5 Rome Tips: Our Best Rome Travel Tips For A Great Vacation

5 Rome Tips: Our Best Rome Travel Tips For A Great Vacation

Planning a trip to Rome? Make the most out of your vacation and do your research before you leave. We’ve been living and working in Rome for over 10 years and all of tour guides are local too. Here are our 10 best tips about traveling in Rome to make your next trip the most exciting vacation of your life!

1) Wear Comfortable Shoes

OK, OK – we know this doesn’t sound exciting but it’s an absolute must. Rome is incredibly busy throughout the year and sometimes it’s quicker to walk somewhere than wait on public transport. A good pair of comfortable shoes will make it easier to spend most of the day walking – browsing the stylish boutiques, wandering from cafe to cafe or enjoying the amazing relics to Ancient Rome in person. You don’t want to waste a magical trip to the Eternal City being distracted by sore feet!

2) Carry a Water Bottle & Fill Up at Nasoni

The Ancient Romans were famous for (among other things) bringing clean water supplies to housing, public baths and fountains via intricate engineering feats and aqueducts. The nasoni keep this tradition alive and kicking throughout Rome – you’ll find these striking drinking fountains from the 1800s providing clean drinking water for modern citizens all over the city. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and keep hydrated through the sweltering Rome heat at no extra cost.

Fun Fact: Nasoni is a play on the Italian word for nose – so prepare to get your fresh water from these ‘Large Noses’!

3) The Best Season To Visit Rome is The Shoulder Season

OK, we’re bias, we think Rome is beautiful 365 days a year! For visitors, things can be a little overcrowded and overheated in the summer months. Well, Rome is absolutely packed with visitors from the end of May, June, July, August and the beginning of September. Add to this the exhausting heat that settles in the city for these months and you’ve got a potent combination. The best time to visit Rome is the end of March/beginning of April (avoid Easter while you’re booking this) or the last week of September/month of October. This way, you get to enjoy Rome’s undeniable charm without the hassle of thousands of other visitors or the excessive heat.

4) Use Public Transit The Right Way

Rome’s public transport situation isn’t too bad (but isn’t too great either!). If you’re traveling by bus, make sure to stock up on tickets before you get on the bus (at news stands, corner shops and bus stops) as you can’t actually buy them on the bus. Keep in mind that rush hour can bring the city to a standstill – including the buses. Sometimes it’s quicker to jump off the bus and walk to another bus stop or finish your journey on foot.

5) See The Best Parts Of The City With A Tour Guide

Visiting Rome can feel daunting – choosing what to see, what to skip and what to do can feel like a monumental task. By securing a place on a guided tour of Rome, you get a greater insight into the city, it’s history and it’s previous inhabitants. Real Rome Tours always includes skip-the-line tickets to the most popular attractions in all of our tours – meaning you can see the best of Rome without the wait.

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Five Things To Never Do In Rome

Five Things To Never Do In Rome

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Many visitors to Rome experience a bit of culture shock – Italy isn’t like their favorite TV show portrayed it to be! If you want to avoid nasty hand gestures or awkward sniggering, avoid doing these five things on your trip to Rome.

1. Don’t Take a Photo With a Fake Gladiator At The Colosseum

It might sound like a great opportunity to take a photo that will always remind you of your amazing stay in Italy’s capital, but beware the flashy fake gladiators at the front of the Colosseum! Despite their detailed costumes, they’re notorious for hassling tourists and being incredibly aggressive to get money out of visitors. Be wary of seemingly friendly ‘gladiators’ offering to take your photo for you – they have been known to demand money to return tourists’ cameras. Some even pose in unsuspecting tourists’ photos and demand payment afterwards. What they’re doing is illegal but it’s a difficult scam to stop, especially in the height of the summer season.

2. Don’t Wear Short Shorts and a Bikini Top To The Vatican

Summers can be absolutely sweltering in Rome – especially standing in line for hours under the hot sun. There’s nothing like wandering through the cobblestone streets in something lightweight and breezy. But beware – there’s a strict dress code at all religious sites in Rome (and there’s a lot of them!). Visitors to churches, crypts and the Vatican should choose respectful, modest clothing for their visit. Keep shoulders and knees covered (this is for both men and women) or risk being refused entry.

3. Don’t Go Selfie-Crazy In The Museums

Generally museums around the world don’t allow flash photography inside their premises, due to the flashes damaging the priceless works of art on display. This rule is enforced within the Sistine Chapel above the normal level. Due to extensive (and pricey!) restoration work undertaken in the 80s, the Vatican sold exclusive photography and videography rights to a TV network in Japan. Despite the deal expiring many years ago, they’ve kept the ban on amateur photography. As to be expected, there are plenty of photos, books and souvenirs to browse through in the gift shop – so you can always pay a little bit extra for professional photography of Michelangelo’s masterpieces.

4. Don’t Order A Cappuccino After Breakfast and Don’t Even Think About A Vanilla Latte!

Italians are notoriously passionate about their coffee. Forget ordering a Triple Venti Half Sweet Non-Fat Caramel Macchiato. In Italy, it’s believed that milk will interfere with the digestion of your main meals if enjoyed after breakfast. You’ll get away with ordering a cappuccino with your breakfast but after 11am, you’re going to get some funny looks for ordering anything milky. As for those special orders from your local coffee chain – forget it. Vanilla/hazelnut/flavored lattes aren’t on the menu in Italian coffee bars.

Pro Tip: Most Italians drink coffee standing at the bar. If you want to sit down, it will cost 20-50% more to have waiter service. Don’t try to skip the fee by ordering at the bar and seating yourself – you’ll be met with an unhappy cafe owner!

