July is very interesting in Rome. Concerts, long summer evenings and numerous events make July in Rome particularly liveable and endearing. Opening times of museums, events and concerts, here you will find the most important dates.
In July school are closed in Rome and many families are in the summer holidays. There is less traffic and therefore it is very pleasant in Rome.
The Colosseum is the most visited museum in Italy. It can be visited only by reservation. For the Coliseum, in addition to the standard ticket, there are a few variants with access to the arena, a visit to the underground or the upper floors, as well as a tour of archaeological features in the area of the Roman Forum. The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine are open daily in July 8:30 – 18:15 closing 19:15. Details about the Colosseum Tickets>
There is no more general rule about free admission to the National Museums. Each museum now decides on the days of free entry itself. All information and opening hours can be found in the list of museums
The Vatican Museums are among the most visited museums worldwide. During normal opening hours the Vatican Museums are always very busy. It is much quieter before the official opening in the early morning and at the evening opening on Friday. For the Vatican Museums you should buy the tickets well in advance. Otherwise you risk long waiting times at the cash register or even tickets sold out. Details about the Vatican Museums>
The Vatican Museums are closed in the following days in July: Sunday 7, 14 and 21, 2019. Opening hours 9 – 16 closing 18 night opening Friday July 5, 12, 19 and 26 19 – 21:30 closing 23
Free admission to the Vatican Museums is on Sunday 28 July. However, there are long lines and it gets extremely crowded. 9 – 12:30 closing time 14:00
The Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo is open in July Monday – Friday 8:30 – 13 closing 14, Saturday 8:30 – 16:30 closing 17:30, Sunday is closed.
Papal Audience and Angelus Prayer
In July there are no Papal audiences. Pope Francis’ Angelus Prayer will be held on St Peter’s Square every Sunday in July 2019 and admission is free.
extended until 25.8.2019 DREAM Art meets dreams, in the cloister of the Bramante (near Piazza Navona) Tickets
Cinecittà si mostra Visit the dream factory of Roman cinema, Metro A Station Cinecittà Tickets
Until 22.9.2019 Rome in the dark room, photos from the 19th century until today Exhibition at the Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi at Piazza Navona. Tickets for Palazzo Braschi
Until 13.10.2019 Donne. Corpo e immagine tra simbolo e rivoluzione Galleria d’Arte Moderna Tuesday – Sunday 9am-7pm via Francesco Crispi 24 Metro A Barberini, Bus 52, 53, 62, 63, 84, 85, 160, 492 Tritone/Barberini Tickets for the Gallery of Modern Art
Until 31 October, visit of the historic French Academy Villa Medici above the Spanish Steps. Guided tours in French, English, Italian, Spanish, Russian Tickets
July is the season of concerts in Rome. Rock in Roma, the Roma Summer Fest in the Auditorium and opera performances in the Baths of Caracalla are the most important events.
Rock in Roma
Rock in Roma is an international festival that has been held since 2009. In 2019 there will be three venues.
The Capanelle racecourse is located in the south of Rome on the Via Appia Nuova, halfway between the city and Ciampino airport. Ippodromo delle Capannelle – Via Appia Nuova, 1245 118, 520, 654, 664, 789, N26, Capanelle train station. At the end of the concert there are shuttle buses and special trains to the city.
