Rome’s Pantheon was one of the many famous tourist attractions in Rome that I was most eager to see on my visit to the Eternal City last year. Having studied art history in college I knew plenty of random facts and historically important tidbits about the Pantheon before showing up. Coffering anybody? Rumors before I arrived to Rome led me to believe the Pantheon would be every bit as majestic as I was expecting—and the rumors were true!
The Pantheon in Rome is one of the easier places to visit as a tourist in Rome, if you ask me. First of all, it’s free! It’s also quite impressive compared to just about any other major tourist attraction in Europe. It’s much more grandiose than it appears from the outside (or from the pages of my old Art History textbooks). The Pantheon’s dome is its shining feature—and shine it does. I spent at least a half hour being mesmerized by the sunlight spotlighting on the tiled floor.
Have you been to Rome’s Pantheon before? Were you as impressed as I was?
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Gorgeous photo. Haven’t been to Rome yet, but will make sure I get to the Pantheon when I do. Surprised (and glad) to hear that it’s free to visit — unusual for attractions like that.
Wow Cathy – surprised to hear you haven’t been to Cathy despite all your other Italy travels. Let me know when you do go, would be happy to provide some great recommendations!
And yep – I just love that the Pantheon is free.
we liked the pantheon… especially bc it wasn’t as crowded as some of the other attractions in rome. :)
Yes forgot to mention that as an important benefit! Surprising how less crowded it is despite being free and equally majestic…
The Pantheon was definitely one of my favourites in Rome too. I agree, from the outside it looks lovely, but not so spectacular; but inside, it’s pretty magical. Plus, it’s small enough that it doesn’t take a lot of time to take it in slowly and explore it thoroughly.
Well said Jessica. It’s a perfectly manageable size. When I visited in the summer, it was also a great place to keep cool as opposed to the Colosseum which was swelteringly hot.
The Pantheon is my favourite building in Rome! There’s a great rooftop bar nearby at the Hotel Minerve too
Ohh! I didn’t know about the rooftop bar – bet it’s a great view. Thanks for the tip Christina!
Rome is really an ideal city to get up close with Italian culture and history. Unfortunately I have never been to Rome but I hope I would be there very soon.
It’s an incredible city, Diana. Hope that you get the chance to visit sooner rather than later!