Weather in Italy in June

Is June a good time to go to Italy?

Summer has arrived and with it, beach parties, large crowds and, unfortunately, high prices. However, those who can handle a combination of heat, bustling tourists and pricey accommodation are rewarded with a lively atmosphere and perfect, lazy beach days. There are many music, food, and arts celebrations and there is never a shortage of things to do in June, as everyone comes out to play in the summer sun. Because the evenings stay lighter for longer, attractions extend their operating hours, and it’s also a great time to enjoy the nightlife in the major cities. 


Climate in Italy in June

If May was warm, then June is hot; and if May was hot, June will be a scorcher. Average temperatures range from 12°C to 28°C (54°F to 82°F) and it climbs into the low 30s (90°F) at the coasts and inland sometimes. The sea is as hot as May was and at 23°C (73°F) in the summer sun, a fresh breeze is always welcome at the beach. Summer at the coast can be wet, but nowhere near as wet as winter and there are light infrequent showers at worse; unfortunately, this often means high levels of humidity. There have been heat waves in northern Italy in recent years and, when this happens, the south is scorching, so be prepared for some near unbearably hot days. 


What’s on in Italy in June

There are many open-air concerts and events come May, a good example is the open air mass held as part of the Corpus Domini festival in Rome. For art critics, culinary aficionados and those with an ear for good music, the Tuscan Sun Festival is the place to visit this summer and for the less fussy, come along anyway because it is a fantastic festival nonetheless. Saint John Feat Day is a massive national celebration and Lake Como, Florence, Fabriani and Pisa come alive with parades, music and lively feasts in celebration of one of Italy’s most revered religious figures. 


What to pack for a holiday in Italy in June

It’s best to travel light in June because lugging heavy bags down cobbled streets in the heat isn’t holiday fun. It might be trendy to don a three-piece suit in Milan, but it sure won’t be ideal for the near 30°C heat (86°F). So, blend in with the sharp Italian style and take some loose long sleeved shirts, T-shirts, comfortable and decent shorts, one or two light tops for the evenings and a light raincoat, especially for the south. Swim shorts, speedos and bikinis are great for beaches, but its best to bring a sarong or light covering for sun protection. Sunhats, sunglasses and, especially, sunscreen is essential. While it is summer, churches, monasteries and some establishments may require conservative clothing. 

For footwear, flip flops are good for the beach, but otherwise some sturdy sandals, comfortable and breathable walking shoes or trainers are best for the city. With little rain, some people might prefer to carry a small umbrella instead of a light raincoat, so bring both along and see which is preferable.