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Visiting Italy in June – Reasons to Visit and What to Expect

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Visiting Italy in June promises warm sunny days, plenty of beach time, and endless outdoor exploration opportunities. You can take advantage of the longer daylight hours to explore Italy’s outdoor attractions early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler and crowds are thinner.

There’s also the chance to indulge in seasonal delights such as gelato made from freshly harvested fruits and vegetables or al fresco dining experiences overlooking scenic vistas. Whether you’re looking to take a boat ride on an Italian Lake or visit churches and other architectural wonders, Italy has something for everyone in June.

But keep in mind, this is when tourist season starts peaking in major cities. That means beaches and trails might get crowded, and prices tend to go up in popular spots.

However, if you plan and book in advance, June can be one of the best times to visit Italy. In this guide, we’ll cover all the details of Italy’s weather in June, the best regions to see, what to wear, and the festivities this month.

Weather in Italy in June

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Late spring is over, and early June welcomes pleasant weather. While the summer months see average temperatures rise, it is still enjoyable during this time of year. It’s the peak summer season, and with that comes the glorious ambiance that the high season offers.

Italy’s weather conditions vary from north to south. You can expect cooler average temperatures in Northern Italy that range from 55°F to 80°F (13°C to 27°C).

Weather conditions in northern and central Italy are fairly similar, so expect comparable temperatures of 60°F to 80°F (16°C to 27°C) in this region.

Southern Italy experiences a far warmer climate, with the weather often being the most scorching yet ideal for beachgoers. You’ll find the south’s weather to have a low of 70°F (21°C) and a high of 85°F (30°C) on a particularly hot day in June.

Now, let’s look at the June weather in Italy, including the cities and destinations worth visiting.

  • Rome Weather in June: The June weather in Rome has average daytime temperatures that are pleasantly warm and range between highs of 82°F (28°C) to lows of 63°F (17°C). There are usually three days of light rain to be expected in Rome during this month.
  • Florence Weather in June: You can expect the weather in Florence to be humid but cool in June. Still comfortable, the expected temperatures for the city are between 61°F (16°C) and 80°F (27°C). You’ll experience eight days of light rain, but don’t let that deter you from exploring the capital and its remnants of Renaissance magnificence.
  • Venice Weather in June: Weather conditions in Venice in June are comfortable. With moderate humidity, 15-hour-long stretches of daylight, and roughly seven to eight days of rain make for ideal summer days. You’ll find temperatures at an average high of 78°F (26°C) and an average low of 62°F (17°C). There are around nine days of rain for this month.
  • Tuscany Weather in June: Expect the weather in this part of central Italy to be between 61°F (16°C) and 78°F (26°C) and six days of rain. That means plenty of sunshine to explore the Tuscan hills. The weather in Tuscany is enjoyable and warm, especially considering there are only six rainy days in the month.
  • Amalfi Coast Weather in June: The Amalfi Coast is generally warm and sunny in June and not as scorching as July and August can get. The average temperature ranges around 61°F (16°C) to 77°F (25°C). Fifteen hours of daylight is the norm here, and you can expect five days of rain in June.
  • Italian Lakes Weather in June:  When visiting Lake Como or Lake Garda in June, you can expect temperatures for Lake Como to sit between 60°F and 73°F (16°C and 23°C). There are generally 14 days of rainfall in Lake Como during this month. Lake Garda experiences 12 days of rainfall during June. You’ll find temperatures sitting between 61°F and 81°F (16°C and 27°C).
  • Cinque Terre Weather in June: The Cinque Terre or “Five Lands” on the Italian Riviera offers enjoyable lows of 64°F (18°C) and warm highs of 78°F (26°C). There are five rainy days and 10 hours of sunshine this month, giving you plenty of sunny days to meander through one or more villages in this part of northern Italy.
  • Sicily Weather in June: Sicily sits in the Mediterranean Sea and is Italy’s largest island. Its location makes Sicily’s weather and sea temperatures consistently warm enough in June to entice visitors to the beach along the coast. With highs and lows of 74°F (23°C) and 60°F (15°C) for June, you’ll enjoy the perfect sea conditions that sit at 72°F (22°C). There is little rain in Sicily at this time, with only two days of rainfall.

