Pantheon

Pantheon, Rome: Hours, Address, Pantheon Reviews: 4.5/5

Ancient Ruins • Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
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Dedicated to the seven planetary divinities and featuring an interior of gorgeous marble, the Pantheon is one of the most impressive monuments of Augustan Rome.
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Neighborhood: Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
With three of Rome’s most beloved piazzas within a five-minute walk of each other, the Navona/Pantheon/Campo area may be the prettiest and most picturesque area of the city. Join the beautiful throngs hanging out in cafes, boutiques, art galleries, and wine bars, or peek at a neighborhood museum or monument. If you want nonstop movida, the streets here are busy with chic bicyclists and Vespa drivers, street vendors, merchants, and locals. There is no rhyme or reason to its winding streets and there's something to see around every corner, so take pleasure in a spontaneous wander.
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Mairwen1
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The Pantheon is Rome’s great survivor. Built by the Roman emperors Agrippa and Hadrian around 2000 years ago, it has survived Barbarian invaders, wars, fire, looting and the elements and has remained in almost constant use since.
Be prepared that the queue can be horribly long. We stayed just around the corner and walked past the Pantheon often. Several times the queue was so long that we skipped it, thinking that we’d easily find another time when it was not so bad. This didn’t really work. The queue was always pretty long and the only way to beat it was to be there first thing in the morning.
The inside is very different to the outside. From outside, the façade has all the typical features of a classical Roman temple including a portico, Corinthian columns and pediment.
Inside, the dome is the real mind-boggler. It is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. Never been beaten. That is quite an engineering feat and it required a few building tricks to stop the weight of the dome from causing the whole thing to just fall inwards. To avoid collapse, they built the foundations and lower walls out of heavy stone like travertine, then as they built upwards, they made the concrete thinner and added pumice so that it was quite lightweight.
Finally, as you look up, you stare straight into the the oculus, the ‘eye’ of the dome. It looks small but that’s a trick of the eye. It’s actually 8.2m across. It just looks small because the interior is so big. The sunlight streams through but equally, so does the rain. You can spot the holes in the centre of the floor that allow the water to drain away.
It’s also worth noting that the marble floor tiles that you walk on are the original ancient Roman ones. Pretty incredible to think that the ancient Romans trod the same floor.
Several noteworthy tombs are here including Raphael and the first kings of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II and Umberto.
TIPS: It's free to enter Monday-Friday (on weekends, you need to have booked at least 24 hours ahead). Masks are still required inside. There is no information inside so a guidebook or audioguide (€8.50) is pretty helpful here.
Written July 28, 2022
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,413 contributions
The Pantheon is awesome and free! If you would like to pay for a tour or an audio guide, you should do that online ahead of time; otherwise, just show up and get in line. The line moved quickly, and the building was excellent on the inside. It has the largest unsupported dome, with the oculus open in the middle, and Raphael is buried in the Pantheon as well. We listened to the Rick Steves audio tour on his free app. We also went back at night to see the Pantheon lit up. This building was one of the highlights of our entire Italy trip!
Written March 29, 2022
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SueSueT
Fredericton, Canada151 contributions
This former Roman temple is stunning in its beauty and unbelievably well maintained with a central opening (oculus). The floors are marble and the tombs of Rahael, Vittoriao Emanuele II and Umberto I can be found around the room. There are massive granite Corinthian columns at the entrance from Egypt. There is always a line to get in but it moves quickly and there is no entry fee or reservation required. You may stay for as long as you wish, or until the kids get bored.
Written June 26, 2022
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Federico F
Vicenza, Italy78 contributions
Family
The pantheon is the best conserved Roman building in Rome, because during history it becomes a church. Nowadays the visit inside is free (there is always a big queue to enter) and inside there are the tombs of Italian kings, queens and artists. Very beautiful is the big Dome, the biggest in the ancient Roman architecture, and the square in front of it is really nice too
Written May 14, 2022
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Christopher M
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Solo
Another must is Patheon. It's free entry but a valid green card is required.   The queue was quite long and someone was offering a guided tour for 15 € euros which included a queue jump so I took it.

