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Where to go in June

With the arrival of summer, Europe enjoys long, light-filled days, perfect for sightseeing, and the start of the festival season means art and music events transform the streets, piazzas and galleries of our favourite cities.

 

St Petersburg

The further north you travel during midsummer, the longer the days (and the more precious these light evenings are considered). In Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltic, June is a month for celebration, and St Petersburg in particular is at its best at this time of year. The ‘White Nights’ festival marks the magical few days when the sun barely sets with special events including public concerts and late night museum openings, and the city’s bars and restaurants are open all hours. Head out of the city and the former Imperial summer palaces at Tsarskoe Selo are resplendent in early June – the glittering gilt domes reflect the sunlight and Bartolomeo Rastrelli’s extravagant facades glow in the warm sunlight. Starting in May, the hydrofoil from the city centre provides a special way to approach the magnificent palace at Peterhof, and as you arrive from the water to the foot of the palace gardens you will be awe-struck by a dazzling series of golden fountains – in full flow now and powered entirely by gravity as they were when first constructed in the 18th century.

 

The Italian Lakes

June is also a fabulous time of year to visit the Italian countryside, where the weather is warm but not yet scorching and the summer holidays are still some weeks away. The Italian tourists rarely descend on the coast until August, and most foreign tourists prefer to visit in July, so it can still be possible to explore without the crowds. The Italian Lakes are glorious in June, and there is no better month to enjoy ferry-hopping on Lake Maggiore or strolling through the elegant gardens and villas which surround Lake Como. Whilst the weather in the foothills of the Alps is never guaranteed to stay dry, it is unlikely to rain for long, and it is this precipitation which keeps the marvellous manicured gardens so lush and verdant.

 

Tuscany & Puglia

Head to Tuscany in June and you will be able to enjoy its historic hill-towns and elegant villa hotels before the school holidays bring families to the region en masse. June does bring warm sunshine and the countryside is looking at its best at this time of year.
Further south, the ‘heel’ of the Italian boot is the region of Puglia, which is an authentic part of the country which retains an unspoilt aspect – with vast national parks, historic towns and villages, ancient olive groves and some charming local hotels converted from former working farmhouses – known as masseria. During the peak summer, in particular the month of August, Puglia sees an influx of sun-seekers from all over Italy and beyond – but visit in the early summer and you will be able to enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches in (relative) peace.

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Our expert reservations team regularly travel to a wide range of destinations to explore new cities, visit hotels and to research museums, galleries and restaurants so that we can offer the most up-to-date advice and recommendations.

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