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Pantheon, Rome

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Nearly 2,000 years old, Pantheon is the only building from the Greco-Roman world that has remained substantially intact and in continuous use throughout its long history. A marvel of ancient architecture, it still boasts the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. Originally designed to be a temple to all the gods of the ancient Rome, the site has been used as a Roman Catholic church, dedicated to St. Mary, since the seventh century. The building features large, granite Corinthian columns. Don't skip this site if it's raining; seeing and hearing the rain pouring into this ancient building through the hole in the ceiling is a special experience. Arrange to visit Pantheon and other attractions in Rome using our Rome road trip tool .
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  • The Pantheon is one of the few major attractions in Rome that you can still just walk right in to (when it's open obviously). It's really cool to see, and there's no cost. Just walk in, look around, a...  more »
  • All part of the Roman history, you must see and experience in person! We went during a busy time, so I highly recommend going during April/May or September  more »
  • A short and easy walk from most Rome Hotels...and worth it too. Trevi Fountain is nearby, so you can do the "double dip".  more »
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  • You cannot experience this architectural beauty which has resisted the tide of time. Ergo, I'll stick to how to visit it. You don't need to buy tickets to enter the Pantheon. But timing is important if you don't want to waste time in queues. An hour before closing time is perfect. I used Rick Steve's audio guide which is a half hour long podcast with directions. It's not only free, but it's highly informative and easy to follow. Pro-tip: Use an app for the guide and stay away from guides and vendors
  • I'm not sure I got to see the most of the Pantheon as I came here just at the end of the day but it is beautiful. I would have liked to have taken some time to read the history of it before going. The outside usually has street performers of some sort and the interior shows a great deal of love and care in its maintenance. If I return to Rome I'd like to go back and spend some time there.
  • Perhaps we got lucky, but when we entered this spectacular building (later in the evening), there were no queues. It is kind of sad that a place of originally pagan worship got transformed into a Christian temple, though given the historical context it is completely understandable. Even so this place is beautiful. I would really advise you to go around the whole Pantheon, because you will see the remains of the original architectural style and design, which is not so evident on the inside of it. On rainy days you will also see the way the water is redirected around the cupola.
  • A grandiose monument oozing with history and historical characters. Line-ups can be long, so best to beat the mid-morning tour buses. With the open roof, lighting is key to some fantastic photography. If time permits, come here a few times from early morning to sundown to catch the nuances of colours and highlights.
  • What a spectacular feat of engineering. Hard to understand how they could design and build such a structure without computers or digital calculators. Hard to imagine how they could build the Pantheon without machines. The intelligence and artistic beauty of this building make it a must see landmark to truly appreciate what humans can do even with limited resources

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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