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Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour in Rome

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Overview
Visit Rome's best preserved Ancient temple and the tomb of Raphael. Explore one of the city's most beautiful churches home of the Inquisition that trialed scientist Galileo Galilei.

On this fascinating tour you will learn the ins and outs of the Pantheon and the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, led by a local expert guide that uses multimedia tools and powerful reconstructions to make you travel back in time.
Highlights
  • Avoid crowds and focus on Rome’s Pantheon and Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
  • See the history of the two sites come to life through reconstructions
  • Learn about the creation of the Pantheon’s visually impressive dome
  • Choose a small-group tour with 15 people or upgrade to a private tour option
What to Expect
From Piazza della Minerva in Rome, stroll with your guide to the Pantheon. The temple is widely said to be one of Ancient Rome’s best-preserved monuments; hear its history as you explore inside with your guide. Gaze up at the huge dome, which has no visible vaults or arches to support it, and learn about the architectural achievement from your guide. Tear your eyes away from the open-air oculus, which illuminates the interior and rest them on the tombs of Rome’s bygone VIPs: The likes of Raphael and Queen Margherita were laid to rest in the Pantheon. From the ancient temple, walk across to the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, a Gothic masterpiece built on top of pagan temples. Sculptures by Michelangelo and Bernini, 15th-century frescoes, and a Fra Angelico altar are just a few of the highlights. Your tour ends at the basilica.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Piazza della Minerva, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Private or small group tour
  • Entry/Admission - Pantheon
  • Entry/Admission - Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
  • Entry/Admission - Raphael Tours in Rome
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Minimum numbers do apply: there is a possibility of cancelation after confirmation if there are not enough participants to meet the requirements. In such an event, you will be offered an alternative
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great guide, we did our tour in the morning of 12/9, started with the church being closed, guide said ok, not good, but.....let me show you an alternative. Our guide was a legend, adapted a change of tour, we probably saw more than had the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kevin W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour was 9/7/19 at 10:00 am. Our tour guide (whose name I can’t recall) was excellent. Santa Maria was closed so he substituted the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which was also wonderful. Highly recommend this tour.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank KayeLKoonce
Reviewed 14 July 2019 via mobile

Great guide (Matina???) he was very personable & knew his stuff. Don’t miss the Santa Maria - totally amazing behind a v plain white facade. Pantheon tour brought alive by the guide.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank RuthAndCat
Reviewed 10 July 2019

We did this tour this morning with Mattia (hope I have spelt that right). It was brilliant - lots of interesting info crammed into 1.5 hours - perfect length on another hot Rome day. Mattia was happy to answer lots of questions, his English was...More

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank 11dollarbills
Reviewed 22 May 2019 via mobile

Our guide Georgio is an art historian who is very knowledgeable, and has a friendly and engaging style. He went into depth about the history and architecture of the Pantheon, and the beautiful art inside Sopra Minerva... including Michelangelos Risen Christ. It was fascinating! Highly...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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johntB999MS
15 September 2019|
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Response from Kevin W | Reviewed this property |
Yes but it is a church, so play safe and make sure they are long shorts, most church's say no shorts, but as long as shoulders are covered and not "riggers" type short shorts you should be fine
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Rachel G
1 April 2019|
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Response from dgunton | Reviewed this property |
We went straight in to the Pantheon and there was no queue or waiting.
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