The following concerts will take place at the Capannelle for Rock in Roma in July:
02.07. 21:00 Franco 126
04.07. 21:45 Gemitaiz
05.07. 22:00 The Zen Circus
06.07. 21:45 J-AX + Articolo 31
07.07. 20.45 Haken
11.07. 21:45 Bad Bunny
12.07. 21:45 Salmo
13.07. 21:45 Carl Brave
The Roman Theatre in Ostia Antica is located on the archaeological site of the old sea trading town that supplied goods from all over the world to Rome. Ostia Antica – Teatro Romano – Via dei Romagnoli 717 Metro Roma – Lido @ Ostia Antica
At the Teatro Romano in Ostia Antica the following concerts take place in July:
The Auditorium Parco della Musica is the Philharmonic of the city of Rome. In addition to concert halls, there is the open-air stage Cavea, where concerts are held. Auditorium Parco della Musica – Cavea Tram 2 Apollodoro
The following concerts will take place on the open-air stage of the Auditorium in the context of Rock in Roma in July:
16.07. 21:00 Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets
Rome Summer Fest
The Rome Summer Fest is the festival of the Roman Philharmonic Parco della Musica. The festival takes place on the Cavea open-air stage designed by Renzo Piano. Auditorium Parco della Musica – Cavea Tram 2 Apollodoro
01.07. 21:00 Tiromancino
03.07. 21:00 Thirty Seconds to Mars
04.07. 21:00 Toto
06.07. 21:00 Gazzelle
08.07. 21:00 Skunk Anansie
09.07. 21:00 Tears for Fears
10.07. 21:00 The Cinematic Orchestra
11.07. 21:00 Irama
13.07. 21:00 Ben Harper & The innocent criminals
14.07. 21:00 Diana Krall
15.07. 21:00 Massimo Ranieri Malia Napoletana
16.07. 21:00 Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets
17.07. 21:00 Aurora Opening Act Cecilia
19.07. 21:00 Bowland
21.07. 21:00 Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes
23.07. 21:00 Afro-Cuban All Stars
24.07. 21:00 Angélique Kidjo
26.07. 21:00 Queen at the Opera
28.07. 21:00 Rufus Wainwright
29.07. 21:00 Fiorella Mannoia
30.07. 21:00 Carmina Burana
01.08. 21:00 Pink Floyd Legend “Atom Heart Mother Tour”
Operas and concerts in the Baths of Caracalla
One of the highlights of the Roman summer are the concerts at the Baths of Caracalla. The ancient ruins provide a unique backdrop.
All performances start at 9pm. Tickets for all performances are available at order online. There are the following performances:
Aida in the Baths of Caracalla
Dates: Thursday – Sunday 04.-07. July; Friday / Saturday 12th, 13th of July; Thursday, July 18th; Wednesday 24th and 31st of July; Saturday, August 3rd
La Traviata in the Baths of Caracalla
Dates: Friday July 19; Tuesday 23; Saturday 27; Friday August 2; Thursday August 8.
Romeo and Giulietta in den Baths of Caracalla
Dates: Tuesday July 30; Thursday August 1; Sunday August 4.
Further concerts at the Baths of Caracalla
Other concerts in Rome
There are also concerts at the Lake of Villa Ada in the north of Rome and at the Casa del Jazz south of the Baths of Caracalla.
There are two concerts in the Olympic Stadium, which can be reached by tram 2 from Piazzale Flaminio:
A summer evening on the Tiber banks in Rome is a great experience. You can stroll along the river or enjoy culinary specialties.
During summer, stalls and tents are built on the banks of the Tiber. Associations inform about their work, you can buy clothes and objects and there are bars, restaurants and pizzerias. One area is below the Castel Sant’Angelo, a second major area goes from the Sixtus Bridge and along the Tiber Island to Porta Portese.
In addition to the huge culinary offer here you will find entertainment games, events and an outdoor cinema. The best time to visit the Tiber is between 8pm and midnight.
Another festival takes place further south in the Marconi district. There is the theater Teatro India, which offers events on a former industrial site every evening.
Every day from 7 pm there is music, concerts, street food, cocktail bar and specialty beers.
Every Monday from 10 pm RUM – Roma Underground Movement with music 90/00.
Teatro India is opposite the Ponte della Scienza pedestrian bridge. From the Tiber Island, it is 2 miles along the banks of the Tiber, from the metro station Piramide it is through the lively area along Via Ostiense and Via del Porto Fluviale, then via Riva Ostiense and over the bridge 1.3 miles. Nearest bus stop Piazza della Radio line 170, 766, 780, 781, N16
Summer party in the gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo
In July, there is a summer party in the Gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo. There are book readings, concerts, dance evenings and games.