Best Places to Visit in Italy in June

Now that you know what weather conditions to expect for Italy in June, it’s time to look at the best places in Italy to visit during early summer. Whether you’re looking to tour Italy or prefer to stick to one specific region, we’ve narrowed down the top destinations to add to your Italian itinerary.

From the ever-popular Amalfi Coast to the fairytale-like landscape of the Dolomites and everything in between, these areas shine the brightest in June.

Puglia in June

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Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot, is the first destination to consider for your summer vacation. This region has many beautiful places, from its capital, Bari, to Alberorbello, Lecce, and beyond. Puglia, also known as Apulia, features whitewashed hilltop towns, ancient farmlands, and seas of olives all nestled along the Adriatic Sea.

The weather in Puglia is warm and great for visiting beaches and swimming, but this makes Puglia very busy in June. Expect temperatures to range between 63°F and 79°F (17°C and 26°C) in Puglia in June. Sea temperatures sit at a comfortable 73°F (22°C), with four days of rain this month.

Visiting the beaches in Salento should be on your list of things to do in Puglia. Tucked away in Puglia’s southern area, Salento is a treasure trove of stunning coastlines, each boasting its own charm. A few beaches worth visiting include Marina di Pescoluse, Baia dei Turchi, and Grotto della Poesia.

Which Puglia towns should you explore? Alberobello’s UNESCO World Heritage Site is a good choice if you’re interested in seeing the limestone dwellings or trulli there.

Do some sightseeing in the “Florence of the South” Lecce, a Baroque city, or visit Polignano a Mare and its beach — Lama Monachile. Bari’s Old Town should also be on your list if you enjoy seafood, focaccia, and gorgeous Basilicas like Basilica di San Nicola.

READ: Our guide to the Best places to stay in Puglia.

Amalfi Coast in June

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Undeniably one of the most popular spots to visit during summertime, the Amalfi Coast is perfect for long days at the beach and plenty of swimming. This gem of southern Italy is quite busy during June, so keep that in mind when planning your trip.

There are plenty of things to do and places to see to add to your Amalfi Coast itinerary. Aside from lounging on the golden sands of the azure shores across the coast, there are beautiful Amalfi Coast towns you can venture to.

Starting with the stunning Positano, a magically scenic, romantic, and relaxing coastal town perfect for discovering La Dolce Vita (the sweet life). Then there’s Amalfi, with its winding passageways and 10th-century Duomo di Sant’Andrea. You’ll find an abundance of historic, medieval sights in this seaside oasis.

Other options include Ravello, Atrani, and Minori, each with their own appeal. Ravello’s stunning hilltop views are great to take in. Atrani’s pace is slow, and the fishing village atmosphere is charming. And finally, Minori and its famed fresh pasta, lemon, olive groves, and the Villa Romana archaeological site.

Italian Lakes in June

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The glorious Italian lakes of Como and Garda are just as busy as Puglia and the Amalfi Coast for the same reasons: the spectacular warm weather is perfect for swimming at the beach. Lake Como and Garda each offer tranquil scenery, cool crystalline waters, and heaps of activities to indulge in.

Lake Como sits in the foothills of the Alps, and its town, Como, sits at the southwestern tip of the Y-shaped lake. Surrounded by lush forested hills and villages that exude old-world charm, the landscape is, first and foremost, a sensory delight.

Of course, there are also historical and cultural elements, such as the Old Town and Basilica di San Fedele. Follow the winding paths, and you’ll find plenty of shops and eateries lining the streets.

As for Lake Garda, it’s far more laid-back with its majestic mountain backdrop, picturesque towns, and clear waters. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy windsurfing and parasailing here, and history buffs enjoy the castles, ancient Roman ruins, vineyards, and beaches. See Scaliger Castle in Sirmione and the medieval bell tower in Riva del Garda for some cultural exploration.

