pm. Remaining tickets for this exclusive event you can book here also at short notice, the booking period is usually 60 days:
Information on the opening hours of St. Peter’s Basilica, the dome and the grottoes can be found in my post about St. Peter’s.
Rome May June 2018 Opening hours of the national museums and the museums of the Municipality of Rome
The Capitoline Museums, the Markets of Trajan and the Ara Pacis are open daily from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm with admission until 6:30.
Coliseum, Imperial Forums and Palatine are open from 8:30 am to 7:15 pm with admission until 6:15 pm.
The moon over the Coliseum: Also the extraordinary night opening of the Colosseum from 8 pm to midnight you can book here:
Galleria Borghese: Tuesday – Sunday 8:30 am – 7:30 pm (by reservation only)
Castel Sant’Angelo is open daily from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm.
Other museums are open usually from Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm, on Sundays the opening times are sometimes shorter.
20 May, 2018 9:30 am Papal Mass for Pentecost on St. Peter’s Square. Admission only with reservation.
31 May, 2018 7 pm Papal mass and Corpus Christi procession on the square in front of the Basilica of St. John
29 June, 2018 9:30 am Solemnity Peter and Paul on Saint Peter’s square, admission only with reservation.
29 June, 2018 12 pm Angelus prayer on St. Peter’s square, free admission
All the dates of the Pope’s Masses and the Pope’s audiences can be found in my holiday calendar.
May in Rome is characterized typically by a pleasant climate. The average maximum temperature is 76 ° F and only in a few years, the temperature rises on some days above 86 ° F. The average minimum temperature is 55 ° F. There are on average 4 days of rain. Every now and then may be short showers.
In June, the temperature continues to rise, and can often exceed 86 ° F. Especially in the second half of June, the nighttime temperatures no longer drop below 35 ° F. In some years it is very stable and hot in June, in other years it also comes to prolonged rainfall.
A good packing list is especially important if you want to travel with hand baggage only.
Since it is already quite warm in Rome in May and June, a light jacket is enough for the evening. In June it can be very hot or rainy as well. For your visits to churches and catacombs, you must always make sure that your clothing covers the shoulders and knees. You need comfortable shoes.
Especially if you plan to visit a Pope’s Mass or a Pope’s Audience, you should have a light rain cover on hand.
For swimming in the sea, it is still quite cold in June, but you can sunbathe in Ostia or take walks on the beach.
Of course, you must not forget your medication in the packing list, as you can only buy certain pharmaceuticals in Italy on presentation of a prescription. In addition, you should pack a mosquito repellent and a tea tree oil for the treatment of possible mosquito bites. As a protection against the sun a sunscreen and an umbrella will help you.
In addition, you should bring the charger of your electronic devices as well as toothbrush, hairbrush or comb, toothpaste and cosmetics within the usual safety regulations for air travel.