Jazz at Villa Celimontana
Every evening in July, jazz concerts are held in “Village Celimontana”. Villa Celimontana on Caelius Hill can be reached on foot from the Circus Maximus via the Salita di San Gregorio. From the Colosseum take Via Claudia. Bus 81 Stop Villa Celimontana
Gianicolo in Musica
In summer, the Estate Romana hosts concerts on the terrace of the Gianicolo in Piazza Garibaldi . Admission is free. From 18:30 you can enjoy an aperitif at the bar. The performances are divided into the themes of music, jazz, theater, tango and disco and start between 19:00 and 21:00. Details of the program (external link)
Open air Cinema Festival · Festival del Cinema in Piazza · S. Cosimato in Trastevere · Ostia · Cervelletta
In July, films are shown from Wednesday to Sunday in Piazza S. Cosimato in Trastevere. The films are shown in the original language with Italian subtitles. Admission is free. The projections start at 21.15 and last until around midnight.
Further projections in Italian take place from Wednesday to Sunday until 27 July in the marina of Ostia, also beginning at 21.15. The marina of Ostia is difficult to reach by public transport, especially after midnight.
Spot: The youngsters from Little America beg at an intersection to invite to the Il Cinema in Piazza event and give directions for getting to Casale della Cervelletta. Walking shoes, flashlight, stool and mosquito repellent are recommended.
Open air cinema in the Villa Borghese
The Casa del Cinema at Villa Borghese hosts free performances during summer. The topics are space, short stories, opera films, the comedians Age & Scarpelli, the director Carlo Mazzacurati and the production house BIM Film. The performances are partly in original with Italian subtitles. Largo Marcello Mastroianni, 1 Download the program (pdf)
Climate and clothing
In July, the maximum temperatures in Rome are regularly above 86° F and the minimum temperatures rarely below 36° F. Rain is rare. Grasses and meadows turn brown. You should choose your accommodation with air conditioning. In the city is a constant airflow and the temperatures are not unpleasant in the shade.
Since you spend a lot of time outdoors in Rome, you need protection against the sun. Well suited are a sun hat or an umbrella. You also need comfortable shoes.
Attention! Visiting the sacral sites, including the catacombs and the Vatican Museums, your shoulders and knees must be covered, even on hot summer days.
Rome for early risers
In the early morning it is pleasantly fresh and there are only a few people on the way. The sunrise offers wonderful pictures and maybe you will see at one of the monuments a wedding couple during their photo session. The early morning is also the best time to jog.
Rome on hot days
When planning your day you should be careful not to walk around in the heat of the afternoon. You should plan rest periods with a visit to a park, a swimming pool or a trip to the sea.
In any case, you should avoid too much effort. Comfortable is the ride on the open hop on hop off bus. A bit more adventurous is the ride on the e-bike or with the Vespa.
After sunset, a lively and colorful nightlife develops. Traditional festivals and events along the banks of the Tiber provide a change.
On hot summer days you might not feel like having a hearty lunch. Often a nice salad plate, a sandwich, fresh fruit or a sundae is enough. Many bars offer small meals for lunch. Roman office workers go to lunch around 1pm. Follow them and you will find good places for a light lunch. For a good ice cream, I recommend that you read my report on ice cream parlors in Rome.
For dinner, the Romans spend more time. It can take several hours between appetizer and dessert. There is a lot of fish and grilled. The heavy Roman cuisine is rather less suitable for the summer. Artichokes are winter vegetables, in summer they come from far away.
On beautiful summer evenings, you can eat well on the banks of the Tiber. It is also a good idea to take the train from the pyramid to Ostia and have a nice dinner by the sea there.
If you are in Rome for a bit longer, you should take some time for a trip outside the city.
Very easy and popular is a trip to the sea. Easily reachable is Ostia with the local train from the pyramid (Metro B) to Ostia Lido. On the way you can see the interesting archaeological excavations in Ostia Antica. Here you will find a complete trading city with theater. The theater stages concerts in the Rock in Roma series. Read also A day trip to Ostia
Many Romans go to the mountains. I recommend a visit to Villa D’Este in Tivoli. The numerous fountains and water features fed by the River Aniene provide a cool breeze even on hot summer days.
Pleasant is also the drive to Castel Gandolfo. There you can visit the papal summer residence and bathe in the volcano lake.
A little further away is Assisi, where St. Francis founded his order.
The high-speed trains take you to Naples or Florence in less than two hours. You can easily visit the Vesuvius near Naples or the Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. You can also travel to Venice and back in one day.
So it’s worth it to stay a few more days in Rome and organize some excursions.