Piazza della Rotonda Tours

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One of the liveliest squares in the heart of Rome, Piazza della Rotonda is lined with bustling bars, historical cafés, and alfresco restaurant tables. The piazza was built around the Pantheon, one of the city’s most famous ancient monuments, which predates the square by about a thousand years.

The Basics
Piazza della Rotonda was created in the mid-15th century when Pope Eugenius IV decided to clear the mass of market stalls and urban hovels that were spoiling the view of the Pantheon. The fanciful marble fountain was built in 1575 by Giacomo della Porta, to which a baroque Egyptian-style obelisk was added in 1711.

Private or small-group tours of Rome’s most famous landmarks generally include a stop in Piazza della Rotonda, as do themed tours highlighting classical Roman or baroque sights. In addition to this important square, skip-the-line Rome highlights tours may include the Colosseum, Vatican, and Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi). You can opt for a walking tour or see the piazza by luxury van, scooter, or golf cart. For a more romantic visit, join a tour at sunset or by night, when the Pantheon is dramatically lit and the square is particularly beautiful.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The square is pedestrian only and crowded with street performers, so a nice stop for families with young children.
  • If joining a tour of the historical center of Rome and Piazza della Rotonda on foot, wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat.
  • The public square is easy to navigate with a wheelchair or stroller, though the cobblestones can make crossing a bit bumpy.
  • A number of Rome’s most beloved cafés and gelato shops are in or near the square, making this the perfect spot for a quick espresso or cone.

How to Get There
Piazza della Rotonda is located in the historical city center of Rome, about halfway between the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. To reach the square from the Termini train station, take one of several buses to the Argentina stop on Largo di Torre Argentina, a quick walk away. 

When to Get There
Piazza della Rotonda is a lively spot to visit year-round. To get a comprehensive feel for the square, come during the day and again at night, when the Pantheon is lit. On summer evenings the space is crowded with buskers and street musicians, making it especially magical. 

The Pantheon
The square is named for Santa Maria Rotonda, the official name of the Pantheon. This remarkable building dates from 27 BC, but was entirely reconstructed by Emperor Hadrian in the early second century AD. It is almost completely intact, and the interior is illuminated by a shaft of sunlight peeping through the round oculus in the dome. The building is the resting place of Italian kings Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I, as well as the artist Raphael.
Location
Address: Piazza della Rotonda, Sant’Eustachio, Rome, Lazio 00186, Italy
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Classical Rome City Tour with Trevi Fountain and Pantheon

Get more bang for your buck by booking this guided 3-hour tour of Rome's greatest hits – from fountain-studded Piazza Navona to the intimate Campo de' Fiore to the winding lanes of the Centro Storico. By foot and private coach, the 3-hour tour is a great way to see the best of the Eternal City. Or upgrade to a full-day tour (with or without lunch) to see even more: the sites of Imperial Rome and even the Church of St. Peter in Chains with its magnificent Michelangelo sculptures. Then finish the day with a skip-the-line tour of the Colosseum.
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Discovering Rome - Squares and Fountains Tour

See the top attractions in the Eternal City with this efficient 3-hour walking tour of Rome. Walk through piazzas and streets to see monuments such as the Pantheon, Palazzo Farnese and Trevi Fountain.
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Private Tour: Things to Do in Rome and Vatican in Just One Day

Enjoy a bit of royal treatment in Rome and Vatican City with this 6-hour private tour including fast entrance to some of the main sights. Spend the morning seeing the highlights of ancient Rome, such as the Pantheon, Colosseum, Forum and the space where Julius Caesar was assassinated. Visit the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica in the afternoon. Go back in time to the eras of gladiators, emperors and popes. Get valuable insights into this historic city from your knowledgeable guide.
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Skip the Line Rome in a Day Colosseum Vatican and Gems of Rome Private or Semi Private Tour

Make the most of your time in Rome on an action-packed day of exploration with local guides. In the morning, journey back in time on a tour of Imperial Rome’s ancient monuments including the Colosseum, Pantheon and Roman Forum. After a break for lunch, head straight for the highlights of the Vatican Museum’s world-class art collection, gaze up at the Sistine Chapel ceiling and explore the heart of the papacy in St Peter’s Square. Skip the long lines with priority access, and choose from a private or semi-private tour.
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Skip the Line Semi-Private Colosseum and Vatican in a Day

