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Experience divine wonder in the temple of all gods.

The Pantheon is not only the best-preserved ancient Roman monument in the world, but it’s also the most copied. It is a must-see attraction during your visit to Rome.

Visitors outside the Pantheon in Rome
The Pantheon in Rome is one of the city’s most recognizable buildings


  • Visit the tomb of the great Renaissance artist Raphael.
  • Gaze up at the oculus, the opening to the heavens.
  • Marvel at the architectural wonder that is the coffered concrete dome – the biggest ever built.

Visiting the Pantheon in Rome

It was originally built as a temple in ancient Rome, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus. However, the structure we see today is actually a reconstruction dating back to around 126 AD, commissioned by Emperor Hadrian. 

The Pantheon has served various purposes over the centuries, including as a temple dedicated to all Roman gods. Its iconic dome, with its famous oculus, is a marvel of engineering and architectural design. 

The Pantheon is an active Catholic church

Today the Pantheon is a Catholic church, whose name is Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres. Despite many modifications made to the structure over time, a Latin inscription adorning the temple’s façade serves as a reminder of its founder.

A front view of the Pantheon’s façade from Piazza della Rotonda

One of the most notable attractions in Rome, the Pantheon stands as a testament to the grandeur of ancient Rome, attracting visitors from around the world.

Where is the Pantheon?

The Pantheon is in the heart of Rome, a few steps away from Largo Argentina and Piazza Navona

How to Reach the Pantheon

Rome’s city center is a traffic-restricted zone. It’s usually easier to reach the Pantheon using public transport, especially during the daytime. The stop you will need to reach is likely Largo Argentina, and it’s 5 minute’s walk away from your destination.

Largo Argentina

  • From Termini station, hop on the 64 bus.
  • If you are near the Colosseum and San Giovanni area, buses 51, 87, and 81 can get you to the Pantheon.
  • Metro is about a 15-minute walk away. To reach the Pantheon by metro, use the ‘Barberini’ metro stop on line A and walk on via del Tritone.
  • You can take a taxi that can take you to Piazza della Rotonda, where the Pantheon is.

Taxis will take you next to the Pantheon

E-bikes and scooters in Largo Argentina

Once you’re in the area, if you are not sure which way to go, use your GPS on your phone or rely on an old-fashioned map. 

And, if you’re lost, don’t be shy to ask for directions from a local. Most will be very happy to help you and will point you toward the main entrance.

Pantheon Opening Times and Admission Tickets

The Pantheon is open to the public every day from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00  p.m. (last admission is 6.45 pm). Times can vary on religious holidays, so make sure you check with the official website before planning your visit.

Do I Need a Ticket to Access the Pantheon?

Starting from July 1st, 2023, there is a €5 fee to enter the Pantheon. However, Roman residents, individuals under 18, protected categories, and teachers with school groups don’t need to pay. People between 18 and 25 years old will pay €2.

You can learn more about the Pantheon from one of these machines

How to Book Your Visit to the Pantheon

At present, no advance reservations are required for admission to the Pantheon on weekdays (Monday to Friday). However, if you intend to visit on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays, it is advisable to book your ticket in advance through the Pantheon’s official website or via a tour operator. Making bookings up to 7 days before the day of your intended visit is possible.

  • Rome Tourist Card (bestseller) – See the best of Rome with this popular combi-ticket. Includes access to The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica (official guided tour), and more…
  • Pantheon tickets – Overview page of the different ticket types.

Pantheon Guided Tour

Get the most out of your visit to the Pantheon with a guided tour. Enrich your experience by learning about the story behind the monument.

Important Ticket Information: 

  • Pick your time slot online, but remember to arrive earlier, as there may be a waiting period due to safety checks.
  • Please bring your photo ID; the printed or mobile ticket; and appropriate attire (no shorts, vests, or sleeveless tops).
  • The meeting point is at the welcome desk inside the Pantheon.
  • Reduced tickets are available for children from ages 8 to 14.
  • Children aged 7 and under go free.

Guided Tour of the Pantheon – Extra Times

Due to growing demand, extra visit hours have been added on weekends. This ticket provides the same experience as the ticket listed above, just with different time slots. The booking process is also the same.

This ticket is perfect for anyone who wants to visit the Pantheon on a Saturday or Sunday.

Rome Tourist Card

Elevate your experience visiting the Pantheon with this nifty card which offers you a downloadable guide for your smartphone.

With the same pass, you can also enjoy visiting other famous Roman attractions, such as skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel; a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica; and priority entrance to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill.

Simply select your visit dates online and receive the tickets by email.

What’s Included:

  • An audio guide for a self-guided in-depth tour of the Pantheon.
  • High-quality visuals and commentaries by local experts.
  • Offline, interactive digital maps and navigation.

Inside the Pantheon

The stunning ceiling right before the entrance


If you book a ticket for a particular time, it’s important to show up on time. Plan in advance, especially if you’re reaching the Pantheon by public transport.

The Pantheon is indeed a crowded tourist attraction, but it’s also an active Catholic church. 

A modest dress code is required, and you may not be allowed inside if you’re wearing short shorts, short skirts, as well as backless or sleeveless dresses.

Please respect the dress code

Facilities at the Pantheon

In the Pantheon, there’s a welcome desk on the left. You can go there to get an official audio guide and buy souvenirs. The audio guides are available in English, Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Portuguese, and Russian.

