Pantheon, Rome

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  • Rome: 35-Minute Pantheon Audio Guide Tour

    1. Rome: 35-Minute Pantheon Audio Guide Tour

    Make your way to the Pantheon to explore the best-preserved monument of ancient Rome. Collect your audio guide at the desk inside the Pantheon to begin learning about its fascinating history. Make use of 15 listening points and a map to locate points of interest inside the basilica. Learn the history of the building and how it later came to be used a church and a mausoleum. The Pantheon, built between 25 and 27 B.C., is the only ancient Roman building that has remained nearly intact through the centuries. Dedicated to all the gods of Pagan Rome, the temple was built by the Emperor Hadrian on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus. Classified as a temple, the original use of the Pantheon and how people worshipped there is unknown as the structure is different from other traditional Roman temples, such as the Roman Forum.

    Thorough audio information on the history of the Pantheon. Definitely adds to the experience.

  • Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    2. Rome: Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

    The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colloseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and magestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” by foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Location highlights include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

    Rome is so big and the best way to save time and see all the attractions is to take the Big Bus.

  • Pantheon Guided Tour

    3. Pantheon Guided Tour

    During this tour you will get to see many amazing sights, including the Elephant by Bernini, as well as the Inquisition - where, infamously, Galileo was put on trial. Your guide will tell you all about the great Michelangelo and his depiction of Christ on the cross. You will also learn about the Basilica of Neptune and the thermal baths. See the original Roman street level, the flood marks, and the marble freezes. You will also go inside the Pantheon to gaze at the jaw-dropping oculus and to see Rafaelo’s tomb. Along the way, you will hear lots of information as you explore three of the top ten sights in Rome.

  • Pantheon: Tour

    4. Pantheon: Tour

    Join a guided tour of the Pantheon and explore the history of the best-preserved monument from Ancient Rome. Founded in 25 BC as a temple to the 12 gods, the building went on to inspire one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, Raphael. Walk in through the Corinthian columns brought all the way from Egypt, and step on the ancient original marble floor of the temple. Your guide will let you in on the engineering secrets that made this monument the only one of its size and age to have survived in tact from Roman times. Admire the beauty of its proportions as Michelangelo did when he first saw this architectural jewel, and discover the pagan rational behind them. Learn how the remains of many martyrs were removed from the Christian catacombs and placed in the Pantheon on the orders of Pope Boniface IV In 608. Marvel at the immense dome with a diameter of 43 meters, and its famous ...

  • Rome: Half-Day Angels and Demons Semi-Private Tour

    5. Rome: Half-Day Angels and Demons Semi-Private Tour

    Explore Rome following the trail of Robert Langdon in Dan Brown's best-selling novel, Angels and Demons. The 3.5-hour tour begins at Pantheon, where Robert Langdon, the protagonist of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, arrives having misunderstood a clue. His intended destination was the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, and that is the tour's second stop. The church is noted for the Chigi Chapel, where Langdon found the first dead cardinal, branded with the word earth on his chest. Your next stop will be St. Peter's Basilica, the center of Christianity. In the middle of St. Peter’s Square you’ll find an obelisk surrounded by a wind compass rose. On the west ponente oval tile the protagonist found another dead cardinal, branded with the word air. After this, Langdon enters the Vatican’s secret archives to look for information about the Illuminati. From the Vatican you’ll head to the Chu...

    A great tour! Our guide Anestis was very knowledgeable about the history and the facts/fiction of the movie compared to the places we visited. He didn’t just give basic facts but told you what the book said, what the movie showed and what the truth is. He went out his way to answer all our questions. Amazing experience.

  • Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

    6. Rome: Colosseum and Vatican Tour

    Visit the Colosseum, one of the most iconic structures in the world. Skip the ticket line to access the Colosseum quickly and easily. Learn about the architecture and history of this massive amphitheater, which hosted senators, emperors, and gladiators, as well as animals from all over the world. You'll have the opportunity to visit Palatine Hill, site of the foundation of Rome, followed by exploring the Roman Forum site. Make your own way to the Vatican Museums. The complex is home to 54 different galleries and four statue museums: Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Chiaramonti, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Museo Gregoriano Egiziano. See some of the most famous works of art in the world, from artists including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Carvaggio, Raphael and Giotto, to name a few. The 54th gallery of the Vatican Museums is the famed Sistine Chapel, completed around 1483. View many...