Skip the long lines outside Vatican City and immerse yourself in religious history on this 6-hour tour. Combine a 3-hour tour outlining all the facets of Ancient Rome with a 3-hour tour of the Vatican Museums, including St Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Through your guide's informative narrative, imagine what living in Rome was like during the time of emperors, popes and gladiators. In the Vatican Museums, see legendary works of art and holy places visited by millions of pilgrims. This small-group tour ensures personalized attention from your guide and an intimate atmosphere.
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Piazzas of Rome Small-Group Sunset Tour

See the piazzas of central Rome illuminated at night during a 3-hour walking tour of the city’s most important squares. Set out on foot before sunset from Piazza del Popolo, passing baroque fountains and statues en route to Campo de' Fiori. You’ll stop by Pincio Terrace, Piazza di Trevi, Piazza della Rotonda and Piazza Navona and hear about the city’s landmarks from your guide, an expert in art history. Numbers are limited to ensure a small-group experience.
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Private Golf Cart Tour by Night

Explore an illuminated Eternal City on this evening tour of Rome by golf cart. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the city’s piazzas, fountains and historical sights lit up after dark, from the Church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane to Piazza Barberini to the Spanish Steps. You’ll learn interesting things about the city from a knowledgeable guide, who shares information about Rome’s art and history.
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Private Tour: Skip-the-Line Colosseum and Gems of Rome

Explore the Colosseum and other Roman sights on this private tour that provides an in-depth look at the gems of the Eternal City, from the ancient to baroque eras. Learn about the days of emperors and gladiators as you tour the Colosseum, visit the Roman Forum and the site where Julius Caesar was killed, see the Pantheon, and end at Piazza Navona, one of the city’s prettiest squares. On a private tour, you’ll enjoy a more personalized experience.
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Skip-the-Line Colosseum and Gems of Rome Small-Group or Private Tour

Step back in time to a world of gods, gladiators and emperors on a 3-hour tour of ancient Roman highlights. Hear legends of the Roman Empire as you visit its most impressive surviving monuments including the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon. You’ll also see Rome’s Baroque side at the famed Piazza Navona and stop at a café for a taste of authentic gelato or espresso. Skip the long lines with priority access, and choose from a private or semi-private tour with a maximum of 13 people.
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Full-Day Private Scooter Tour of Historical Rome

Explore Rome like a local on a private 7-hour scooter tour of the city’s historic sites and highlights. Follow the footsteps of gladiators and emperors in the Colosseum, then learn about the fierce chariot races held at the Circus Maximus. Channel ancient armies and heroes as you zip down the Appian Way and go beneath the city streets into the shadowy Catacombs. Spend the afternoon exploring the vibrant piazzas and fountains at the heart of the city, see a riverside castle and take in the sweeping views from Janiculum Hill.
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Private Baroque Rome - Fountains and Squares Walking Tour

Discover the baroque sights of Rome on a private tour of some of the city's most popular squares and fountains. Attractions you'll see include the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
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Walking tour: Rome and its Obelisks

The coming together of two different cultures thanks to the vanity of Emperors and Popes.
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Private Rome Walking Tour Including Piazzas and Fountains

Walk through centuries of Roman history with a private guide, and discover the monuments and stories of bygone Rome. After a tour of the Colosseum to learn about the brutal gladiatorial battles that once took place there, you’ll hear tales of Julius Caesar as you walk along the Via Sacra to the Roman Forum. Last, you’ll enjoy a visit to the Pantheon, one of the best-preserved relics of Ancient Rome.
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3-Hour Roman Baroque Caput Mundi Walking Tour

See Rome’s spectacular Baroque sites on a three-hour walking tour that explores Roman squares, fountains, palaces, and churches from the 17th and 18th centuries. With an expert guide to help bring the architecture to life, you’ll see top highlights that include the Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and more, using a headset so you don’t miss a word as you walk. This 3-hour Roman Baroque walking tour is led by an art historian guide, and it’s limited to 15 people for a more personal experience.
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