The Pantheon
Rome, Italy June 2012
Overall Grade: B

Family in Pantheon Exterior of the Pantheon Pantheon Occulus

Pantheon Family Grades

Brian (Dad) - A+ "An amazing building which competes with anything built today. If you have even the slightest interest in architecture it is a must see."

Toni (Mom) - B "Intricate. Amazing it is still here. It has been in disrepair many times."

Sean (13 yrs) - B - "It is a great piece of architecture but old."

Kyle (12 yrs) - C - "Not really that interesting. It only got a C because there was a bird stuck inside."

Emi (8 yrs) - B - "Not that interesting, but not that boring. Not that great."

Why Go

One of the greatest pieces of architecture in the world. It was the largest dome in the world for over 2,000 years. Also, its a great place to rest and cool off. When we were there the kids were entertained by a seagull which was flying around inside the dome and couldn't find a way out.

Getting There

We saw the Pantheon on a walking tour loop which included the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Santa Maria Church, the Trevi Fountain and lots of gelato (map of the walking tour). Start at the Spagna metro station (Spanish Steps) and head towards the southwest. You'll come across several other monuments/obelisks. End the walk at the Barberini metro station.


Like all churches in Rome, you must dress modestly to enter the Pantheon since it is technically a church. Women must have their shoulders covered and men cannot wear shorts. You're also not supposed to lie on the floor which is what I did to take a family photo with the Oculus in the background (see nearby photo).

If you have a smart phone, I highly recommend downloading the Rick Steve's tour. It is free. Just make sure you downloadload it before your trip and turn off your data download so you don't incur outrageous fees while in Europe. Rick Steves Site

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