If you want to visit Lake Como or Garda in June, check out these articles for more in-depth insight.

Liguria, Le Marche and Abruzzo in June

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Other notable coastal areas worth visiting in Italy in June include Liguria, Le Marche, and Abruzzo. Each region offers its unique allure.

Let’s begin with Liguria, which has slightly cooler temperatures ranging between 55°F and 66°F (13°C and 19°C). The region is a tranquil seaside escape home to the Italian Riviera.

This crescent-shaped coastline is dotted with the charming fishing villages of Cinque Terre and the towns of San Remo and Portofino, where you’re bound to have a lovely time.

Then there’s Le Marche, an enchanting region surrounded by limestone cliffs and medieval villages. The area is hot but filled with picturesque piazzas, white sandy beaches, and hilltop towns.

This relatively untouched region bordering Tuscany and Abruzzo along the Adriatic coast sees temperatures reach between 58°F and 77°F (15°C and 25°C).

Finally, Abruzzo is the last coastal region in this section. Abruzzo is a treasure of the Adriatic coast, framed by a rugged landscape, enlivened with castles, Renaissance-style architecture, and filled with beach towns.

Bordered by the Apennine Mountains, the region is lush with greenery thanks to its many national parks like Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo.  Expect temperatures to sit between 63°F (17°C)  and 79°F (26°C).

Dolomites in June

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The Dolomites mountains are part of the Italian Alps, and June is the most picturesque time of year to visit. Its gorgeous alpine flora, pleasant days, and extended daylight hours make it an excellent place for hiking.

The Dolomites are known for their snow-capped peaks, lush meadows, sparkling lakes, hiking trails, fascinating historical landmarks, and spa retreats.

Unlike many other regions in Italy during June, you enjoy fewer crowds if you visit during this month. Another plus is that most of the snow has cleared by then, meaning the summer lifts will be open.

If you’re not keen on a super hot day, you’ll love the climate of this mountainous paradise. In June, this region experiences lows of 45°F (7°C) and highs of 67°F (19°C), which is quite cool.

READ: Our guide to the Best places to stay in the Dolomites.

Festivities and Public Holidays in Italy in June

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Festivities and public holidays begin to ramp up as summer emerges in full swing. While yes, crowds, prices, and queues do increase in June, with proper planning, you can make your trip effortless while enjoying the events on offer this month.

  • June 1–2 — Le Infiorate: The beginning of June marks the first festival of the month: Le Infiorate (flower festival), a giant flower-carpet-making competition. Most notably hosted in Spello, an ancient town near Assisi in Umbria, on the Feast of Corpus Domini. Similar infiorate are common elsewhere in Italy during these dates. You’ll see gorgeous, intricate, vibrant flower carpets made for the affair out of many colorful flowers with religious themes.
  • June 2 —  Anniversary of the Republic: Republic Day, or la festa della Repubblica, is a national holiday celebrating the foundation of Italy’s modern republic. Celebrations happen across the country, but the grandest festivities are in Rome. Expect closures of all kinds as locals celebrate this profound occasion.
  • June 14 —  Kastelruther Spatzen Open Air:  A concert series featuring the hometown Schlager group. The Kastelruther Spatzen is a famous German folk music group that usually holds this annual Alpine event in South Tyrol, Italy. Known for music featuring themes of love, nature, and rural life, the group sees thousands of fans watch and dance to their performance every year.
  • June 16–17 —  The Feast of Saint Ranieri: Held annually in Pisa as a tribute to their patron saint. On the 16th of June or the night of the Luminara, 70,000 wax candles illuminate the Lungari, a scenic point in Pisa. The warm, illuminated facades light up the town. Locals go as far as placing floating candles on the waters of the Arno River. On the 17th of June, the actual feast day commences. Along with it is the main event in which the city’s four quarters challenge each other to a rowing race on the Arno.
  • Mid-June–late July —  Florence Dance Festival: This festival is a celebration of the art of dance through a series of performances, workshops, and cultural exchanges throughout June and July in Florence. The event is also used to relaunch public spaces like the Roman Theater of Fiesole and the Great Cloister of Santa Maria Novella.
  • June 24 —  Feast of Saint John the Baptist: La Festa di San Giovanni is a festive occasion in northwestern Italy in cities like Turin, Genoa, and especially Florence. Italians go all out with their celebrations over the birth of Saint John. Water lanterns decorate the Arno River, and boat races happen. Dancing, medieval tournaments, and fireworks displays occur in the evening in places like Ponte Vittoria Emanuele. Many celebrations are held on nearby weekends, which means some closures as locals enjoy the festivities. Finally, the Calcio Storico, a Renaissance ball game, is played on the Piazza Santa Croce during this occasion.
  • June 28–July 14 —  Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi: The Festival Dei Due Mondi is a summer arts festival where music, opera, visual arts, and performances from the US and across Europe are displayed annually in Spoleto, Italy.
  • June 29 —  Gioco del Ponte: The Gioco del Ponte is a historical re-enactment on the last Saturday of June in Pisa. The key moments include the colorful historical parade along the riverbanks with over 700 costumed figures. And the “battle” for control of the Ponte di Mezzo — the bridge located in the middle of the city center.
  • Late June – early September Outdoor Cinema Season: Summer in Florence becomes so unbearably hot that outdoor cinemas showcasing contemporary films have become an excellent tradition for locals and tourists alike. Watch movies under the stars in some of the city’s most picturesque locations.
  • June 29 — The Feast of St Peter and St Paul: Also known as Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, this Catholic feast honors the martyrdom of the two patron saints. This national holiday is most enthusiastically celebrated in Rome. You’ll see celebrations accompanied by fireworks and flower carpets in Saint Peter’s Square. A three-day festival also takes place in Modica, Sicily.

