Italy in June

June in Italy is the peak of the tourist season, when crowd numbers and prices are at their highest point. The temperature will climb later in the summer, but throughout Italy it’s plenty warm already in June.

Weather in June in Italy

Although the weather in May in recent years has felt like summer, the high summer season doesn’t technically start until June – and the word “high” applies to the temperature in June, too.

No matter what time of year you’re talking about, the mercury typically rises as you head south in Italy. In June, that means that if it’s hot in northern Italy then it’s even hotter in the south. June isn’t quite the time when Italians with the means to do so abandon the cities for the cooler mountains or beaches, but it’s definitely common for locals to take off for weekends in the countryside more often starting in June.

If you hadn’t already been taking advantage of the beach-friendly weather of May, then you will be in June. This is when beach resorts up and down both coasts (and around all of Italy’s major islands) start to get crowded with Italians and foreigners alike.

It’s worth noting that in many cases, humidity comes along with the higher temperatures throughout Italy. High humidity can make an otherwise-reasonable 85°F feel more uncomfortable, especially when you’re spending a lot of time outdoors. Even if you don’t think you’re susceptible to problems with hot weather, you may want to confirm that your hotel has air conditioning just in case.

Temperatures in June vary depending on where you are in Italy, but as a general rule of thumb these are the ranges:

  • Northern Italy: 55-80°F (13-27°C)
  • Central Italy: 60-80°F (16-27°C)
  • Southern Italy: 70-85°F (21-30°C)

>> Be sure to check a current weather forecast for Italy before you leave home, as the weather can change. Check my information about Italian weather for seasonal temperature and rainfall averages in a few Italian cities.

Holidays in June in Italy

The main holiday that takes place in June in Italy is Republic Day, or Festa della Repubblica on June 2nd. It’s a national holiday throughout the country, honoring the founding of the republic of Italy, and is usually marked by parades and fireworks (especially in bigger cities). Many things will be closed on June 2nd, even including major attractions.

June marks the beginning of the summer-long opera festival that takes place in the Roman amphitheatre in Verona, which can be a treat even if you’re not a huge fan of opera. There are also other festivals and celebrations that occur in June throughout Italy, so it’s always worth checking the calendar of events for any town or city that you’ll be visiting during your trip. Pay special attention to any saint’s days – every place has a patron saint, and when that saint has his or her feast day it’s a very important (albeit localized) holiday.

>> Check my list of holidays in Italy to find out some of the things going on this June in Italy.

Why go to Italy in June?

The crowds that fill Italy’s most popular cities (and many more besides) are enough to keep some travelers away in June, and it’s easy to understand why.

The influx of visitors means higher prices on everything – including airfare to Italy, hotels in Italy, Italy tours – even the cheap hostels in Italy don’t seem so cheap come summer. Not only that, it’s the sheer number of people trying to get in to see the same attractions that causes those notoriously long lines outside things like the Vatican Museum or the Uffizi.

Still, there’s a reason why so many people visit Italy in June, and it’s also easy to figure out – the weather is often outstanding. There’s nothing like seeing Tuscany’s rolling hills, still green from spring rains, glowing on a summer afternoon – or the way the white marble Duomo in Milan seems to be lit from within on a bright day. And if beaches are your thing, it’s tough to beat spending a holiday on an Italian beach in June.

Budget travelers will have trouble making their money last on a June trip to Italy – but if budget isn’t your primary concern (and especially if summer is the only time you can get the whole family together for an Italy trip), then there are plenty of things to love about traveling to Italy in June. Just remember that higher demand means you’ve got to be a smarter traveler – do your homework in advance so as not to pay a fortune for your vacation or miss out on hotels in the prime locations.

photo by Elliott P.

21 thoughts on “Italy in June

  • Dennis Czigler

    It is true that Italy can be very overcrowded but it is because everyone wants to see what is, in my opinion, the most romantic and atmospheric country in the world.
    Last year I visited Lake Como and Lake Garda and various cities in the region and found that it was not that busy. The weather was nice and you weren’t bothered by the hordes of tourists you would normally see in Italy.

  • Natalia

    I am going to stay in Bologna for 3 days in June( as a base for side trips). What would you recommend to do in Bologna and for the day trips? I am not planning to go to Florence and Pisa, I’ve been there not too long ago. After Bologna I am going to Venice, anything worth visiting for few hrs on a way there?


  • Jessica Post author

    Hi, Natalia:

    Bologna is a great city – bustling enough because of the big university there, but not very touristy at all. There are several beautiful churches worth visiting right in the historic center, and of course the famous pair of leaning towers (I believe you can climb up into at least one of them, but I’m not good with heights so I didn’t do that myself). The food in the city is incredible, so eat as much as possible – and local fare, too: piadina “sandwiches,” tortellini in brodo, pastas in general, etc.

    Day trips from Bologna – Modena is nice if you’re a foodie (since that’s where true balsamic vinegar comes from, and you can visit a vinegar producer there if you like). Parma is also a university city and the historic center is gorgeous (more beautiful churches there to visit). I know you said you’re not interested in going to Florence, but with the new high-speed rail line connecting Bologna and Florence in under 40 minutes you could even do a day trip to a destination in Tuscany that’s a bit further away if you wanted to, taking the train to Florence first.

