A free rotunda wonder

The beautiful interior of the Pantheon, we visited in the evening and it was still very busy

One evening, my husband Zac and I were on a mission to find the famous Pantheon in Rome. We thought we were getting closer as we started wandering down this narrow laneway when we spotted a decent-sized crowd lining up. So we joined the queue, only to realise that it was the queue for Cremeria Monteforte, the best gelato I found during my time in Rome. We figured as the line was so long with tourists and locals alike that we were probably onto a winner. Our instincts were correct. It was incredible! I had raspberry-ripple flavour, and Zac had some kind of mango-y passionfruit flavour. Mine was so sweet, creamy, and just perfect. We’d been doing a lot of walking that day, and as it was still quite warm so I took a seat at one of the tables outside, enjoyed our gelato and watched the world go by. Heaven!

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The Greek-looking exterior of the Pantheon

With our tummies sufficiently filled on ice cream, I felt ready to take on our next mission of finding the Pantheon. As we walked to the end of the alleyway and took a right, we came face to face with our next stop of the day, the gorgeous Pantheon. As it turns out, we’d been merely a few hundred metres from the building this whole time.

The Pantheon

I’ve heard some people say that from the outside, it really isn’t that special. But I’m afraid I have to disagree. Yes, it’s super old (tick for me, as I love old buildings); it was built over two thousand years ago and it is actually well preserved. Construction was completed in 125 AD, with a simple exterior and a frontage that looks like the Acropolis in Athens.

Before heading inside, be sure to admire the massive 20-tonne doors made of brass. Seriously, as fabulous as they are, how on earth do they open them up every day?

The magnificent door. I have a thing for solid, old doors. They don’t make them like this anymore!
Some of the alcoves inside once had original statues dedicated to the planets.

Even though the sun was starting to set as we headed inside, this didn’t deter the crowds one bit. In fact, it was still quite busy. The interior is amazing. Built in a circular shape, it is decorated in blue and pink marble, making it look similar to the design of St. Peters Basilica at the Vatican [>>>>> Click here for St. Peters Basilica <<<<<].

In the centre, you are presented with a beautiful dome sporting a coffered ceiling that is the largest dome of its kind up until the 15th century. Have a walk around the perimeter and check out the seven alcoves. At some point, they would have held statues that were dedicated to the planets Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, The Sun and Moon. Depictions suggest they were very opulent and incredibly detailed, but, unfortunately, they are no longer on display, and some alcoves were replaced with altars for Christian martyrs. This probably happened after it was consecrated in the 6th century and was used as a church and later a public place to hold gatherings and give speeches.

Essentially it is a beautiful building and a great addition to your bucket list, but it’s just one room, so you won’t need to spend heaps of time here.

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I mean, just look at the detail – it’s incredible 🙂
Wow! I love that coffered ceiling!

Thank you for reading my post on visiting the beautiful Pantheon in Rome. It was amazing to walk around and admire this piece of history. We were slightly red-faced at finally finding the place after stopping for a rest, when we were only round the corner from it the whole time.

Are you planning on visiting Rome this year? Will you be adding the Pantheon to your bucket list? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. The Pantheon looks and sounds amazing, I’ve never been to Rome but I’ve always wanted to visit. This is just another reason for me to go and soon. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks so much for reading 🙂 Yes the Pantheon is wonderful, and best of all it’s free! Rome is such an amazing city full of beautiful architecture, beautiful people and amazing food. I really hope you get to go, you’ll love it.

  2. I’ve been to Rome and seen the Pantheon. It really is a beautiful city with lots of amazing Roman structures. Your photos really help showcase the Pantheon. I highly recommend making the trip if you haven’t been yet

    1. Yes it’s amazing, hey? Thank you so much. I’m chuffed you like them as it was so busy and often people would walk in the way as I was taking them LOL. Thanks so much for commenting 🙂

    1. I love it too! It’s so beautiful. Yes, with international borders closed here in Australia, it will be a while until we can travel again to Rome, or anywhere. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

    1. Yep, it’s free and beautiful to look at. It’s such a great thing to check out, learn a bit of history and about Rome at the same time. Thanks so much for reading and commenting 🙂

  3. I’ve been! It truly is a wonder to be surrounded by something so old and beautiful~

  4. Wow, The Pantheon looks amazing. I love these photos. There are so many details and I am sure has great stories as well. I have never visited Rome but it looks beautiful. I would definitely love to visit once the pandemic calms down ( I still feel a bit weird traveling at the moment). I really hope I can visit the place. Again, great photos!