What to Wear in Italy in June

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Packing the appropriate garb for your trip is essential when visiting Italy. With the summer heat emerging in June, you’ll want to pack the lightest layers possible and be prepared for potential rain and the occasional heatwave. For a more in-depth guide, read my post on how to pack for Italy.

Here’s a list of summer clothes you should add to your packing list when visiting Italy in June:

  • Light layers — The best clothing to pack for an Italian summer is lightweight, layerable clothing. Pack breathable linens, cotton t-shirts, blouses, dresses, shorts, and pants.
  • Sun hat — Protecting the delicate skin on your scalp and face is crucial when it comes to being out and about in the scorching sun. Don’t underestimate how much a sun hat can help against annoying sunburn.
  • SPF sunscreen — Adding onto the importance of sun protection, a high-quality SPF sunscreen will be a lifesaver on the beach and when exploring the outdoors and attractions.
  • Beachwear — It is summer, so if you plan on heading to the beach, pack your bathing suit, a cover-up, flip-flops, a beach towel, and a handy beach bag to ensure you have everything you need for the beach or pool.
  • Light rain jacket, cardigan, or jumper — You may get a bit cold in the evenings, so it’s always ideal to pack a coat or jumper just in case.
  • Comfortable walking shoes — Comfortable walking shoes will be the most essential item on your packing list. Look for a supportive pair of sandals or sneakers with good support. Avoid ballet flats at all costs, as your feet won’t last with all the walking you’ll do.

LISTEN: To our podcast episode dedicated to Packing for Italy.

Is June a Good Time to Visit Italy?

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In short, June is a marvelous time to visit Italy and its beautiful cities. Though it’s the high season and quite busy, it’s for a good reason. June offers ideal weather conditions and plenty of outdoor activities for those who enjoy exploring.

With warm and sunny days, this month lets you get involved in the buzzing Italian culture and soak up all the country’s natural beauty.

June in Italy is ideal for plenty of beach days, hiking up north, sightseeing down south, or simply meandering lazily through the narrow, cobblestoned pathways of the lovely coastal villages and towns.

From Puglia to the Amalfi Coast, Liguria, Le Marche, Abruzzo, the Dolomites, or the iconic Italian Lakes, each destination offers something special for its visitors.

READ: Take some time to figure out how to plan a trip to Italy in June so you can save money and time visiting in the high season.

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