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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!)
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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

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.

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