Blue skies and plenty of sun, that’s Rome in July. Concerts, long summer evenings and numerous events make July in Rome particularly lively and lovable.
What’s on in Rome in July?
Rome offers an extensive summer program, the “Estate Romana”. There are concerts at the Festival Rock in Rome, at the Parco della Musica and at the Casa del Jazz. Roman opera performs at the Baths of Caracalla or at the Circus Maximus. Restaurants set up their stalls on the banks of the Tiber River near Tiber Island. In many places in the city there are outdoor film screenings, most of them free.
Sometimes one would wish for a cloud in the sky. You need a sun hat or a parasol. If it gets too hot for you, just go into a church, a museum, a bar, a shop, or go to the seaside.
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July in Rome
July is the school vacation time in Rome and many families are on summer vacation. There is therefore less of the notorious Roman traffic.
An inviting breeze blows into the city from the sea. Enjoy the approaching summer in one of the Roman villas and visit a lookout point. A trip to the sea with a visit to the excavations in Ostia Antica is nice. It is also very pleasant in Villa D’Este in Tivoli. If you want to visit Villa Adriana, take a parasol with you.
How warm it is
In July, the maximum temperatures in Rome are regularly above 30° C / 86° F and the minimum temperatures are rarely below 20° C / 68° F. Rain is rare. Grasses and meadows turn brown.
You definitely need sun protection. Bring sunscreen, a hat or a parasol with you. You will also need comfortable shoes.
Climate data July
|Sunshine hours Ø||11.2|
|Days with rain Ø||2|
When visiting sacred sites, including the catacombs and the Vatican Museums, your shoulders and knees must be covered, even on hot days in summer. If you are going strapless, take a shawl or pareo with you.
For more tips, see Heat in Rome.
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In the center of Rome, between the Vatican and Piazza Navona, a 30-minute multidimensional film show and an exhibition with interactive models await you.
Keeping your distance is a necessary precaution. Avoid the queues and make a daily schedule. In our category 3 days in Rome you will find suggestions that you can combine with each other.
Organize the journey from the airport to the hotel in advance and read our information about the metro and how you can get tickets quickly and easily.
Many museums can only be visited by reservation. These include the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, the Borghese Gallery and the museums of the Municipality of Rome. You can find information about the museums on our pages
St. Peter’s Basilica
Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free. However, the queues can be quite long if there are many visitors.
There is a very simple trick to avoid the queue: you book an audio guide or a guided tour in advance and you will be admitted through a special entrance without waiting. For more information read our pages on St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square and the history of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Opening hours Rome July
St. Peter’s Basilica
Basilica 7 am – 7 pm – Dome 8 am – 6 pm – Treasure 9 am – 6:15 pm
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City museums and national museums
In Rome, some of the museums belong to the municipality and some to the state.
The city’s museums include the Capitoline Museums, Trajan’s Markets, Imperial Forums and numerous other museums. National museums include the Colosseum, Castel Sant’Angelo, Borghese Gallery and many more. For the full list of museums, opening times and tickets, see our Rome Museums page.
Cinecittà si mostra Visit the dream factory of Roman cinema, Metro A Station Cinecittà Tickets
Stadium of the Domitian The stadium under Piazza Navona
Via di Tor Sanguigna 3 Tickets
Galleria Colonna – one of the largest ancient private palaces in Rome. The most beautiful rooms of the palace and the art collection of the family with artists from the 15th and 16th centuries such as Pinturicchio, Cosmè Tura, Carracci, Guido Reni, Tintoretto, Salvator Rosa, Bronzino, Guercino, Veronese, Vanvitelli
Via della Pilotta 17 (near Piazza Venezia) Bus 51, 60, 63, 80, 83, 85, 160, 170, H, n5, n8, n11, n90, n543, n716 (Piazza Venezia) Tickets
Capuchin Crypt – Museum and Crypt of the Capuchins
Via Vittorio Veneto 27 Bus 52, 53, 61, 63, 80, 83, 160, n90, nMA (Barberini) Tickets
Leonardo da Vinci Experience – near St. Peter’s Square
The animated cloister – space is just noise
With The Animated Cloister – space is just noise, the intention is to recreate a series of immersive audio experiences, true listening pauses, ecstatic and meditative moments capable of swaying the visitor to a state of transcendental stillness capable of transcending all forms of collective temporality. The collision of the four artists involved shapes the project by harmonizing a chorus of voices that shape a shifting fluid entity that cannot be compressed.
