Rome The Pantheon

When visiting Rome, a must-see attraction is the Pantheon. The magnificent Pantheon was built by Marcus Agrippa, the son in law of the first roman emperor, Emperor Augustus, at 27 BC, who did not only build this temple, he also built two other buildings before the Pantheon, and on the exact site. In 126 AD emperor Hadrian rebuilt the Pantheon leaving only the portico in front of the building as it is since the time Agrippa built originally. This building that used to function as a temple for all gods in ancient Rome is the most preserved and complete Roman building till this day. Along with lots of other functions throughout the years, in the 7th century Pope Boniface IV turned the Pantheon into a roman catholic church and it got the name “Piazzalla Rotondo”.

The essential guide for the Pantheon in Rome

The Pantheon in Rome is circular, with a large dome. This giant dome is 142 feet, which makes it bigger than the White House dome! It’s considered the largest unreinforced solid concrete dome in the world till this day. The second biggest dome in Italy is the monumental dome at the Temple of Mercury in Baiae. The famous portico on the front of the building includes eight Corinthian columns. The original bronze doors were melted down by the Pope and were used to create Borromini and Bernini’s Baldacchino. You can visit Saint Peter’s to see it!

The hole in the top of the Pantheon, the oculus, is the source of light in the interior of the Pantheon, so try to visit the interior in the day hours, when the light is still bright. This beautiful opening is essential for architectural reasons, holds the ceiling and prevents the dome from collapsing. To make your visit more exciting, you should try and visit the Pantheon in a rainy day and watch the rain pour through this hole in the dome. Don’t worry you will not drown inside, the ground is designed to drain the water through small holes dedicated for the rain.

Another interesting fact about the Pantheon is that it contains the tombs of the famous painter Raphael Sanzio da Urbino and Baldassare Peruzzi, a famous architect that was inspired by the Pantheon while designing the Cathedral of Florence’s dome. For art and architecture lovers this is the place to go! You will appreciate the floor with the original geometric patterns.

The opening hours of the Pantheon are 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM Monday to Saturday, on Sundays the opening times are from 9 AM to 6 PM, admission is free. Around the Pantheon you’ll find a square full of cafés and restaurants, the atmosphere is just amazing!

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$