Jessica from Vatican Tour Company gave us some incredible insights about this building inside and out things that we simply would not realise if I just went in unguided. A very enthusiastic and vibrant tour and Jessica shared with us a special secret about The Pantheon that could make your future visit to this site even more spectacular but you have to ask her personally.

The architect is the one and same Hadrian that built the wall in on the Scottish border and
Written September 13, 2021
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Ayslin
Dublin, Ireland49 contributions
This was one of the few "must-sees" during our trip to Rome. The entrace is free (however over the weekend and Bank Holidays you must book a visit). Don't get discourgaded by the long looking queue - it moves very fast.
If there is a queue while waiting to go in you can admire the marvellous and imposing columns at the entrance. It is a magnificant building that has stood the test of time.
Written May 7, 2022
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Katie A
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Couples
My fiancé is a huge history nerd so we were really looking foreword to this. We turned up on a Saturday to find you need a reservation, so we couldn’t go in. We then went back the following Tuesday, queued up to be then told by one of the guards that because my fiancé was wearing a vest top we couldn’t go in. The guard was very patronising and unprofessional . So we went to a nearby shop and my fiancé bought a T-shirt to put on. We queued up again and finally got in.
When we got inside we were a little underwhelmed. The outside of the pantheon is more impressive than the inside. Inside it’s just a church, and there’s more grand and beautiful churches than that in Rome. To top it all off there were more grumpy guards walking around inside telling us and other people to take our caps off, but other hats were allowed apparently. Don’t bother with a paid tour as it’s small inside.

There were no signs outside stating the dress code, the guards were rude and kinda ruined the experience. We obeyed the rules when told to, it wasn’t clear there were any rules and there was a lot of people being shown away because they weren’t dressed accordingly. The rules were more enforced here than when we went to the Vatican. We had a better time eating ice-cream and sitting by the fountain outside and admiring the pantheon building.
Written July 8, 2022
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK8,520 contributions
Unlike a couple of hours earlier, by midday the area was now packed and we waited for 20 minutes in the queue. We actually joined a tour along with a Scottish couple to learn a bit about the history. The guards in the building were obsessive about face masks and mask positioning which was quite ironic as most people in the queue didn't even put them on until they went in! The guide explained about this being one of the earliest Imperial buildings although it was then repaired and rebuilt by Hadrian at the turn of the first century. Unlike most of the pre Christian temples, this wasn't destroyed by over zealous Christians and was converted into a church.

The design was quite incredible with the dome slowly decreasing in thickness as it climbed and the building materials being swapped for lighter versions, eventually ending at pumice for the very top. The oculus at the centre is open to the elements and represents the pathway to heaven, being where Romulus was allegedly transported to heaven after being struck by lightning. The dome is apparently the largest unsupported dome in the world and Michealangelo built the dome of St Peters half a metre smaller as a sign of respect.
Written February 7, 2022
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Tanya T.
Illinois1,501 contributions
...I had been to Rome before and saw the Pantheon but didn't go inside. One of the locals urged me to visit it and when I did, I found a line wrapped around the entire plaza around 10:30 AM. I thought "OK, just go for it" and I stood in line. It moved rather quickly and I don't think it took more than 25 minutes before I reached the front entrance. The architecture is amazing and the inside is pristine and gorgeous. The center area is roped off so that you can't stand directly under the open roof (what a traffic jam that would be). It was definitely worth the wait!
Written May 31, 2022
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Noni
Hannover, Germany52 contributions
Due to covid restrictions, the wait is quite long during peak hours (20+ mins).
It's just one big room. I highly recommend you take part in a guided tour or at least get yourself an audio guide, otherwise you'll be done in a handful of minutes.
Written October 23, 2021
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