  • Rome: City Center Highlights Tour by Electric-Assist Bicycle

    7. Rome: City Center Highlights Tour by Electric-Assist Bicycle

    Rome is a city filled with ancient monuments, bustling city streets, fascinating alleyways, and small, hidden squares. It is a sprawling city with many hills, and by foot it can be completely overwhelming. Today, you'll hop on an E-bike and experience the joys of Rome - from its elegant shopping streets to its ancient monuments - on a fun and healthy day of bike riding! You'll stop off many of the main attractions of Rome, and also have a chance to visit many charming smaller squares and buildings that are lesser-known. Your guide will take you from the Imperial Forum all the way through to the Pantheon and will share all about the history and curiosities that have made Rome's story - from its foundation to the present day. Morning Tour Highlights: Colosseum Imperial Forums Piazza Venezia and Vittoriano monument Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza del Popolo Park of Vi...

    Great tour with great people. The best way to experience Rome. We recommend the electrical bikes. Regards, Bas & Jeannette

  • Vatican City & Ancient Rome: One Day Combo Tour

    8. Vatican City & Ancient Rome: One Day Combo Tour

    See the important sites of Ancient Rome on this combination of 2 walking tours. Discover 2,000 years of Rome’s art and architecture in the morning. Then in the afternoon, see the highlights of the Vatican. In the morning, meet your guide and see monuments dating as far back as the Roman era. Visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine hill, which are some of the most important sites of Ancient Rome. In the afternoon, make your way to the Vatican where you’ll enjoy priority admission on your visits to St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican museums.

    Overall great experience, would 100% recommend to anyone wanting to do both tours in a day! We had two separate guides for the Vatican and Colosseum/Roman Forum but nothing Davide and Julio were amazing and very knowledgeable

  • Rome: Private 3.5-Hour Angels & Demons Tour by Golf Cart

    9. Rome: Private 3.5-Hour Angels & Demons Tour by Golf Cart

    Follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks’ character Robert Langdon in the 2009 movie Illuminati and explore the film locations of one of the most fascinating strips of film history in Rome. Enjoy a tour in a comfortable electric golf cart, which will be driven by your private tour guide. With the golf cart you can effortlessly reach all parts of the city including places that do not play a direct role in the film or book. You can get off at any time at any of the sights that interest you, such as the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Square, or the Colosseum. On this exciting Illuminati tour you follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks’ character Robert Langdon in his battle against time to save 4 cardinals and the explosive secrets of the Illuminati. Listen to exciting historical facts and background information as you explore the highlights of Rome. The film is based on the novel by Dan ...

  • Rome: Early Morning E-Bike Tour

    10. Rome: Early Morning E-Bike Tour

    The morning e-bike tours are led by expert local guides who ride with you inside the Eternal City. They explain how to use the 3D visor during the tour, while providing you with history and curiosities about each monument. Explore the Colosseum as never before through the interactive 3D certified reconstruction, integrated by a narrative voice of your guide and epic background music. Explore the city as it was 2000 years ago. A real moving and multi-sensory family experience, suitable for all ages.  The tour follows a carefully-designed itinerary, stopping at Rome’s most popular sites and recreating the ancient settings. You will see 3D reconstructions of the Circus Maximus, the School of the Gladiators, and much more. Your guide will always be with you, who will inform you about everything you really see with the 3D visors. Other viewpoints throughout the route include the Colosseum, ...

    Highly recommended! Good bikes, very good service! Nicolo showed us the best places to see and details we would have discovered on our own. We saw a lot more than we could have seen walking, but without being exhausted! Our tour was on Saturday morning, traffic was very low. An experience we would not like to miss!

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    Opening times vary throughout the year. The Basilica is open weekdays from 9:00AM to 7:30PM. On Sunday from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. On public holidays that fall during the workweek, the Basilica will stay open from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Closed on: January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.

  • How much does it cost to visit?

    Not a thing. The Pantheon is free to visit all year round! This makes it the perfect spot to pop in and out of on a trip to Rome, or to linger a while longer and take a guided tour.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Monday - Saturday 9:00AM to 7:30PM. Sunday 9:00AM to 1:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free!
  • Will I need a guide?
    Nope, feel free to wander. However, audio guides and tours are available if you want to enhance your experience.
  • How to get there
    You can easily get the Pantheon by foot. It's located near the Trevi Fountain and there are plenty of signposts.
  • Additional information
    This site is still an active Catholic church and place of prayer so remember to speak softly and dress respectably.

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What people are saying about Pantheon, Rome

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 11,977 reviews

Our driver Vladimir went out of his way to ensure we saw and did everything we wanted to and moreover showed us places and viewpoints unknown to us. He found the most delicious pizza and ice cream .He was courteous and helpful when getting in and out of the car and didn’t rush us. All in all a very enjoyable trip

Very informative, very nice tour. I recommend. The guide has really enormous knowledge and love to talk. Just perfect.

Great walk through a wonderful city with a very passionate guide. Thx Andrada for all the stories <3

A great experience. Everything is very uncomplicated as it should be on vacation. Gladly again

Very informative. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly service.