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What to Wear in Rome, Italy, in June

Penelope is retired, but teaches English in Rome. She is a published feature writer, playwright and poet. She loves local Italian customs.

What is the Weather like in Rome in June?

The sun's rays are their hottest in June in Rome and Southern Italy and burn the most.

The mornings begin warm. Having your first cappuccino, you'll be happy dressed in the lightest clothes, or short sleeves—appearing casual and attractive alongside great-looking Italians.

By noon the sun is burning hot (average heat 80°F) and it stays hot during the long afternoon, so it's best to dress very lightly and not be carrying garments around with you.

It cools a little in the late afternoon and evening (60°F).

The chances of rain are slight, but it can occasionally rain.

Here's what to wear in Rome (and Southern Italy) in June to feel in place wherever you find yourselves:

  • during the day or night
  • for museum and church visits
  • during the evening—casual and special
  • for the beach or pool
  • for traveling on public transport

What to Wear During the Day in Summer

Starting from your head and moving down, you need:

  • a hat, or visor
  • sunglasses
  • sun protection creams
  • very lightweight clothes* (see further down)
  • comfortable sandals or brogues
  • a 'waist purse' or 'fanny pack' (called Marsupio in Italian)—men/women
  • or lightweight hand bag or 'purse'

What Summer Clothes to Wear Daytime

Romans are fashion conscious. If you want to dress as they do, then you could shop in the open markets or at hawker's stands round the city. These stands sell the latest styles, right to the latest fashion minute, and they sell them cheaply. Or you could 'go shopping' in lovely designer clothes stores round the town (they cost lots more!). It isn't news to anyone to point out the obvious—fashion trends change each season and each year just a little! In Rome, they make a point of being up to that very minute.

The kinds of clothes that are perfect in Rome in the June and through summer would be either tee shirts or linen shirts or cotton shorts and lightweight pants if you're a male or a sporty person. Women and children would be happy in flimsy dresses or skirts and lightweight tops, the lighter the better.

If you plan to be out and about, here's what's not that good to wear:

  • jeans that are very heavy cotton
  • tailored lined jackets
  • socks and stockings
  • nylon clothes (they don't breathe)
  • long-sleeved items
  • flip flops. (You can wear them, of course, but Italians don't wear them in the city!)

What's good to wear:

  • very lightweight dresses or skirts
  • lightweight short-sleeved/sleeveless linen clothes
  • lightweight shorts and blouses/shirts/tee shirts
  • sandals

Smart Casual Clothes for Visiting Churches and Museums

There are 'attire' requirements for visiting churches and the Vatican.

  • cover your shoulders
  • in the Vatican, you have to cover your arms too (or they give you a poncho)
  • your shorts must cover your knees
  • don't wear transparent flimsy items
  • no bare feet
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What to wear visiting museums:

  • Extremely comfortable shoes or sandals; there are often miles to walk
  • Light blazer or linen jacket
  • A skirt to the knee, or pants to the ground if you're a man
  • Light jewelry, as opposed to lots of heavy jewelry, because some museums have metal detectors. A little necklace is fine.
  • Waist bag (fanny pack) which zips closed, to keep your hands free

You could probably get away with wearing light summer clothes and shorts and tank tops if you're young, or a student, but it's a bit frowned upon. Perhaps if you have a light shawl in your purse, you would feel more comfortable.

What to Wear in the Evening in Rome

It doesn't get cold so you certainly won't need any sweaters. You can wear pretty summer clothes of all types and colors. People in Rome have great suntans in the summer, which they show off in pastel colors, men too.

I'd suggest if you're a female you bring a light shawl or lightweight jacket with you to the restaurants and piazzas. If you're a man, wear a light jacket, or light cotton sweater, because Italians dress up and make up a little to go out. Besides, round about 10, the evening has cooled slightly and you'll enjoy your Negroni cocktails more in Trastevere, or Campo di Fiori or Piazza Navona, with something draped round your shoulder.

A little jewelry is attractive; white linen and flowery clothes are so pretty on women. Men in linen look great. People don't dress up in evening gowns, but they do enjoy looking sexy and attractive in clothes that fit well and show off the best of their figures and charms.

Shorts that are too short are frowned on in restaurants in the summer, except at the beaches (coming next). There's a summer fashion for the city which is slightly more dressy than it is along the coastal villages and beach towns and resorts. Men don't go around without shirts in town, ever, for instance.

Rome has nearby beaches and quite a few hotels with beautiful pools where the Italians let it all hang out big time.

Going to the Beach or Pool in Rome

Fregene and Ostia are nearby beaches and they're just great for wearing almost nothing at all. Italians wear scanty swim wear. They nonchalantly throw pretty cotton beach dresses over it when they go to the restaurants or bars along the beaches.

You can buy a cotton beach dress on the beach from the hawkers that pass every five minutes with racks of amazing summer dresses!

Men just need a tee shirt over beach shorts when they go to the bar or restaurant.

I'd head straight to the beach on my first day, not just for the sun, the fantastic spaghetti with mussels, the blue sea, but also for the hawkers clothes— and the atmosphere. Most of Rome tips out to the beach at the weekend and during their lunch breaks. It's an amazing place to feel Roman buzz. You can get to either beach by public transport.

What to Wear on Public Transport in Rome

The only thing you need to wear is a 'waist pouch' or marsupio. There are thieves operating on public transport—sometimes in twos. If your possessions are zipped inside a bag that's tied to your person, you will be all right

Tank tops are OK on the beach, but not really acceptable in the cities unless you're a teenager or a child, or a beautiful young woman. Put it this way: you won't see an Italian in a tank top anywhere but on the beach.

