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Top sights in Rome
Until the 20th century The Pantheon was the largest concrete structure in the world and a source of architectural study for Michelangelo among others! Here's some intersting facts for you to digest before you plan a visit.
As one of the oldest functioning structures in Rome, the Pantheon has had many uses. Primarily, it is a burial place for several important Italian historical figures.
The first instinct when you enter the Pantheon is to look up in awe at the magnificent dome overhead. It is the world's largest dome made of unreinforced solid concrete.
When you enter the Pantheon and look around you'll notice tombs set into the walls. Audio guides and tours are avaliable to explain more about who's who!
While it's famous for its rotunda, the Pantheon's grand portico entrance is a sight to behold in itself. Take a moment to wander amongst the beautiful corinthian columns before you leave.
The only source of light in the Pantheon comes from the Oculus in the ceiling. This large hole floods the room with light and instantly draws the eye!
Opening times vary throughout the year. The Basilica is open weekdays from 9:00AM to 7:30PM. On Sunday from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. On public holidays that fall during the workweek, the Basilica will stay open from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Closed on: January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.
Not a thing. The Pantheon is free to visit all year round! This makes it the perfect spot to pop in and out of on a trip to Rome, or to linger a while longer and take a guided tour.
- When should I visit?
- Monday - Saturday 9:00AM to 7:30PM. Sunday 9:00AM to 1:00PM.
- Is it expensive?
- Will I need a guide?
- Nope, feel free to wander. However, audio guides and tours are available if you want to enhance your experience.
- How to get there
- You can easily get the Pantheon by foot. It's located near the Trevi Fountain and there are plenty of signposts.
- Additional information
- This site is still an active Catholic church and place of prayer so remember to speak softly and dress respectably.
What people are saying about Pantheon
This is a perfect way to see Rome at sunset. We had been on our feet all day at the Vatican museum and Basilica etc. and really could not have done with any more walking around. Giulia was very knowledgeable and is a wonderfully warm person. Of course, having done uni in the US, her English is impeccable. She greeted us with a beer and the whole trip was great from start to finish. With a maximum of 6 people on the tour it was absolutely a unique experience to learn about the history of an incredible city and have access that only a golf cart can provide (kerbside at the colosseum? No problem). I truly cannot recommend this tour (and Giulia) enough. Her love of Rome and her brother’s passion to share Roman history with tourists is wonderful. PS, her brother owns the business with his wife and it certainly feels like a family affair - but completely professional at the same time. My two sisters and I only had 2 days in Rome and this tour made it possible to see as much as possible!
I learned a few things and saw a few things, which is what I expected. The guide (sorry, didn't catch her name) kept us all together and told us a few snippets of info about the various sights. There were a few quiet periods that could have perhaps been filled with more background info. The guide was also having to provide a Spanish commentary concurrent with the English one to cater for the one Spanish speaking guest. Also, the activity lasted two hours, not three as advertised.
The tour itself is excellent, the guide is very enthusiastic. Easy to find the meeting point and convenient drop off. The only draw back is they could manage the timing of the bus better. The bus send us back to the port 25 mins later than expected, leaving us only 5 mins before the all aboard time. So a group of us have to run to the port shuttle to catch the last shuttle back to ship. A bit scared that we would miss the ship but luckily we are all fine and we are not alone.
I would thoroughly recommend this tour as you get to see all the key sites of Rome and learn so much about the history or this amazing city. Andrada is a great guide, really entertaining, knowledgeable and very easy to listen to.
She and my husband talked about the history of the Pantheon and she was so knowledgeable about it. She had such enthusiasm for her tour that he said it was the best one he has been on!