Rome in June, the Festival of the Republic and the feast of the city’s patrons Peter and Paul are big events. The church celebrates Pentecost, Corpus Christi and the apostles Peter and Paul. Opening times of museums, exhibitions and concerts, here you will find the most important dates.
The Colosseum is the most visited museum in Italy. It can only be visited 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. Details about the Colosseum> The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine are open daily in June 8:30am-6:15pm Closure 7:15pm.List of National 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. Details about the Vatican Museums> The Vatican Museums are closed in June on the following dates: Sunday June 2, 9, 16, 23 and on Saturday June 29 for the holiday Peter and Paul. Hours 9am – 4pm Closing 6pm Night opening Friday June 7, 14, 21, 28 7 – 9:30 Closing 11pm
Free admission to the Vatican Museums is on Sunday June 30. However, there are long lines and it gets extremely crowded. 9 – 12:30 Closing 2pm
There is a lot going on in Rome in June. For the national holiday on June 2, a military parade with aerobatic demonstration takes place. At the city festival on June 29 is the famous Infiorata and a big fireworks display. In June begins the suggestive Roman summer, “Estate Romana”, with cultural events. On the banks of the Tiber at the Tiber Island and below the Castel Sant’Angelo, restaurants offer a variety of specialties in the evening. The concert series Rock in Rome begins at the end of June.
Pope’s Masses and Audiences
The general audiences are held every Wednesday at 9:30.
The Angelus prayer takes place on Sundays June 9, June 23, and June 30, and on the Solemnity of Peter and Paul on June 29, at 12 o’clock in St. Peter’s Square. Reservations are not required.
Pentecost in Rome
Pentecost is largely forgotten in Italy. Whit Monday is not a holiday in Italy. 10:00 The Pope’s Pentecost Mass takes place at St. Peter’s Basilica. For the holy mass you need tickets, which you can order at the Prefecture of the Papal Household. You can also watch the mass on the large screens on St. Peter’s Square. The live broadcast on the internet can be found on my page about the general audiences. 12:00 Regina Caeli, no tickets required
Corpus Christi in Rome
Since the Corpus Christi holiday always falls on a Thursday with the possibility of a long weekend, in 1977 the entrepreneurs and the then majority Communist unions agreed that the Italians shall rather work and not celebrate church feasts. Today, this holiday has been forgotten in Italy and is celebrated only in South Tyrol with processions on Thursday. The Roman parishes celebrate the feast on Sunday, June 23, 2019.
These are the most important dates in June 2019 in Rome:
1 June 2019 15:30 On the occasion of the Feast of the Republic: Ceremonial change of guard in front of the Quirinal Palace
June 2 feast of the Republic
Morning In Via dei Fori Imperiali: military parade and aerobatic demonstration of the Frecce Tricolori
Free entry museums on 2 June 2019: Corsini Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art, Crypt Balbi, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo, Baths of Diocletian, Baths of Caracalla and the Excavations of Ostia Antica.