On longer journeys, bring a lightweight jacket for when the air conditioning goes on.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Hats? on October 12, 2019:

Is it acceptable for ladies to wear hats during the day and in the evening?

Kiele on May 19, 2017:

Thank you for all the info, extremely helpful.

Youna770 on May 05, 2017:

Heading to Rome this June. This article posted few years ago but seems very helpful. Hope I can enjoy where you recommend :)

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on May 01, 2015:

Puglia is gorgeous! Yes, Rome boils and boils on through the summer, so lightweight natural fibres are essential! Thanks for dropping in Suzue HQ.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on May 01, 2015:

I'm in Rome in June, mostly. Yes. Glad this Hub was useful. Wouldn't it be great to meet? I've been a fan of yours since the AP days!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on April 30, 2015:

Hi GoodLady,

Nicely written and highlights what to wear when is a great idea. Rome when I was there first was incredibly hot, in July which was a surprise trip for my birthday. Lightweight, smart/casual breathable clothes definitely a plus! Thanks for this highlighting the south as we have our place in Puglia and it is a warm or hot climate many months of the year.

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on April 30, 2015:

Perfect timing! Guess who is going to Rome this June? Me! I was very glad to see this on the feed this morning as I knew you had some hubs related to Rome. I look forward to reading more.

Are you still living in/near Rome?

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 15, 2013:

Wishing you the best trip! Thanks for the thumbs up.

YogaKat from Oahu Hawaii on October 14, 2013:

I am going to Rome in June 2014 for a family reunion. Thanks so much for this wealth of information. I am going to email this link to my traveling companions. Voted up and I will be checking out your other Italy hubs.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on February 07, 2013:

Glad of your approval and thank you MrHunter

MrHunter from Highway 24 on February 07, 2013:

Good hub. Good organization. GoodLady . . .

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on February 07, 2013:

And I'd love to visit Finland Made.

Many thanks for dropping by with kind comments, perhaps you'll visit one day (in June!).

Madeleine Salin from Finland on February 07, 2013:

I really want to go to Italy. I'd go there this summer with my family if I could afford it. We'll have to see ...

This hub is a great guide, and I'd love to be in a warm Italy in June. It's still cold here in Finland in June, especially in the evenings. Thank you so much for writing this hub. It's very useful! Voting up and sharing. :)

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on February 07, 2013:

Appreciate your votes Mike, thanks.

Kaltar, hope you make it, many thanks.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on February 07, 2013:

Janis, longer clothes in museums because of 'respect' for public places, because they are just that bit more formal I think. Italians are quite formal when it comes to formal places, decorous would be the word. Really young people could get away with being incredibly scanty but that's because they are beautiful and beauty is always fine by an Italian.

I don't think anyone would get thrown out of museums for short shorts, or near naked tops, but not sure they'd feel too comfortable around the 'scene'. Or, maybe they wouldn't care, but I do know that Italians care. Maybe air conditioning come into it, though air conditioning in Rome isn't going to be as cold as AC in North America. It's a question of 'mores' and 'customs'.

Mike Robbers from London on February 07, 2013:

A very useful hub! Great ideas! Thanks! Voted up & useful!

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on February 07, 2013:

Rome is just very beautiful, but in June it's magical - so great everyone wants to come.

Yes, it's best to be aware of customs in different countries isn't it? Glad you found the article useful.

Thanks Pamela99, DDE. Susan, Melissa for your kind comments.

Janis Goad on February 07, 2013:

Air conditioning is a bane of hot countries. I notice you advise longer clothes for museums--I guess because it gets cool if you are inside for several hours. I love the idea of carrying a shawl in your purse, so you have an extra layer.

Marissa from United States on February 07, 2013:

What an excellent guide! I hope to visit Rome (really, any where in Italy!) someday. I'd love to see where my ancestor lived, but seeing Rome as well is definitely on the list.

I too like that you included information about what to wear in the Vatican and museums. Americans would never think like that!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on February 07, 2013:

I so want to come to Rome for a visit and hopefully one of these years I will make it. June sounds about the same as what our July and August is as far as weather goes. I like the fact that you included what you can and can't wear especially in the Vatican.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 07, 2013:

Sounds a wonderful idea and Rome must be a beautiful place for a holiday.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 07, 2013:

Visiting Rome and actually most of Italy is something I hope to do. It sounds warmer in June than I would have thought, so your hub is very helpful for someone like me who hasn't traveled to Rome. This is an excellent hub.

CarNoobz from USA on February 06, 2013:'s on my list LOL

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on February 06, 2013:

So, are you coming to Italy? Thanks for dropping in here.

CarNoobz from USA on February 06, 2013:

Wow. You covered a lot of bases here. Excellent hub.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on February 06, 2013:

You're being too kind here Claudia Tello! Your HOTD was amazing (salmon and red salad one) and so you do come up with the ideas too!!!!

Thanks for starting the comments off here. I do appreciate it.

Claudia Tello from Mexico on February 06, 2013:

This is a great idea for a hub!!!! Even though I am not planning to visit Rome, I just had to read it and see what you came up with. I think I have really learned from following you in HP because of your rich experience, writing skills and unlimited creativity, which always shows. Congratulations once again on an outstanding article. I wish I could come up with these ideas!!!! :)

Francesca27 on February 06, 2013:

Very useful information. Thanks for taking the time to write this hub.

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