Originally built in 27 BC and rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in 120 AD, the temple has been damaged and plundered over time. In 609 AD it became a Christian church dedicated to the Madonna. In the 17th century some of its bronze ceiling was taken and melted down for use in St Peter's Basilica. Important figures such as King Victor Emmanuel II and the artist Raphael are buried in the Pantheon.
Review by Adam, USA, March 2013
Doing what: Rome Super Saver: Colosseum and Ancient Rome with Best of Rome Afternoon Walking Tour
I thought that the Colosseum with Ancient Rome tour was absolutely worth it. Our guide was excellent and the sites were so great. I felt that this was by far the most efficient way to see all of that, and I also thought it was the most efficient way to gain in depth knowledge on the matter. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, easy to understand, and she kept it very interesting.
The Best of Rome Afternoon Walking Tour segment was only a three star tour. It was interesting and we saw some wonderful stuff. However, the tour ended in the middle of the city with no easy access to public transportation and the guide wasn't very helpful in providing directions back to the train station or bus. The guide also was over blowing the speaker and that made it difficult to understand what she was saying. I thought she was very friendly, but not up to the quality of the other two guides I have had. The sites seen on this tour were really great, but for me only the Pantheon was at all comparable to the majesty and grandeur seen on the Colosseum and Ancient Rome section of the tour.
This tour gets five stars because the Colosseum and Ancient Rome part of the tour was spectacular. But I only give the afternoon tour three stars. This tour was still by far the most efficient way to see Ancient Rome and anything else on the tour.
It poured during our walking tour and we were the only couple on this tour. Not the best of situations for an outside walking tour but we made the best of it. Luckily we got a brief respite during our tour of the Colleseum and the Forum as they are best enjoyed when it is not raining. Our tour guide, Micheala, was amazing under the circumstances. She is a trained archaeologist and was so knowledgeable it brought everything to life for us. The Colleseum was overwhelming. The fact that it was raining while we were in the Pantheon, which has an open roof, was actually pretty interesting. I never saw it rain in the middle of a church on the marble floors. They have built in drainage in the floor. This added to our experience. Don't forget the throw a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain to make sure you sre destined to come back to Rome. Definitely worth taking the tour - I will cross my fingers for sunny weather for you but, just in case, don't forget your umbrella!
This tour was the best we booked with Viator. It covered just about all the ancient areas of Rome that any person visiting should see. The Roman Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Palazza Navona and more. It was ALOT of walking, but our tour guide, Viviana, was very knowledgable - an archeologist by trade!