3 June 2019 Free admission to Villa Adriana and Villa D’Este
5 June 2019 Free admission to the Colosseum and the Archeopark
5 June 2019 General Audience of the Pope
from 5 June 2019 Lungo il Tevere Roma Street party on the banks of the Tiber from the Sixtus Bridge to Porta Portese, daily from 8pm
6 June 2019 Free entry to Corsini Gallery and the Etruscan National Museum
8 June 2019 “White Night” of the sport from 4pm in various sports facilities in Rome, night triathlon in the marina of Ostia
9 June 2019 10:00 Pentecost service at St. Peter’s Basilica, admission only by reservation
9 June 2019 10:30 Pentecost service at the Pantheon, concluding with the traditional Rain of the rose petals
12 June 2019 General Audience of the Pope
12 June 2019 Free admission to the Borghese Gallery at 1 pm – 3 pm – 5 pm, by reservation only 19 June 2019 General Audience of the Pope
21 June 2019 Free entrance to the Archeopark of Appia Antica – Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella – Villa dei Quintili – Villa of Capo di Bove – Villa dei Sette Bassi – Tombe della Via Latina – Antiquarium di Lucrezia Romana
21 June 2019 Feast of music Festa della Musica 16-24 Artists and music groups, choirs and soloists, professional musicians and amateurs enliven the streets of Rome
21-23 June International Competition Swimming LV Trofeo Internazionale Sette Colli, Foro Italico
22 June St. John’s Day at the Esquiline, the choir of Piazza Vittorio, table football tournament and traditional snail-eating “La Lumacata” 16:30 – 23:00 Via di San Vito Metro A Piazza Vittorio, Bus 16, 75, 714 Stop Merulana / Brancaccio
26 June 2019 General Audience of the Pope
Tokyo Ballet 26.6.2019 21:00 Terme di Caracalla Metro B Circo Massimo; Bus 118, 628, 671, 714, 792
29.6.2019 City Festival Peter and Paul
- Infiorata near St. Peter’s Basilica and fireworks at the Pincio
- Free entry to the Colosseum and the Archeopark
- Free entry to the Baths of Caracalla
- Free entry to Corsini Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art, Crypt Balbi, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo, Baths of Diocletian
- Free entry to the Archeopark of the Appia Antica
30.6.2019 Free admission to the Vatican Museums
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 2.6.2019 Joint is Out of Time National Gallery of Modern Art Tuesday – Sunday 8:30am – 7:30pm via delle belle arti 131 Tram 3, 19 Galleria Arte Moderna Tickets for the National Gallery of Modern Art
Until 30.6.2019 Il Cristo Portacroce Galleria Corsini Wednesday – Monday 8:30am – 7pm via della Lungara 10 Bus 23, 280 Lungotevere Farnesina Tickets for Galleria Corsini
Until 30.6.2019 Green harmonies, The Gardens of Rome in watercolor. Museo Pietro Canonica in Villa Borghese. Admission is free.
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
Whether classical or modern, in Rome there are concerts for every taste. Here is a small selection that you can book online.
Ennio Morricone @ Terme di Caracalla 23.6.2019 21:00 Terme di Caracalla Metro B Circo Massimo; Bus 118, 628, 671, 714, 792
Anathema @ Rock in Rome 23.6.2019 20:30 Ippodromo delle Capannelle – Via Appia Nuova, 1245 118, 520, 654, 664, 789, N26
Maneskin 24.6.2019 21:00 Auditorium Parco della Musica – Cavea Tram 2 Apollodoro
Gary Clark Jr 25.6.2019 21:00 Casa del Jazz – Parco Viale Porta Ardeatina 55 671, 714, 791 @ Colombo-Marco Polo/Porta Ardeatina
Calcutta @ Rock in Rome 27.6.2019 21:45 Ippodromo delle Capannelle – Via Appia Nuova, 1245 118, 520, 654, 664, 789, N26
Laura Biagio 29.6.2019 21:00 Stadio Olimpico, Viale dello Stadio Olimpico 1 Tram 2; Bus 32, 69, 168, 200, 226, 301, 446, 628, 911, N24, N25
Take That @ Rock in Rome 29.6.2019 21:00 Auditorium Parco della Musica – Cavea Tram 2 Apollodoro
Capo Plaza @ Rock in Rome 30.6.2019 22:30 Ippodromo delle Capannelle – Via Appia Nuova, 1245 118, 520, 654, 664, 789, N26
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
From 20 June, 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 June, 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
From 16 June, 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 June, 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 take place starting at 21:15 to around midnight and from Wednesday to Sunday from 13 to 28 June at Casale della Cervelletta. From 22 June there will be performances in the marina of Ostia, in Italian. The marina of Ostia and the Parco della Cervelletta are 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
From 16 June 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)
A good packing list is especially important if you only want to travel with hand luggage. As it is already quite warm in Rome in June, a light jacket is enough for the evening. In June it can be very hot or rainy. For visits to churches and catacombs, make sure that the clothing covers shoulders and knees. Therefore, take a shawl or a pareo with you. You also need comfortable shoes. To be prepared for all cases, you should have a sun hat and sun cream, but also a light raincape. If you are planning to attend a Pope’s Mass or a Papal Audience, you will spend a long time outdoors and a sunshade or rain cover is very helpful. For swimming in the sea, it is still quite cold in June, but you can sunbathe in Ostia and take beach walks.