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Things to Do in Rome in July

Visit the Trevi Fountain and take in its beauty, Go on a Colosseum tour!, Take a Trastevere Neighbourhood Walk, Explore the Borghese Palace and the adjacent Villa, View Sistine Chapel, Go See the Catacombs of Rome and many more.

July is the height of Rome's summer season and at this point, both tourists and locals will feel the effects, good and bad. The upside is that July is one of the sunniest months in Rome, making it perfect for showing off your best summer threads, devouring a mountain of gelato, and taking advantage of the city's many outdoor evening events.

Seeing the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum at night are two of the best things to do in Rome in July, but there are many more attractions and ways to cool off in the Eternal City.
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Essential Information About Rome in July

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Weather in Rome during the months of July

Rome in July sees the first regularly occurring days with average temperatures above 30 degrees. Expect highs of about 32 degrees Celsius. Although it is unusual, there have been times when the temperature dropped to a cool and refreshing 19 degrees Celsius. Nighttime lows average only about 25 degrees Celsius.

As a result, you won't have any trouble eating dinner late in a piazza with the locals. The middle of July is hot and dry due to the combination of high temperatures that regularly top 30 degrees and as much as 11 hours of sunlight. While mid-July still sees temperatures in the 30s (Celsius), highs of 45 C are not unheard of!

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What to Pack for Rome in July

  • Summer travel packing lists for Rome in July typically consist of lightweight garments, a light sweater or shawl to wear around the house at night, sturdy walking shoes, and a sun hat.
  • Don't leave home without these other necessities: sunblock, blister balm, a swimsuit (if you plan on swimming), and a lightweight, foldable raincoat (unlikely).
  • Pack a pair of hiking pants that hit just below the knee and are comfortable, practical, and breathable for visiting churches.
  • To stay cool and out of the sun in Rome in July, bring an umbrella and use it as a parasol. An ultralight travel umbrella with UV protection that can be used year-round is a fantastic idea.
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Things to Do in Rome in July

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Visit the Trevi Fountain and Take in Its Beauty

  • Located in Rome's Quirinale neighborhood, the Trevi Fountain (or Fontana di Trevi) is the city's largest public fountain.
  • Also worth seeing in Rome in July are the towering statues that surround the Fontana di Trevi.
  • Oceanus, one of the Titan gods, is depicted in the fountain's centerpiece, standing atop a triumphal arch.
  • The fountain attracts thousands of sightseers each year who come from all over the world to marvel at its splendor.
  • Legend has it that if you toss a coin into the fountain, you'll have a prosperous trip back to Rome.
  • The practice of tossing coins and then drinking water from a fountain is thought to date back to ancient Rome.

Location: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

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Go on a Colosseum tour!

  • When you are visiting Rome in July, travel back in time two millennia to explore the amphitheater of Colosseum, Rome's most recognisable landmark. 
  • Immerse yourself in the crowd and try to picture the roar of the fifty thousand people watching the emperor make his life-or-death decisions.
  • Enter the arena and walk in the same sand as the gladiators.
  • Explore the maze-like tunnels beneath the Colosseum, where gladiators and wild animals were kept before being brought to the arena.
  • Snapping a photo of yourself smiling broadly in front of the Colosseum in Rome for a priceless keepsake is one of the most lovely things to do in Rome in July.

Location: In the center of the city of Rome, Italy, just east of the Roman Forum

Timings: Open 10:30 AM to 7:15 PM

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Get Out and About in Trastevere!

