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Italy in June: Enjoy the Best of Summer

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Italy in June is a mixed bag of fun and adventure. This is the start of the peak season in the country when travelers from all over the world descend on the peninsula. June is also the time when Italy’s sights are at their most beautiful. As the summer heat begins its onslaught on cities, locals flock to Mediterranean beaches to cool off. Expect lots of tourists and, consequently, above-average flight and hotel prices. Beat the crowds by eschewing Tuscany in favor of less-frequented Umbria, or heading to the breezier and less crowded north.

Italy Weather in June

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Enjoy amazing city tours in Venice, Italy

Summer descends over the Mediterranean in June, so expect heat and humidity during this time of year. While not as sweltering as August, visitors will encounter a mix of cool and hot days in June, with the latter becoming more prominent towards the month’s tail end.

June temperatures in the northern parts of the country range from 13 to 27°C, while they stay between 16 to 27°C in the central areas. In the south of Italy, mercury can breach the 30°C mark and seldom falls below 21°C.

For a seasonal overview, check out our travel guide on the best time to visit Italy.

Why Visit Italy in June

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Enjoy an adventurous hike in the Dolomites alps during the summer in Italy
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Enjoy a detailed family tour in Rome and rekindle those relationships in Italy

While the month of June is hot, crowded, and relatively more expensive, travelers who visit Italy at this time are in for a treat. As the country gears up for a vacation, all establishments are open and the atmosphere turns festive.

Consider adding coastal and mountainous areas in your itinerary for less heat and more breeze. And do not forget the lakes. Lake Como looks stunning during this time of year, so do the Dolomites. Kick back on the secluded beaches of Calabria or take in the charming Cinque Terre.

June kicks off the beach season, so if you are planning to dip your toes in the Mediterranean, this month is your best bet (that is if you are willing to contend with heavy crowds). Here are more reasons why you should travel to Italy in June.

  • Fun in the sun: With the summer season kicking off, this is the ideal time to visit sun-kissed destinations like Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast. If you cannot brave the crowd, splash in the crystal clear waters of Lake Garda and Lake Como.
  • Be a culture vulture: While the sun is not at its most oppressive, consider ambling around Italy’s hilltop towns and alleyways flanked by medieval buildings. Visit the charming medieval towns of Umbria or tour around Rome and see the magnificent Trevi Fountain.
  • A myriad of festivals: Join local merrymakers as they commemorate Festa Della Republica on June 2. This is a national holiday celebrated with parades and fireworks. You might also want to watch talented operatic stars perform in the Arena di Verona Festival, an annual summer opera festival in Verona.
  • Enjoy the best of summer: Italy in June is not as hot and crowded as Italy in July or August. This makes exploring towns or going on hikes much more bearable. June is your best bet if you are looking to enjoy the best of summer. Read our article on trails best for hiking in Italy.

Where to go and what to do

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Soak up the ancient streets of Rome in Italy

June in Italy means loads of sunny days sans the scorching oppressiveness of the months that follow. Take advantage of this by exploring Italy's best summer spots as you go on a sightseeing trip, hike through mountains, or cool down on any of Italy's famous lakes. This peninsula is practically made for summer, so you will not run out of places to visit.

Avoid Tuscany’s heavy crowds by taking a detour to its verdant next-door neighbor, Umbria, where you can hop through walled towns perched atop hills and discover majestic castles and cathedrals. Get respite from soaring temperatures as you sail down the canals of Venice or hike through Lombardy.

For views right out of a postcard, consider ambling around the vibrant city of Cinque Terre or explore the breathtakingly beautiful Amalfi Coast. Find out how many days to spend in Italy here.

What to bring

The evening view of Amalfi cityscape in Italy
Experience the beautiful Amalfi cityscape on coast line of Mediterranean sea in Italy

Wondering what to pack for Italy in June? Light, breathable clothes are strongly recommended for summer visits. This is especially true in coastal towns like Rimini, Sperlonga, and Sorrento. If your itinerary includes churches, make sure to wear clothes that extend beyond your knees and cover your shoulders.

Comfortable walking shoes are a must wherever you are in Italy, as tours will most likely involve walking on cobblestone streets and uneven terrain for long periods. Lug a bottle of water with you and protect yourself from the sun along with sunblock, a hat, and an umbrella.

The weather in Italy in June is lovely – with just the right amount of heat to make you feel warm and cozy. While prices of accommodation and services start skyrocketing from this month, you can cushion the blow on your wallet by booking hotels and tours well in advance. Lines will be long outside famous attractions thanks to the season’s influx of holidaymakers, so arrive early to circumvent long queues.

Italy’s beaches and sun-drenched attractions shine during the summer months, and they are definitely worth the trade-off. June in Italy is not as bad as it is made to be, and you can make your visit much more bearable by preparing in advance and taking the road less traveled. Contact our travel experts in Italy to help you with a tailor-made trip to Italy in June.

You can also browse through our list of available Italy tours in June.

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  • Danilo Catania
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    Travel Expert in Italy & Switzerland
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