    1. Thanks so much! Rome is such a wonderful city, and I’m lucky enough to have visited twice. Yes I know what you mean. I won’t be traveling outside of Australia for at least a year, as I’m too nervous. But give me 12 months and I’ll be ready to get on a plane again :). I hope you get to visit it’s a wonderful place. Thanks so much for commenting.

  5. Love this! That gelato sounds delicious, haha. I’ve always wanted to visit the Pantheon but I never knew it was free – that sold it to me even more! It looks absolutely beautiful, I can’t wait to visit. Thanks for sharing!

    1. My pleasure. Yes you have your ice cream and then head into the Pantheon for free! Win win 🙂 You’ll love Rome when you go, it’s incredible. I have a guide on Free Things to do in Rome and a full Rome Travel guide, which is a great resource for when you do go.

  6. It is incredible the structures people built before our time of modernity! The doors and coffered ceiling blow my mind and I find the overall old appearance of the building as charming as it is historical.

    The gelato sounds amazing too! 🙂

    1. I know, I’m a sucker for old buildings – just the stories that would have been whispered within those walls, and the history of it makes it worth visiting. Yes it really is the best gelato and I’ve ate my fair share in Italy! 😀 Thanks for commenting.

  7. This has ignited my travel bug, but I should get my 2 planned trips out the way before booking another 😂😂 great post!

    1. LOL, you can never have enough future trips! I have 2 booked but no idea when I’m going as we are still in lockdown here in Oz with the threat of more in the future, so we’ll see how many times I have to rearrange them. I’m glad I’ve inspired you 🙂 Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment 🙂

  8. I haven’t been in Rome but pantheon structure reminds me of Ancient Greece’s buildings. I guess Pantheon is so much more well preserved since it was built in much later in time compared to them. It is really beautiful and I will definitely visit it when I visit Rome!

    1. I’m glad to hear you’ll be adding it to your Rome bucket list. Yes me to it looks like it should belong in Athens, hey? It looks pretty amazing as it’s around 1900 years old 🙂 Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

    1. Yes definitely there’s so much to see and do! I’ve been twice now and I feel like I’ve still got so many more places to see 😮 Pompeii is incredible though. Again another place I would love to go back and see 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  9. I have been to Rome so many times but only once to the Pantheon, so I need to definitely go back as soon as possible! I was quite young when I went so I don’t remember much, even from your beautiful pictures!

    1. Hi Simona! Yes the Pantheon is well worth heading back to, as is Rome ’cause there’s so much to do. With the world finally starting to open up again, it might definitely be sooner rather than later. Thanks so much for your lovely comments 🙂

  10. Wow, this looks like the most beautiful place to visit. I’ve never been to Italy before but Rome has always been on my list of places I want to visit and I’ll for sure be adding this to my list! Thank you so much for sharing Xo

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  11. I have never been to Rome before. Rome has been on my bucket list for a while now. I would love to visit the Pantheon. It looks so beautiful. Who doesn’t love a free adventure? Also, you’ve got beautiful pictures here! And those old buildings were so we’ll preserved.

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my photos. They were actually taken with an old camera. I’d love to go back and use my awesome posh one that I upgraded to this year 🙂 Yes a freebie when touring a new place is always a bonus, especially when it’s as beautiful as the Pantheon. It’s defo somewhere I highly recommend you visit, as it’s one of my most favourite cities 🙂 Thanks for reading!

    1. It’s so nice to meet another history nerd 😀 LOL! I too love walking around old buildings and cities packed with history. For me that’s the perfect holiday/day out 🙂 Thanks so much for reading Molly.

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