Pantheon, Rome

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5 historical facts about the Pantheon

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.

  • Historical use

    1. Historical use

    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.

  • Architecture of the dome

    2. Architecture of the dome

    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.

  • Interior

    3. Interior

    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!

  • Exterior

    4. Exterior

    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 oculus

    5. The oculus

    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!

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    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.

  • How much does it cost to visit?

    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.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Monday - Saturday 9:00AM to 7:30PM. Sunday 9:00AM to 1:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free!
  • 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.

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What people are saying about Pantheon, Rome

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Martine was great. It was me,my daughter and her friend. It was like a girls night out. We laughed and learned a lot. Seeing Rome at night was so much better than if we had taken the tour during the day. The city was lit up beautifully and just had a great vibe to it. I would totally do this tour again and highly recommend it. Martine I promised you a great review and I can only say it was a pleasure to have you as our guide. Thank you for showing us Rome in a new light and for teaching us about the history of this ancient city.

I did this tour with my wife and we both loved it! It is a very nice option to explore a lot of the city quickly so we would recommend it as the first tour when arriving at Rome (especially when it is hot outside). The driver was very nice and knowledgeable! We had a lot of questions and he answered all of them with ease. We can highly recommend this tour

with this flexible pass and thanks to the staff I had the chance to visit some highlights of Rome such Trevi Underground and Castle St.Angel. They gave me interesting advices to improve my stay in Rome. Highly reccomended

It was amazing to have an overview of the interesting places in Rome and take our time to discover it, since we had no idea where to begin. Overall we were very pleased and will definitely try it in our next destination.

Lorenzo was excellent. Kept us informed, great storyteller and just friendly. What a great way to avoid all the walking and learning much about Rome.