Pantheon (Basilica Sancta Maria ad Martyres) Tour

Experience the Pantheon and its impressive history with this lively guided tour.

Overview

Join our friendly staff at the multimedia guide desk inside the Basilica of Sancta Maria ad Martyres in the Pantheon, where they will lead you on a fascinating guided tour of the Pantheon.

Learn about the Pantheon in the magnificent local context of a Roman afternoon. The itinerary, lasting about one hour, narrates the history but above all the curiosities and lesser-known facts of the Basilica of Saint Mary and the Martyrs, the Pantheon.

 

The tour is carried out in English only.

Available from Monday to Saturday at 12:00 noon, on Sundays at 12:30pm; participants are asked to show up 5 minutes earlier.

Closed on January 1, August 15 and December 25.

 

What’s included:

  • Guided visit
  • Entrance to the Pantheon (free)

Know before you go:

  • Access to the Pantheon is free.
  • Please note that the Pantheon may be subject to closure without prior notice for masses, concerts, and extraordinary events.
  • Please show your booking voucher at the audio guide desk inside the Pantheon.

 

Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance.


 

Pantheon (Basilica Sancta Maria ad Martyres) Guided Tour

Learn about the Pantheon in the magnificent local context of a Roman afternoon. The itinerary, lasting about one hour, narrates the history but above all the curiosities and lesser-known facts of the Basilica of Saint Mary and the Martyrs, the Pantheon.

For over 2000 years, the Pantheon has represented the maximum expression of the glory of Rome, and its story is intimately tied to the Eternal City. It is the only Roman building that has remained practically intact through the centuries. Started by Marcus Agrippa between 25 and 27 BC as a temple dedicated to the twelve gods and to the living sovereign, the Pantheon was later completely destroyed by a fire. It was rebuilt under the reign of Emperor Hadrian in the year 125. The Byzantine Emperor Phocas gave the Pantheon to Pope Boniface IV in 608 AD. Boniface ordered the remains of many martyrs removed from the Christian catacombs and placed in the Pantheon, converting it into a Christian church. The temple was officially consecrated on May 13, 609 under the name of Sancta Maria ad Martyres, Saint Mary and Martyrs.

The Pantheon has been an inspiration for many of the greatest architects, such as Filippo Brunelleschi. Among the illustrious people buried here are the painters Raphael (who requested it to become his place of eternal rest) and Annibale Carracci, the composer Arcangelo Corelli, and two kings of Italy - Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I with his wife Margherita.

 

Cancellation Policy

Once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation we can refund the cost of unused tickets minus a service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee) up to 1 business day before the visit. No refund is possible for a cancellation less than 24 hours before the visit, and for no-shows.

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