When in Rome, do as the Romans do. This means you have to get into the endless frenzy of festivals and events in Rome. If you are planning to travel in May, plan your travel to Rome for the 1st of the month; Labor Day is a major event in Rome. This holiday is celebrated with a free rock concert at Piazza San Giovanni where as many as 700 artists line up to perform on a grand stage.
May is also when the Italian Open Tennis is hosted in Rome at Stadio Olimpico amidst picturesque settings. The International Horse Show also takes place this month and while you're here, keep an eye for Museum nights when most museums are kept open after 8 PM and offer free entry as well as special events. The Rose Garden of Rome, located near Circus Maximus, is usually opened to public during the months of May and June.
Starting from June, the brilliance of summer is enhanced by the lovely night illumination of the Colosseum, Tivoli and the Roman Forum. June is festive in Rome with the Feast of san Giovanni on June 24th and Saints Peter and Paul Day. With fireworks, bonfires, parades and plenty of gelato, these festivals alone are enough excuse to plan your travel to Rome in this period.
The festive mood is carried forward to July and celebrated with the Festa dei Noantri, a carnival for Santa Maria. Summer is also the time when Rome celebrates life with plenty of outdoor music concerts and dance performances.