  • Trastevere is widely regarded as the "heart" of Rome due to its bohemian vibe, abundance of excellent eateries, wine bars, and unique shops.
  • From 400 to 500 B.C.E., Trastevere has been one of Italy's populated areas, making it one of the country's oldest rione.
  • The narrow streets and medieval-style homes of this historic working-class neighborhood come alive with music and laughter after dark.
  • Make your way to Piazza di Santa Maria, the hub of this confusing neighborhood.
  • Start out on the bustling Via del Moro, full of shops and cafes, before venturing off into the quieter side streets lined with  faded-paint buildings.
  • Step inside the Basilica di Santa Maria, built in the 12th century, to see the sparkling Cavallini mosaics that depict the fountain of oil that spewed when Christ was born.
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Explore the Borghese Palace and the adjacent Villa

  • One of Rome's "Four Wonders," Palazzo Borghese, is also known as "the Borghese cymbal."
  • Upon entering the spacious courtyard with its columned portico, one is greeted by the extraordinary "Pool of Venus," a nymphaeum complete with statues, climbing plants, and fountains.
  • Visit the Villa Borghese Gardens located on the Pincian Hill, halfway between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo.
  • Go see one of the best museums visiting Rome in July at the Borghese Gallery. A few of the artists represented in it are Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael.

Location: Piazza Borghese, 9, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

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View Sistine Chapel

  • The Sistine Chapel is a breathtaking sight and Michelangelo's widely acknowledged magnum opus, and you must stop by it when visiting Rome in July.
  • Some of the wall decoration in the Chapel dates back to the 15th century, and it includes false draperies, depictions of Moses and Christ, and portraits of Popes.
  • Witnessing some stunningly painted architectural features, such as a cast of biblical characters acting out scenes from the Book of Genesis, is one of the best things to do in Rome in July.
  • The entrance features a stunning pavement in addition to a superb Michelangelo frescoed ceiling. The exterior of the chapel seems like a fortress, protecting priceless historical artifacts.

Location: Inside  Vatican Museums, 00120 Vatican City

Timings: Sundays closed, open 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM, Saturday  open 8:30 AM - 10:30 PM

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Go See the Catacombs of Rome

  • Underneath the throngs of tourists and the din of traffic, the old city of Rome conceals a rich history that has made it famous.
  • A lack of suitable burial ground prompted the development of catacombs in the second century which you can explore when visiting Rome in July.
  • Around the year 2000 A.D, the earliest Christians in Rome began using this network of tunnels as a site of prayer and burial.
  • Traverse the labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city and hear ghostly tales from the past.
  • Listen in awe as tales of underground passages filled with tombs hewn from solid rock unfold before your ears.

Location: Via delle Sette Chiese, 280

Timings: Closed on Monday afternoons and sunday mornings, other days open 9 AM - 12 PM, 6 PM 8 PM

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Learn about the Museums of the Vatican

  • Inside the confines of Vatican City are a collection of museums dedicated to Christian art and history known collectively as the Vatican Museums.
  • More than seventy thousand works of art, including paintings and sculptures, are on display in the Vatican Museums, which are spread out across more than fifty-four different galleries.
  • There are works by Renaissance masters like Michelangelo, Bernini, da Vinci, and Raphael, as well as classical sculptures and tapestries.
  • Admire pieces by artists such as Carlo Carrà, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Salvador Dal, and Pablo Picasso found in their Modern Religious Art collection.

Location: 00120 Vatican City

Timings: Monday to Friday 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM, Friday to Saturday 8:30 AM - 10: 30 PM, sundays closed

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Go See the Roman Forum

  • The Roman Forum is a historical site in Rome that features the ruins of numerous ancient buildings, including temples, public squares, and administrative centers.
  • You may see the ruins of the once-mighty Roman Empire and bask in its glory at this one location, which is the most influential example of classic Roman architecture.
  • The ruins tell innumerable tales of one of the world's earliest civilizations, including their acts of bravery, alliances, betrayals, conspiracies, victories, and defeats.
  • By exploring the ruins, visitors can put themselves in the shoes of Ancient Romans and acquire unique insights into their daily lives, some 20 centuries in the past.

Location: Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Timings: Monday to Saturday 9 AM - 6:30 PM

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Learn More About the History of Palatine Hill

  • Palatine Hill, the highest of Rome's seven hills at 40 meters just above Roman Forum, is an ancient neighborhood.
  • You may still see a large number of the grand structures that were built for ancient Rome's aristocratic society on the Palatine Hill.
  • Discover the magnificent Domus Flavia, constructed in 81 B.C. as a place of business and government by decree of Domitian the Emperor.
  • Admire the simple beauty of the House of Flavia, which was constructed in the first century B.C., and is one of the Palatine Hill's most well-preserved structures.
  • Spend some time in the stunning Farnese Gardens, built in the middle of the 16th century on the site of the former Palace of Tiberius.

