Rome Pantheon area

The Pantheon is undeniably one of the most popular attractions in Rome that every visitor has on his or her “must-see” list. And we can understand why: it’s ancient, beautiful, very impressive and can be visited for free! The monument that was built by emperor Hadrian in 126 AD still stands today. It was built as a temple for the gods of Ancient Rome, but today it functions as a Catholic church that can be visited daily between 9 am – 7:30 pm (on Sundays it closes at 6 pm). It has the greatest number of records; including that of best preserved Roman building and it has the biggest concrete dome that wasn’t reinforced in the history of architecture! The Pantheon contains tombs of important historical figures such as the well-known Renaissance artist Raphael and two Italian kings.

The Pantheon is situated at Piazza della Rotonda and is surrounded by many other attractions we highly recommend visiting as well. So if you’ve seen enough of this glorious temple, it’s time to move on and explore the rich Pantheon area and all its ancient and modern treasures…

Things to do around the Pantheon in Rome

You could start with heading west, where you will find the wonderful Piazza Navona square. This large and lively square will offer you plenty to do and see! Built on top of the historical Domitian’s Stadium (you can still trace its shape), there are various eye catchers situated in and around this square: the Neptune & Moor fountain, the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone and Bernini’s Four Rivers fountain with an Egyptian obelisk in the middle of it. It plays a role in Dan Brown’s “Angels and Demons” – his famous thriller that was turned into a block buster movie in 2008.

We have plenty more recommendations about what to do near the Pantheon however in order to prevent you from getting too tired (especially if it’s summer which can get pretty hot in Italy), we suggest you have a snack and relax at one of Piazza Navona’s outdoor cafes. There’s usually lots of entertainment around so you won’t be bored sitting here watching the crowds, the surrounding buildings and the public art.

Looking for some shopping in the Pantheon area? We know just the place where your shopping needs will be fulfilled. Located towards the north is Via del Corso – this main street is filled with the best shops and restaurants. As almost every street corner and street in Rome, there’s a history behind it… And Via del Corso, which was used as a racetrack for riderless horses during the Roman Carnival from the 15th century to the 19th, is no exception.

Finished with shopping? Then walk on to the nearby Trevi Fountain, another sight you surely wouldn’t want to miss when in Rome! It is arguably the most beautiful fountain in the Eternal City and almost certainly the most famous one. Go and decide for yourself if it deserves all that fame. And don’t forget to throw a coin in the fountain with its stunning sculptures of sea horses and mythological figures, to ensure that you – as the tradition says – will one day return to the city of Rome.

Find out more about all above mentioned attractions by watching our free travel video guides!

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.

USD 70.65$

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first and second tiers of this A-list attraction with a guide, learning about the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum’s gory gladiatorial games. Finish with a tour of the Roman Forum in Ancient Rome and admire incredible ruins, like the Temple of Julius Caesar.

If you want to see the Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier, then upgrade! – These areas that are either newly opened or normally off-limits.

USD 60.22$

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

See the Vatican as VIPs do – with this once-in-a-lifetime private Sistine Chapel viewing and tour of the Vatican Museum's secret rooms. This exclusive gives you unprecedented VIP access to the magnificent rooms that are usually off-limits to the public, allowing you to see a side of the Vatican that most never will. Be awed by secret rooms like the Niccoline Chapel and the Room of Gold, and see sights like Raphael’s Rooms.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. End your tour with an after-hours private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for your group (average 15 people) and guide. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel – including The Creation of Adam – is considered the most influential fresco in the history of Western art. See it with no crowds, linger over every detail, and earn one-of-a-kind bragging rights for the rest of your life!

USD 382.19$

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch in Naples, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.

Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 1, till March 8. During these months, your volcano hike is replaced with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.

USD 155.19$

Capri Day Trip from Rome

Visit the chic island of Capri on a day trip from Rome, led by an expert local guide! After traveling from Rome to Naples, cross over to the gorgeous island to see its highlights. Hop aboard a boat to the Blue Grotto if you wish, and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the hilltop village of Anacapri. Explore Capri’s main town at leisure, and then leave the island for your journey back to Rome.

USD 149.63$