June marks the beginning of what technically is summer in Italy. However, if you have been following the story closely you will know that the high season for tourists is in full swing at this point. It’s so consistent that the weather in May is excellent that it’s now in the high-season, which means that June is the peak of the high season.
What does this mean? This means that prices and crowds will reach their highest levels ever this year. While the weather is expected to heat up as the summer progresses, June temperatures in Italy will be very warm.
Here’s everything you need to know about the weather and holidays in Italy if you plan to travel to it in June.
Weather in Italy, June
As we mentioned, the temperatures of May were warm enough in recent years that it often feels as if summer is well underway by June. These average June temperatures are the most recent, but it has gotten hotter over the past decade. You should also follow my advice about checking the latest forecasts before you leave your home.
It’s hot in many parts of Italy, and it can get humid. Even if you don’t have a problem with heat, it is a smart idea to ensure your hotel has AC. Also, you should always carry a water bottle for sightseeing. A cool drink can reduce the heat effects.
The average temperatures for different regions of Italy in June are:
- Northern Italy: 55-80degF (13 to 27degC).
- Central Italy: 60-80degF (16-27degC)
- Southern Italy: 70-85degF (21-30degC).
As always, make sure to check the extended forecast for the place you are actually going before you leave. This will allow you to know in advance if it is unseasonably warm or cold.
Continue reading on my Italy weather page
Italy’s June Festivals and Holidays
The Festa della Repubblica, which takes place on June 2, is the biggest holiday in June. This holiday, which is a national holiday, celebrates the founding Italy as a united republic. There are usually large parades and fireworks displays throughout the country. Some attractions might be closed due to the holiday. Transport will operate on a reduced schedule because of this.
Verona’s annual summer operetta festival, as well as patron saint feast days in Rome and Turin, are some other events that occur in June. Spoleto’s Festival of Two Worlds is often held in June. Florence’s medieval Calcio Storico, (Historic Soccer), match also takes place in June. Many other local festivals have roving dates during summer – sometimes they are in June, but sometimes not. It’s a good idea for tourists to visit the tourist information office in each town when they arrive to see if there’s anything on the calendar.
To get started with your June event research, browse my list of festivals and holidays in Italy.
Why travel to Italy in June when it is so beautiful?
June is a great month for Italy. It’s sunny and perfect for hiking through the Tuscan hills or beach visits. However, not everyone likes the larger crowds and long lines to enter main attractions. You should be ready for crowds when you visit Italy in June.
You will spend more if you go to Italy in June than if it was winter or spring. So be ready for that. Prices rise due to high demand. Everything from hotel rooms and airfares to tours to flights are more expensive during peak tourist season. If you don’t avoid the major tourist destinations, budget travelers won’t have an easy time making your euro go further in June and the rest of the high-season.
August is the traditional holiday month in Italy. This month sees almost the entire country, and most of Europe, go on vacation. However, that doesn’t mean there are no beaches in June. It’s a tough competition for beach space and rooms in hotels, as well as weekend visitors from Italy. So make sure to book your lodging in advance.
It doesn’t matter if your budget is not your main limiting factor. If you are able to tolerate crowds and thrive in warm climates then you can enjoy June in Italy. To avoid long lines, I recommend booking hotel rooms and tickets to places like the Uffizi Gallery or Vatican Museums well in advance. And don’t forget your sunscreen.