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Roman Pantheon: A-Z Guide for First Time Visitors

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One of the most iconic attractions in Rome is a landmark known as the Pantheon. What makes the Pantheon so special, you ask? Well, it's still standing today - mostly intact - after what's been almost 2,000 years and is rightly called the best-preserved Roman Monument.

Let's not forget the Oculus, better known as the 'Eye of the Pantheon'

Read on to know everything there is to this landmark:

Roman Pantheon in a Nutshell


Opening Hours

9 am to 7 pm, every day (entry closes at 6:30 pm)

Know before you go

Best time to visit - The best time to visit the attraction is between 11 am to 1 pm, to see the sunlight streaming through the Oculus.
Starting Prices for Roman Pantheon Tickets - €5
Suggested duration 1-2 hours
Location - Rome, Italy

Address

Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Get there

History of Roman Pantheon


This iconic landmark was initially built in 27 AD by Marcus Agrippa to celebrate the victory of his father-in-law, emperor Augustus. After the building burnt down because of reasons unknown in AD 80, emperor Hadrian rebuilt the structure as a temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome. Yep you read that right.

This, was 2000 years ago, since then, the landmark is one of the most well-preserved structures in world, let alone Rome, and we're in awe.

Which Roman Pantheon Tickets Should You Buy?


Since the Pantheon is a popular choice among tourists and locals alike, as it should be - it IS the perfect way to dive into history (irrespective of the fact if history is your jam or not), and explore a world that we know very little about.

Hence, long waiting lines are natural. Here are some Roman Pantheon Tickets you can buy, so you can save time and dime:

Plan Your Visit


Roman Pantheon Opening Hours

The Pantheon is open from 9 am to 7 pm everyday, last entry is at 6:30 pm

Getting to the Pantheon

By Bus

  • Buses n° 30, 40, 62, 64, 81, 87 and 492 will take you where you need to go...which is to the closest bus stop near the Pantheon.
  • The bus stop closest to the landmark, is Largo di Torre Argentina. It is 400m away from the Roman Pantheon.
  • By Metro

  • Taking the Line A metro will take you to the Barberini station, you can alight there and head out to the Pantheon, which is 700m away

Best Time To Visit Roman Pantheon

In a day, the best time to visit the Pantheon is early morning, because that's when you'll bump into the least crowds. Although, for the best views and photo-ops, it is suggested that you visit between 11 am and 1 pm, as the sunlight streams in through the Oculus.

In a year, visiting Rome, and especially this attraction between September to March, allows you to enjoy the weather, which might be useful when you're exploring the attraction.

Top Things to Do at Roman Pantheon


1Admire the works of art

The Pantheon is known for the artwork it has on display, and it does not disappoint. At the Roman Pantheon, you can find several stucco reliefs which depict scenes from mythology and the Bible. There's also a fresco that depicts the Coronation of the Virgin, a sculpture of St Anne and the Blessed Virgin, along with several paintings by Francesco Cozza. Talk about by Carlo Monaldi and frescos by Melozzo da Forli.

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2The Light through the Dome

If you hear someone mention the Roman Pantheon, you know that they're going to mention the dome. Why, you ask? Well, this dome is quite literally the world's largest unreinforced solid dome. It is made of three domes, all of them placed one within the other, and is entirely constructed of stone. It's because of this very dome that for centuries, people had only one question...how do the romans design their domes?

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3The Passage to the Pantheon (the Entrance)

The entrance to the Roman Pantheon is a majestic sight. The massive stone arches seem to dwarf everything around them, and immediately induce a sense of awe within the visitors. Sixteen monolithic columns spread across 33 meters stand at the entrance of the attraction. Seeing just this is enough to let you know that you're in for a ride that'll leave you stumped.

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Attractions near the Roman Pantheon


Insider Tips for Visiting the Roman Pantheon


1. To access any and every place of culture in Italy, you need to have a valid green pass.

2. If you plan to visit the Pantheon on a Saturday or during the holidays, ensure that you book your tickets in advance.

3. Because the Pantheon is also a church, visitors are expected to dress modestly. While absolutely formal attire is not a must, make sure that your knees, shoulders and midriff is covered.

4. You cannot drink, eat or smoke inside the Roman Pantheon.

Restaurants near Roman Pantheon


Here are some top restaurants which are located near the landmark, that you must add to your plan for the day!

Hotels near the Roman Pantheon


Although a day's trip is enough to see everything there is at the Pantheon, it's never enough for Rome. And honestly, who doesn't love a vacation?!

Roman Pantheon
Hotel Veneto Palace

If seeing every attraction in Rome is your idea of a perfect vacation, Hotel Veneto Palace is your hotel of choice. Located right in the heart of the city, this hotel will help you save up on your travel time, and keep adding attractions + experiences to your itinerary. What's more, is that the hotel has been renovated with 19th century-ish interiors, and this will certainly help you get right in the feels for a roman vacation.

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Charme & Chic Luxury

Known for its ideal location and great views, Charme & Chic Luxury, is a hotel widely known for the same. For comfy stays at a hotel that saves time and dime? Sign us up right now!

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Tritone Top House

We're providing you with a list of hotels to choose from that are located extremely close to major attractions. This hotel is another one of those. For luxury, efficiency, and the good times in life, stay here! Oh, and don't forget the easy commute it provides. The hotel is conveniently located near major stations to provide easy access.

Frequently Asked Questions


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