How to visit Pantheon, Rome: the best preserved Roman monument

A quick guide on how to visit the Pantheon, one of the most extraordinary monuments in Rome. Opening hours and how long you need to visit.

The Pantheon (“temple of all gods”) is one of the most amazing places you will find in Rome.

Emperor Adrian rebuilt it in 126 AD and, since then, it has been in continuous use, after becoming a church in the 7th century. This means that it didn’t suffer any of the damages, spoliation and destruction that transformed all the majestic Roman palaces and buildings into ruins. The 43 meters wide dome is an amazing engineering masterpiece: you need to wait until Brunnelleschi dome in Florence to find an equivalent achievement.

Walking inside the Pantheon will give you a true feeling of Roman greatness.

Opening times of the Pantheon:
The Basilica is open weekdays from 9,00am to 7.30 pm
On Sunday from 9,00am to 6pm.
On public holidays that fall on a weekday the Basilica will stay open
from 9,00am to 1pm.
Closed on: 1st January, 1st May and the 25th December

The admission is free (it’s a church)

How long does it takes to visit the Pantheon?

The Pantheon is not a large monument, so the duration of the visit really depends on your specific level of interest. An average visit will take around 20 or 30 minutes, including time for some pictures. On the other side, if you are passionate by Roman architecture and Italy history you could easily spend one hour in the Pantheon.

A good moment to visit the pantheon is in the evening, just before it closes, when all the tourists are gone.

You can get an audio guide at the entrance or visit the Pantheon with a walking guided tour, which I strongly recommend.

In case you were interested in a guided tour, here is a good and affordable 3 hours walking guided tour.

For a walking itinerary around the Pantheon, click here.

To know more about ancient Rome sights have a look at my post “Rome in 5 days”

Enjoy your Pantheon visit!


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One Reply to “How to visit Pantheon, Rome: the best preserved Roman monument”

  1. I was just in Roma last week and visited this masterpiece. Fantastic! And the piazza surrounding it is lively & fun. Great memories drinking prosecco in the sunshine, listening to the musicians performing while gazing at the Pantheon!

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