INTERESTING YEARS. Moments of Italian Life 1960 – 1975
Through a careful selection of photographs and visual documents from the Istituto Luce, the Anni interessanti exhibition is an eye-opening, intense and revealing journey through a period of national history, from 1960 to 1975, that indelibly marked the country’s face and identity.
Exhibition “Who’s on stage! One Hundred Years of Performances in Ancient Ostia (1922 – 2022).”
The exhibition traces the most important moments of historical performances. A montage of period photographs and films shows excavations and elements of Ostia’s archaeological landscape in different eras.
The Colors of Antiquity. Santarelli Marbles at the Capitoline Museums
In two rooms of Palazzo Clementino at the Capitoline Museums, there is on display a broad overview of the use of colored marbles, from their origins to the 20th century, through a fine selection of pieces from the Santarelli Foundation.
Papal audiences in July
There are no papal audiences in July.
There are no public papal masses in July.
The Pope’s Angelus prayer takes place at noon on July 10, 17 and 31 in St. Peter’s Square.
Piccolo America · Open air cinema
June 3 – July 31 Outdoor cinema as part of the Roman Summer
Free entry without reservation
Rome has a lively music scene. Many pubs and music venues offer live music, especially on weekends. Classical music can be found in many churches and palaces.
With the summer heat, many concerts are relocated to the open air, such as the Caracalla thermal baths or the Circus Maximus. The Rock in Roma festival moves to the racecourse and the Roman theater in Ostia Antica.
Roman nights – Concerti del Tempietto
18:30 – 19:30 Rehearsal
19:45 Guided tour of the Teatro di Marcello, 20:30 Concert
Rome’s Music Park
A jewel is the Parco della Musica, built by the internationally known architect Renzo Piano, in northern Rome on Via Flaminia. See all events here. Events and tickets
Summer Festival of Music in the Auditorium Tickets
There are several auditoriums and an open-air stage in the Parco della Musica. There are performances in all styles.
Some events are also organized together with the Casa del Jazz. Events and Tickets Casa del JazzBus 160, 671, 714, 792
The thermal baths of Caracalla
The thermal baths of Caracalla offer a very nice atmosphere. There are concerts and operas. Events and Tickets Baths of CaracallaBus 118, 628, 671, 714, 792
As in the previous year, events are held at Circo Massimo. Events and tickets Circo Massimo
The Roman Theater of Ostia Antica
Another spectacular venue is the Roman theater in the excavations of Ostia Antica. The theater was built in the time of Augustus with 3,000 seats and was expanded to 4,000 seats in the 2nd century.
Excursions in the area
Rome has beautiful surroundings. Romans mainly use the weekends for trips to the sea or the mountains. Therefore, you better set out during the week, when there is less going on.
You can reach many destinations by public transport. Of course, it is more convenient to rent a car.
Trips to the sea
Ladispoli, Santa Severa and Santa Marinella are very nice seaside resorts in the north of Rome. To do this, take the FL5 train line, which runs from Ostiense, Trastevere and San Pietro stations to Civitavecchia. A 3-zone ticket is sufficient for Ladispoli, and 4 zones for the locations of the two saints.
It is very easy to get to Ostia Lido. A ticket for city traffic is sufficient for the journey and on the way you can visit the excavations of the old port city of Ostia Antica.
Formia is very beautiful in the south of Rome. The journey from Roma Termini takes around 90 minutes.
Trips to the mountains
The most famous summer residence of the Romans in Castel Gandolfo. Here the popes spent the summer at around 400 m. Pope Francis, on the other hand, remains in Rome and the palace and gardens in Castel Gandolfo can be visited.
You can get to Castel Gandolfo by train from Roma Termini or from Ciampino with a 3-zone ticket. The train station is on the volcanic hill between Lake Albano and the village.
With the high-speed trains that are punctual to the minute, Florence and Naples are only around 1 ½ hours away. With our tips you can put together your own day tour or book an organized tour. Take a day to stroll around Florence and see the world famous Uffizi Gallery. Or visit the excavations in Pompeii and see Vesuvius, which is still active today and buried the city under its ashes.
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