July is one of the busiest months of the year in Rome, when the number of tourists reaches its peak. It's also very hot–it's possible for summer temperatures to exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celcius).
But if you can deal with crowds and high temperatures, there are a number of worthwhile festivals and events that happen each July in Rome.
Early June to Early September - Lungo il Tevere. Along the banks of the Tiber River, which runs through Rome, this summer-long festival features a village-like setup of food stalls, pop-up restaurants, arts and crafts vendors, live music and even some kiddie rides and amusements.
In the evenings, when temperatures are slightly lower, it's a lovely way to spend a few hours. You can start at one outdoor bar or restaurant for an aperitivo, then choose another for dinner under the stars and live music.
Lungo il Tevere is held on the west (Vatican) side of the river and is accessed by stairs leading down to the riverbank. The village is set up between Piazza Trilussa (at Ponte Sisto) and Porta Portese (at Ponte Sublicio). There's an access point for wheelchairs at Lungotevere Ripa.
Last two weeks in July - Festa dei Noantri. The Festa dei Noantri (dialect for "Festival for the Rest of Us") is centered around the Feast of Santa Maria del Carmine. This very local festival sees the statue of Santa Maria, adorned in handmade finery, being moved around from church to church in the Trastevere neighborhood and accompanied by bands and religious pilgrims. At the close of the festival, usually on the evening of the last Sunday in July, the saint is paraded on a boat down the Tiber.
All Summer - Outdoor Music and other performances happen throughout the summer in Rome. Estate Romana lists some summer performances and events. At Castel Sant' Angelo, you'll find music and performances in the evenings during July and August. Concerts take place in Rome's squares and parks and opera and dance performances are often held in the ancient Baths of Caracalla during summer, too.
Rock in Roma is a summer concert series that brings big-name artists to venues in Rome, including Circus Maximus and Parco della Musica. Past acts have included Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones. The 2018 line-up includes Roger Waters and The Killers.
July through September - Isola del Cinema Wide-screen movies are shown outdoors nearly every night during summer on Tiberina Island. This is also part of Estate Romana, or Roman summer.
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