Rome in July: tips for visiting Rome in summer

Rome in July: what to wear, best things to do and main events

Is July a good time to visit Rome?

Picking a destination like Rome has a huge benefit: it’s always a great time to visit Rome, no matter the month. But there are certain times of the year that are better, depending on the type of weather you prefer and the events that are on. If you love summertime, July is one of the best times to visit Rome: the days are long and sunny, the weather is hot, you can go to the beach and you can enjoy the city’s rooftop season. If you’re traveling to Rome in July, keep reading!

The weather in Rome in July

Summer in Rome is very hot! So you shouldn’t be surprised by very hot and humid weather of July. Just make sure you stay hydrated, that you wear a hat if you spend lots of hours under the sun, and that you put on sunscreen! During the day average temperatures hit 30°C to 32°C while in the evening they cool down to below 26°C. If you’re looking for sunny sunny and hot weather, July is a great time of the year to visit Rome.

We recommend you visit the outdoor sites in the morning, keep the indoor sites with air conditioning for the afternoon and stop at your accommodation for a break after lunch so you don’t spend the hot hours under the sun.

What to wear in July in Rome?

Temperatures in July are hot during the day and night:

  1. You’ll definitely want to pack a pair of comfortable shoes (remember, Rome is filled with cobblestones). If you’re planning on going around with sandals during the day, make sure they are very comfortable. Trust us.
  2. It’s only natural that you wear shorts in July, just please bear in mind that if you’re planning on visiting religious sites, you won’t be allowed access with shorts. Also, you won’t see many Romans wearing them.
  3. T-shirts are a must to pack, they are both light and cover your shoulders at the same time, allowing you to access any site.
  4. Don’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen!
  5. A light cardigan or blazer for the evening is perfect, in case it ever gets chilly (it probably won’t).
  6. Long pants or skirts for the evening
  7. A bathing suit in case you want to go to a swimming pool in Rome.
  8. If you’re going to be spending many hours under the sun, definitely don’t forget a hat!

Dress code in Rome

Now that we’ve covered the weather and what to pack for Rome, let me in you on the dress code in Rome! As mentioned above, if you’re visiting religious sites like the Vatican, you need to cover your knees and shoulders. For outings, locals have a smart-casual or smart-elegant dress code. Most restaurants, unless they are very elegant, don’t require jackets for men, but we encourage you to dress nicely, either with a shirt or a polo for men, and a dress or pants and a nice top for women.

Please not that if you are going clubbing, depending on to the club there will be a dress code that’s required. For more stylish clubs, men – make sure you have a shirt, dark pants (not jeans) and nice shoes.

What events are on in Rome in July?

July in Rome is filled with events. Here are some of the best summer events in Rome that continue through July:

  1. For some outdoor fun, don’t miss out on the Lungo il Tevere festival on the banks of the Tiber river. You can enjoy live entertainment ranging from live music and cultural performances as well as outdoor restaurants and bars.
  2. The outdoor Festival di Caracalla, which sees Teatro dell’Opera’s opera and ballet performances, as well as concerts performed at the open-air Baths of Caracalla.
  3. If you want to catch a movie under the stars, check out one of Rome’s open air movie nights! Some piazzas and locations in Rome set up giant outdoor movie screens to watch the latest movies!
  4. Experience some summer fun with Rooftop Life, they organize weekly aperitivos in some of Rome’s best rooftop bars. It’s a great opportunity to have fun, meet new people and network.
  5. Music lovers, July is a great month for all the summer festivals in Rome! From rock music to hip hop and electronic, get ready for some spectacular concerts in wonderful locations.
  6. If you’re into jazz music, don’t miss out on the splendid Village Celimontana Jazz Festival.
  7. The Viaggio nei Fori continues, it’s a virtual tour created by Piero Angela and Paco Langiano where visitors will have the chance to see two exciting portrayals of life in Ancient Rome, reconstructed within the Imperial Fora using light, images, film and animation. A fantastic experience.
  8. The best live music concerts in Rome in July.
  9. July has some great exhibitions in store, too.

The best things to do in Rome in July

In addition to going on guided tours of the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum (make sure you have a skip-the-line ticket to avoid massive lines under the sun) and throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain, there are plenty of other fun things to do in Rome in July:

  1. Go on a day trip to Rome’s nearby towns
  2. Escape the heat by spending the day at one of Rome’s parks and gardens
  3. Have a night out at one of best summer bars and clubs in Rome
  4. Go to one of the beaches near Rome
  5. Go rafting along the Tiber River
  6. Experience a Kayak tour at Castelli Romani
  7. Go bike riding along the Ancient Appian Way
  8. Go on a Vespa tour of Rome
  9. Explore street art on a Vespa Tour
  10. Explore the Ostia Antica Archeological Park
  11. Go on a walking tour of Testaccio
  12. Learn to make pizza near Piazza Navona
  13. Explore Trastevere or Villa Borghese with a treasure hunt
  14. Learn to make gelato in an authentic gelateria
  15. Learn to make pasta near the Trevi Fountain
  16. Indulge in a wine tasting experience in a cozy wine bar near Campo de’ Fiori
  17. Visit the Vatican Museums at night time!
  18. Go on a day trip to Ponza Island

Emergencies in Rome + Essential Info

In case anything were to happen during your stay in Rome, here are some useful contacts:

  • Doctors: in case you were to get sick in Rome, MedinAction is an on-demand house call medical service for travelers, expatriates, and students abroad. MedinAction delivers qualified English-speaking doctors in Rome and other cities in Italy (Milan, Bologna, Florence, Venice) to a patient’s doorstep, 24/7.
  • Carabinieri: 112
  • Police: 113
  • Fire Brigade: 115
  • First Aid Ambulance: 118
  • Police Headquarters: 06.4686
  • 24h Pharmacies: 06.228941
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