Location: Located 40 meters above the Roman Forum

Timings: Open daily from 10:30 AM - 7:15 PM, with last entry at 6:15 PM

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Gaze upon the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome

  • Visit Rome in July to see St. Peter's Basilica, one of the most impressive churches ever constructed.
  • Start your exploration of Rome atop Michelangelo's Cupola at St. Peter's Basilica with breathtaking vistas like no others.
  • Explore the rest of the Basilica to see its distinctive Baroque architecture and cultural artifacts like Michelangelo's Pieta when visiting Rome in July.
  • Visit the area next to the incredible Papal Sarcophagi to see works by Bernini and Michelangelo from the Renaissance.

Location: Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Timings: 1 October - 31 March: 7 AM to 6:30 PM
1 April - 30 September: 7 am to 7 PM

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People Also Ask About Rome

  1. What are the top things to do in Rome in January?

    Colosseum
    • The Colosseum is the city's most iconic landmark, and no trip to Rome is complete without seeing it. The Flavian era saw the construction of the biggest amphitheater ever.
    • Experience the Colosseum through the eyes of a gladiator and learn about the arena's storied history as a battlefield.
    • Travel back in time to the Middle Ages as your guide tells you the fascinating stories behind the Colosseum.

    Vatican Museums
    • Visit one of the world's most prestigious museums, the Vatican Museum, and behold a breathtaking array of artworks.
    • Take a tour of the entire museum, paying particular attention to the Greek Gross Gallery, the Cabinet of Masks, and the Sala degli Animali.
    • Be awed by the Sistine Chapel's breathtaking paintings and frescoes by Renaissance masters such as Raphael and Michelangelo.

    Roman Forum
    • The Forum, a sprawling area filled with ancient ruins that attest to the Roman Empire's heyday, is one of Rome's most impressive landmarks.
    • Experience the glory and power of the ancient Roman Empire through its surviving monuments.
    • By exploring the ruins, visitors can put themselves in the shoes of ancient Romans and gain new insights into the culture of the time.

    Palatine Hill
    • This hill, once the domain of emperors and the nobility, is the highest of "the seven hills."
    • For many years, this location served as a major hub for trade, worship, and politics. 
    • There are hundreds of ruins and hidden passageways to explore in this area, which is often referred to as the "first nucleus of the Roman Empire."

    St. Peter’s Basilica
    • Experience one of the most sacred Catholic sites on earth by touring St. Peter's Basilica with a guide or audio tour.
    • See how the church's central dome, built in the Renaissance style, affects the Roman skyline.
    • Take advantage of the opportunity to visit the church and see works by Michelangelo, Bernini, and the papal crypt.
  2. What should I wear in Rome in July?

    • Make sure your sandals are extremely comfortable if you intend to wear them throughout the day.
    • It's July, so of course you're going to wear shorts; just keep in mind that if you plan to visit any religious sites, you won't be admitted if you do so while wearing shorts. 
    • Evening attire requires long pants or skirts.
  3. Is July a good time to go to Rome?

    Those who enjoy the summer months will find that July is one of the best times to visit Rome. The days are long, the sun shines brightly, the temperature rises, the beaches are open, and the city's rooftop season is in full swing.
  4. Is Rome too crowded in July?

    Yes, there will be long lines at all of Rome's most popular restaurants in the middle of July due to the influx of visitors. There is only a small window of time in the early morning when you won't be swarmed by other tourists at any of the city's popular tourist destinations. You can also book in advance to avoid crowds wherever you go.
  5. Is July too hot in Italy?

    Yes, Rome in July can be oppressively hot, and much of the country also experiences high levels of humidity.
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