Visiting The Pantheon Rome

A Practical Guide For Those Planning On Visiting The Pantheon

Interior Of The Pantheon Rome

Interior Of The Pantheon

Until the 20th century, the Pantheon was the largest concrete structure in the world. Michelangelo studied its great dome before starting work on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. Dating from 125 AD, this is the most complete ancient building in Rome and one of the city's most spectacular sights.

The Pantheon is the burial place of several important Italians (including the artist Raphael), and it remains an active church. It is a major tourist destination and a popular place for weddings.

What Is There To See At The Pantheon ?

The Pantheon is widely praised for its feats of architecture and concept of space. At 43m (142 ft) wide and 43m (142 ft) high, it is a perfect sphere resting in a cylinder. For the layman wandering into the Pantheon, (free entry, no queues) the first instinct is to look upwards at the Dome.

The oculus, the only source of natural light in the Pantheon, is a round opening in the centre of the dome. It is 27 feet in diameter and open to the sky (the floor is gently sloped to allow for runoff of rainwater).

Once you start to look around you, you are taken in by the opulence. Monumental tombs are set into the walls of Pantheon, including that of the artist Raphael (on the left side as you enter).

If you are really into the subject matter its worth getting an audio guide, there are some free pod downloads on the net.

Visiting Times At The Pantheon ?

There is a wide variance in how long people will typically take to visit the Pantheon. The average tourist, probably no more than 20 minutes, some will literally be in and out in 5 minutes while at the other extreme others may spend an hour. If you are short on time as most visitors are to Rome. its an ideal place to visit in the evening perhaps before finding a nice restaurant close by.

The Pantheon is open to the public daily, there is no admission charge and no security screening. Apart from Sunday, standard opening time is 8:30 a.m and closing time 7:30 p.m. The Pantheon is closed on some national holidays and if a mass is taking place.

The Pantheon itself is in the heart of the Ancient City Of Rome, fed by a few narrow lanes. The Piazza della Rotonda is a lively square filled with cafes, bars, and restaurants in front of the Pantheon.

The Pantheon Rome From Piazza della Rotonda

The Pantheon From Piazza della Rotonda

Its a hangout for financially challenged youth, sometimes a band may put in a performance. Somewhere to linger and people watch. The perimeter of piazza is lined with restaurants where you can do this.

Getting To The Pantheon

The narrow streets of Ancient Rome where you find the Pantheon are far too narrow for buses. All the popular hop on, hop off sightseeing buses have a stop a few minutes walk away also providing access to the Piazza Navona.

There is no Metro station nearby. By bus, the Piazza Argentina is on the route of many buses including the very frequent 40, 60 and 64 buses that shuttle between the Vatican, the centre of the city and then on up to wards Termini Station.

Free Self Guided Walks Trevi Fountain To/From Piazza Navona Via The Pantheon

Walking is the best (only) way of getting around really. Most visitors will amble to wards the Trevi Fountain or Piazza Navona, (both signposted). A classic Rome walk is to start at the Spanish Steps and end at Piazza Navona visiting the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon on the way.

Free Self Guided Walk - Spanish Steps To/From Trevi Fountain

Free Self Guided Walk - Trevi Fountain To/From Piazza Navona Via The Pantheon

Map Of Walk Between Trevi Fountain And Piazza Navona via The Pantheon

Map Of Walk Between Trevi Fountain And Piazza Navona via The Pantheon

Professional Walking Tours That Take In The Pantheon

Ancient Rome where the Pantheon is, is located in a maze of narrow lanes waiting to be explored. You seem to make another discovery around every corner.

Some people like to strike out independently clutching a good guide book, others just want to take in the atmosphere.

If you are really interested in understanding what you are witnessing then a local guide can show you the best of what there is to see and also offer someone to bounce of ideas for further exploration. There are many walking tours available. Below are two that take in the Trevi Fountain.

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