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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. Make Pantheon a part of your Rome vacation plans using our Rome travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 18, 2017
    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 »
  • August 18, 2017
    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 »
  • August 18, 2017
    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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  • Worth a visit. Don't let the long lines deter you. The entry is free. And the lines move fast. Lots of good eateries around. Choose any and enjoy the atmosphere around. You'll have music performances, mimes, acrobats. Nice place to see the ancient world and the current world merge.
  • Absolutely amazing place to see. You can see it as many times as you want on TV or in Movies, but until you take it all in in person you can't comprehend it. The architectural details are amazing to see, especially considering the age of this structure. It is hard to believe that it is free to step into this amazing piece of history. All I can say is to turn off your damn phone, don't take pictures, and just take some time and breathe. Take it all in as this is also a place of worship. Once you've don't that, then take some pictures, but it won't be able to capture this amazing place. A must visit for sure.
  • You'll totally stunned when you see this historical architecture. She's beautiful, with ancient bricks and stone cylinders. Although there is always crowds of tourists, the ambiance is peaceful inside the catholic church. As the admission is FREE, I suggest you to spend at least 2 hours strolling around. Rent an audio guide is recommended as well. Enjoy this amazing place with your eyes :)
  • One of the most amazing buildings I've ever been in. I was here on a sunny day and it was cool in here. There was a shaft of sunlight coming down through the ancient dome that made the most spectacular light inside. Read up on the history of the dome or listen to a guide - unbelievable.
  • It was absolutely great. Beautiful artwork and the ceiling is just fantastic. I hadn't even heard of it until I went to Rome. Had a great time, got there just at the right time to avoid queues. The area is surrounded by lovely restaurants too so you can chill and eat as the sun sets behind the Pantheon. FANTASTIC!!

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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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