Welcome desk and souvenir shop inside the Pantheon

There isn’t a public toilet inside the Pantheon. However, you can find plenty of bars and restaurants in Piazza della Rotonda, which normally have these facilities.

The entrance to the Pantheon is also easily accessible with just one step.

The step at the entrance of the Pantheon

What to See Inside the Pantheon

Inside the Pantheon, there are several notable things to see.

The Pantheon

  • Tombs: Italy’s first king is buried here, along with the famous artist Raphael.

Raphael’s tomb

The tomb of Italy’s first king, Vittorio Emanuele

  • Dome: The dome of the Pantheon is particularly fascinating. It features an open hole that allows sunlight – and rain – to enter, creating a unique and striking effect.

The stunning dome of the Pantheon

  • Chapels: Inside, you will find chapels dedicated to saints, such as Saint Joseph and the Madonna of Clemency.
  • Statues, paintings, and frescoes: Take a moment to appreciate the detailed frescos displayed on the walls.

Paintings and bas-reliefs inside the Pantheon

  • Floors: Don’t overlook the coloured marble floors at the Pantheon. Be sure to take a moment to admire their beauty.

Pantheon floors


The Pantheon is situated in the heart of Rome’s city center, offering you numerous options for activities once your visit is complete.

  • Have espresso at La Casa del Caffè Tazza d’Oro. This coffee house holds a significant place in the history of Roman espresso.

The best coffee house in the area

  • Don’t miss the opportunity to have a traditional Roman lunch at Armando al Pantheon, a beloved restaurant among locals.
  • If you’re feeling hungry and in the mood for a healthy breakfast, make your way to Ginger Sapori e Salute in Piazza di Sant’Eustachio.
  • For an old-fashioned smoothie, head to Frullati Pascucci in via di Torre Argentina. The place has been there for 50 years, so they have been doing something right.

Your new favourite smoothie place in Rome

  • Elephant and Obelisk is a beautiful sculpture by Gian Lorenzo Bernini that you don’t want to miss. It’s in Piazza della Minerva, a few steps away from Pantheon.

    Elephant and Obelisk by Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • Piazza Navona is renowned as one of the most exquisite public open spaces in Rome. It occupies the location where the Stadium of Domitian once stood, dating back to the 1st century AD. The design of the square retains the shape of the original stadium.
  • Campo de’ Fiori market has been a beloved destination for both locals and tourists for many years. Make sure not to miss the opportunity to taste a slice of freshly baked pizza bianca (pizza bread) from the renowned bakery, Forno Campo de’ Fiori.
  • The Trevi Fountain is a short distance away from the Pantheon and is an absolute must-see when exploring the heart of Rome. This grand and picturesque fountain is considered one of Rome’s most treasured gems. As it tends to attract large crowds, it is advisable to visit early in the day if you wish to avoid the majority of the crowds.

Did you Know That: 5 Interesting Facts

  1. The dome is bigger than that of St. Peter’s Basilica.

  2. Michelangelo once said that he felt the Pantheon was the work of angels, not men. High praise from one of the most famous artists who ever lived.

  3. The name comes from two Greek words: pan, ‘everything’, and theon, ‘divine’.

  4. The inscription ‘M.AGRIPPA.L.F.COS.TERTIVM.FECIT’ on the facade is in Latin and means: ‘Marcus Agrippa, the son of Lucius, three times consul, built this.’

  5. According to legend, it was built on the site where Romulus, the founder of Rome, ascended into the sky to join the gods.


  • The original structure, built between 25 and 27 B.C.E. by the consul Agrippa, was a small temple dedicated to the Roman gods.

  • The emperor Domitian rebuilt it in 80 C.E. after a fire, but only 30 years later, it was hit by lightning and caught fire again.

  • It was then rebuilt in its current form by Emperor Hadrian, known for his eclectic tastes.

  • Over the years, it was repaired by various emperors, which helped to preserve it. 

  • In 609 C.E., Pope Boniface IV converted it into a Christian church and consecrated it to St. Mary and the Martyrs. Its status as a church saved it from abandonment and destruction over the following centuries.

  • Several important artists were buried there during the Renaissance, among them Raphael and Annibale Carracci.

  • In the 17th century, Pope Urban VIII ordered that the bronze ceiling of the portico be melted down, to be used to make bombards for the fortification of Castel Sant’Angelo.

  • After the reunification of Italy, two ‘modern’ kings chose to be buried there.

  • Today, apart from being a tourist attraction, the Pantheon is still in use as a Catholic church. Masses are celebrated there, as well as holy days and even the occasional wedding.


What is the Pantheon in Rome famous for?

The Pantheon is famous for being the most preserved monument of ancient Rome. It was constructed as a temple dedicated to the Gods and became the burial ground for several important people, including famous artists and kings.

Is Pantheon Rome Free?

Starting from July 1st, 2023, there is a €5 fee to enter the Pantheon. However, Roman residents, individuals under 18, protected categories, and teachers with school groups don’t need to pay. People between 18 and 25 years old will pay €2.

What is inside the Roman Pantheon?

Inside the Pantheon, you will find many tombs, chapels, Renaissance art – frescoes, paintings, and sculptures.

Why is there a hole in the Pantheon?

There is a hole in the Pantheon (the oculus) to reduce the weight and stress on the dome ceiling and its most vulnerable point. The oculus also provides light. It was believed that the light was a connection between the temple and the Gods.

Pantheon map

Address: Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda , 00186 Roma, Italy · view larger map