    I’d also suggest Ravenna as a possible day trip, but if you’re looking for a 2-3 hour stop en route from Bologna to Venice then Ravenna is perfect for that. You only need a few hours to visit the few spectacularly gorgeous churches there – pay special attention to the mosaics, because they’re reportedly the best Byzantine mosaics outside what used to be Byzantium, and you’ll see more beautiful mosaics in Venice – and then you can continue on to Venice.

    Have a great trip!

  • Jennifer

    Hi Jessica,
    My boyfriend and I will be in Rome for 3 days, the Amalfi coast (Praiano) for 10 days, and a day in Naples. You have such a great knowlege of this beautiful country, what can you suggest we do? (And what should we pack?!)
    Thank you in advance!

  • Jessica Post author

    Hi, Jennifer:

    On this post, just pick the first 3 days of my suggested 5-day itinerary in Rome:

    Or read my top 10 things to do in Rome:

    Here’s my top 10 things to do in Naples:

    And here’s a first-time visitor’s guide to Italy which should help answer many of your questions – including some tips on what to pack:

    Hope that helps,

  • jim

    We will be in Sardinia (Lu Bagnu/Castelsardo area) from end of May for about 8 /9 days. Are there any festivities recommended for this area at this time, and can we expect reasonable weather? What are the sites to see and things to do?

  • Allison

    We are traveling to Italy in June for two weeks. 4 days in Rome and a week traveling around Florence, and the Tuscany area. What are your top 5 picks of things to do in the Tuscany region. We are traveling with kids ages 11-19. Looking for something fun and out of the ordinary as well as the traditional sites. Also, what is the “fashion” for these areas. We have a couple of teenage girls and of course they want to dress the “italian” way. Thanks so much for your help.

    • Jessica Post author

      Here’s my Tuscany guide, which may help you narrow down your to-do list in the area:

      Of course, there’s much more to the region than I could cover on that page – especially the more out-of-the-way sights. There are a couple of podcasts linked near the end of that article that may give you more ideas of some less-common Tuscany attractions.

      As for fashion, here’s my “what to pack” guide:

      I’d also say this is a great excuse for the girls to leave a little room in their suitcases and plan to do some shopping while in Italy. That gives them a chance to see what color everyone’s wearing right at that very moment (believe me, whatever the “it” color is won’t be hard to spot, either on all the Italians or in shop windows) and buy something in that color to wear during the trip and then back home as well.

  • Mark S

    A way to solve the overcrowded problem a little bit is to get there first. If you are like many people and sleep in you will be stuck in the crowd. By getting to the sites you want to see early there won’t be as many people to deal with. Of course this won’t last all day just for the first site your seeing. It is hot in June so buy a water container that you can hook to your belt or carry over your shoulder. There are many water fountains around Rome, not as many in other cities but if you want to buy water find a food store to get it from because the street vendors sell 20 oz bottles of water for about 3 euros and on a hot day you could spend as much on water as you would on a nice dinner if you buy from the street vendors.

  • d.bowen

    Nothing running in Sardinia before June 11th. Ruined our holiday( arrived 4th.June for 1 week !)

  • Marilyn

    Hi Jessica,

    I am planning a trip to Italy next June with my husband and my two granddaughters for two weeks. I have been looking everywhere for student pricing for entry into the museums. It has been a long time since I was there, but it seems like there were discounted fees for students, or children under 12. Any advise?


    • Jessica Post author

      This information is going to be on a museum-by-museum (or attraction-by-attraction) basis. Yes, there’s typically a reduced fare available for students under age 26 (with a valid student ID), and sometimes for children under a certain age (that age varies), but you’d need to look at the ticket information for the museums/attractions you want to visit to find out what it is specifically in each case. For instance, if you look at the visitor information for the Vatican Museums, you’ll see there’s a reduced admission fee for students under 26 and children under age 14:

      If you don’t want to look up every single museum/attraction, I’d say just make sure your grand-daughters have valid student IDs (if they’re old enough) or IDs showing their age.

  • Aury

    We are thinking of staying North of Milan for 4 months, June to October. We have been told that it rains all the time in this area. Is it true? Can anybody tell us how to reserve tickets for the June Opera in Verona?

    Thank you so much.

  • Shilp Singh

    hi Jessica,

    It was great bumping into your site while googling around for travel in Italy. Your views and opinions are spot on.
    it would be our first time in Italy this coming June. Me and my wife are planning for a 10 day trip and want to include the following —arrive in Milan (from Swiss, via train), Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Amalfi coast, Pompeii, Rome (flying out of Rome)….
    Would need your expert help in sorting our itinerary, know the time frame doesnt allow much room to move but want to make the most of it while we are there…..

  • michael kilcup

    hi jessica,
    I want to take my wife to Italy in July 2012 for our 20th wedding anniversary, Tuscany area. What would you recommend of places to stay and eat and see. I would like a two week stay. Thank you for your suggestions.

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