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What to know if you're travelling to Italy in June

If you’re planning on travelling to Italy in June then you’re in for a treat. Think dreamy sun-soaked lunches, daily scoops of gelato and relaxed sunset walks. 

Late spring in Italy is a magical time to visit. The weather should be warm but not scorching hot, the crowds thinner than during the peak of summer, and you’ll be able to dine outdoors on gorgeous seasonal produce.

From the north to the south, June is one of the best months to travel the country and explore Italy’s rich architecture, Renaissance art and ancient Roman history. Here’s what you need to know about travelling to Italy in June.

Weather in Italy in June

Across the month the temperatures gradually rise, with the June solstice marking the first day of summer around the 21st.  Expect warm, pleasant days perfect for sightseeing and, towards the end of the month, beach weather will certainly kick in. As for rain? You’d be unlucky to have more than a few days. 

Italy is a big country with the north of the country bordering Switzerland with the Italian Alps, and the south closer to Africa with the island of Sicily. In Milan and Venice expect highs around 27°C (81°F) and lows of 15°C (55°F).  Rome and Florence are slightly hotter during the day, while in Sicily and the Amalfi Coast you can expect warmer highs up to 30°C (85°F) and evening lows around 21°C (70°F).

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What to pack for spring in Italy

If you join one of our Italy tours in June, pack summer clothes and sandals for warm days of at least 25°C (77°F). In some destinations once the sun disappears the evening air will be cool, so it’s wise to carry a jacket or layers to take you from day to night.

To enter churches you will need to cover your shoulders, so if you are wearing a singlet or strappy dress it’s a good idea to carry a light scarf or cardigan to cover up. 

Expect sunny days and little rain, so add sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses to your list. Italy in late June is prime for beach days, so pack swimwear and a towel too.

Italians love to dress up, especially in the big cities, so bring a chic outfit or two to switch from tourist-mode into sophisticated Italian evenings.

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Where to visit in Italy in June

If you plan on travelling to Italy this spring you’ll need to choose where to go. There are so many spectacular destinations and cities waiting to be explored, which you can do on our many Italy Trafalgar tours. Here’s what these destinations are like in June.

Rome in June

While July and August can be too hot and busy in the ancient capital, June is the perfect time to wander about in summer clothes enjoying its many outdoor sights. Explore the Colosseum and the Forum, and enjoy scoops of gelato and people watching in piazzas. June 29 is a holiday in Rome to celebrate the city’s patron saints: St Peter and St Paul.

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Florence and Tuscany in June

At this time of year Tuscany’s rolling hills are still green and the weather is mild. It’s the perfect time to wander Florence, an open-air museum of a city, or take in country scenes hopping between mediaeval Tuscan villages like Siena and San Gimignano. 

Cinque Terre in June

Magical Cinque Terre is a gorgeous place to visit in June, particularly if you like hiking. Those jaw-dropping trails above the towns are usually open throughout the month, giving you the chance to walk off all that pizza and pasta without getting heat stroke during peak summer weather.

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Italian Lakes in June

In the north of Italy, the Italian Lakes are calling you for a visit with sunshine and gorgeous days perfect for strolls by the water, sunbaking and jetting across on a boat. If you dream of visiting Lake Como or Lake Garda, travelling to Italy in spring is the perfect time.

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Venice in June

A city built around the water might sound like the place to be at the peak of summer, but Venice can get very, very hot – which is why you should visit in June. Explore the famous Piazza San Marco and the Doge’s Palace, wander over the Rialto Bridge, enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal and take day trips out to the Venetian Lagoon islands of Murano and Burano.

Amalfi Coast in June

As you can imagine, the postcard-perfect Amalfi Coast gets quite busy in the peak of summer. Beat the crowds with a visit to Italy in June and enjoy warm spring weather, fresh seafood and gorgeous scenery.

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Sicily in June

If Italy is a boot, Sicily is a soccer ball – this island located just off the toe of Italy is perfect in June before those scorching summer days descend. The biggest island in the Mediterranean, this southern Italian destination is rich with history, culture and active volcanos. Visit Mt Etna, enjoy beach days and fresh seafood.

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Big events in June in Italy

Republic Day

June 2 is a big day in Italy – it’s Festa della Repubblica (Republic day). One of the biggest national festivals, so expect fireworks and parades throughout the country, plus busier roads and crowds at attractions and beaches.

June Solstice 

Spring turns to summer in late June, usually around the 21st day of the month. Some cities – like Florence – host festivities to mark the change of season.

Feast of St. John 

The cities of Turin, Florence and Genoa celebrate John the Baptist on June 24 each year. Often the religious festivities include a parade through the historic centre and fireworks.

Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

June 29 is a big day in Rome. The city celebrates its two patron saints – St Peter and St Paul – with celebrations, a public holiday and a feast.

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Are you planning on travelling to Italy in June? Leave us a comment and let us know why you think it’s the best spring month for Italy travel…

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