Best recognized for its massive dome and center oculus, the Pantheon attracts millions of visitors as one of the most influential and well-preserved buildings of ancient Rome—its proximity to the gelaterias along Via della Maddalena is a bonus. Since AD 125, the temple-turned-church has astounded visitors with its awe-inspiring architecture, beautiful art, and Roman history. It also serves as the burial ground for the first king of Italy, Victor Emmanuel II, and Renaissance artist Raphael. You'll find tourists and locals admiring the structure from the steps of the obelisk in Piazza della Rotonda, a popular break spot.The Basics
The Pantheon is free to visit and open every day. Visitors shouldn’t miss the experience of passing through the vast bronze doors and standing under the center of the dome, where light (and sometimes rain) shines down into the open interior. You can learn about the building’s history and architectural design with an expert, local guide on a small-group or private guided tour. Many other tour options, lasting three to four hours, combine a visit to the Pantheon with skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum or other popular Roman highlights such as the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and the Roman Forum.
Things to Know Before You Go
How To Get to the Pantheon
- Wear comfy shoes, as walking tours are among the most popular ways to see this site.
- If you’re not prepared to sweat through the summer heat, book a bus tour or a take a cool walking night tour around Rome’s illuminated fountains and buildings.
- Bring your appetite on a food tour of Rome’s historical center that passes the Pantheon.
- As the Pantheon is an active religious building, flash photography and loud conversations are discouraged.
- Don't miss the stunning Gothic interior of the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva church, just one block behind the Pantheon.
The Pantheon is located in the center of Rome, a short walk from the Tiber River, the main shopping street of Via del Corso, and many other attractions. It’s possible to walk to the site or catch a bus or tram to stop Largo di Torre Argentina.When to Get There
The Pantheon is open and popular with visitors every day. To see the building buzz with energy, attend weekend public mass, held Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 10:30am. Though the interior is not open at night, seeing the illuminated ancient architecture after dark is worth a visit in itself.