5. Don’t Say “Ciao” To Everyone

The first word everyone learns in Italian is Ciao. It’s short, it’s simple, it’s sweet. It’s also incredibly informal and usually only used by close friends, kids or family. It’s not like the English ‘hi’, it’s more like a ‘yo’ or a ‘hey’ – best used sparingly among those nearest and dearest to you! Want to be friendly (and appropriate) to those you meet everyday? Try a more respectable ‘buon giorno’ or ‘buona sera’

And there you have it! Avoid these common social faux pas on your visit to Rome and you should do well. To see Rome with a real local, book in with one of our professional tour guides and get a taste of the real Rome!

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How To Make The Most Out Of One Day In Rome

How To Make The Most Out Of One Day In Rome

Iconic, romantic and timeless, there’s so much to see in The Eternal City it’s hard to choose just one day’s worth of sights to see! Whether your visiting Rome for the history, the art, the food or the nightlife, you’ll be kept mesmerized and entertained.

One Day Itinerary for Rome

There’s a few absolute must-do things all visitors to Rome should experience! These include:

  • Visit the Vatican: You’ll need to start early to beat the crowds and it’s best to buy your tickets online in advance (queues are known to be in excess of two hours otherwise!). You can admire the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms and the Belvedere Courtyard.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica: Be stunned by Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s baldachin at the largest church in the world and the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture
  • Spanish Steps: The Spanish Steps (yes, there’s 135 steps!) are a great place to take a seat, sample some local gelato and watch the world go by.
  • Trevi Fountain: Throw a coin in the iconic Trevi and legend has it that one day you’ll return to Rome. Featured in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, the fountain was built in 1732 and shows Oceanus and his seahorses.
  • The Pantheon: The Pantheon is the oldest-surviving temple from Imperial Rome, standing un-touched for over 18 centuries.
  • Villa Borghese: Absolutely gorgeous, this sixteenth century villa now houses the world-famous gallery Borghese. Featuring works from Bernini, Caravaggio, Raphael, Canova and others.
  • Roman Forum and Colosseum: Simply iconic.

Fancy something a bit more unusual Try these off the beaten track sights to see:

  • Trastevere: A picturesque medieval area, Trastevere is the 13th, and one of the oldest, districts of Rome. The heart of Trastevere is Piazza di Santa Maria, a pedestrianized square piazza lined with restaurants, bars, faded palazzi and the church of Santa Maria. Despite being in the center of Rome, it has a beautiful small village feel to it.
  • The Jewish Ghetto: The ghetto of Rome was a Jewish ghetto established in 1555 in the Sant’Angelo district. It’s a hidden pearl between the Tiber river and Venice Square and is a vital cultural reference point for the entire Jewish community.
  • Basilica of The Holy Cross in Jerusalem (in the Esquilino quarter, not Jerusalem!): Consecrated in 325, the original chapel on the site was built to house the relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ, which were brought to Rome from the Holy Land by Empress St. Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine I. Originally, the chapel’s floor was covered with soil from Jerusalem, hence the name!
  • Case Romane: These houses contain more than four centuries of history. The frescoed rooms were originally shops but were transformed during the 3rd century AD into an elegant upper class residence. Within the rooms, you can admire some of the most beautiful frescoes of Late Antiquity.

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you sure can see a lot of it in one!

If you’d like to pack as much in as possible and learn the fascinating history surrounding all these sights, consider booking in for our most popular tour: Rome In A Day Private Tour.

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Rome: let it snow!

Rome: let it snow!

Rome awoke under a blanket of snow on Monday morning. Some areas of the capital covered in five centimetres of the white stuff. It’s the first snowfall in Rome in six years, and it looks stunning.

The capital saw its first snowfall in six years, with up to five centimetres of the white stuff in some parts of the city.  Half a metre in higher altitude areas of the wider comune. It was 0C on Monday, with a low of -6C forecast until Wednesday, although no more snow is expected to fall.

Italy’s Civil Protection Agency announced that the Italian army would be brought in to help clear the streets of Rome. Many schools were closed across the city.

Several of the city’s iconic monuments were closed on Monday, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Air, road, and rail transport were all affected, with delays to flights at both the city’s airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino. There were also delays to buses and trains, some by up to two hours. Though the Metro was functioning as usual. 

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Park degli Acquedotti

Park degli Acquedotti

This 240-hectare green space, tucked in the Appia Antica Regional Park is known for possessing over half of the eleven major Roman aqueducts. However, filled with ancient architecture and historical artefacts that continue to be discovered today, the park has something for everyone.

Aqueducts are the remnants of the ancient system used to bring water to the city. The park boasts the underground aqueduct Anio Vetus; the Marcia, Tepula, Julia and Felice aqueducts. Which are laid on top of each other, and Claudia and Anio Novo, which also overlap. It takes around two hours to walk the aqueducts.

The park’s Villa Vignacce is also worth seeing. Built between the second and fourth centuries AD most likely by the brick-maker Q. Servilius Pudens, the villa is one of the largest in the area. You can even see Pudens’ stamp on some of the bricks. A rarity as buildings were usually constructed so the stamps didn’t show.

Another one of the park’s architectural highlights is Il Casale di Roma Vecchia. A house-tower that was likely used as part of a coaching inn during the 13th century.

And if at this point you aren’t too tired from walking, consider counting your strides to the burial chambers of the “tomb of a hundred steps.”

There is a lot more buried in the park than just that tomb. Other tombs, some of Via Latina’s paving stones, a hotel with a spa, a dovecote, and what appears to be either a temple or a mausoleum have been uncovered in recent excavations. Of particular interest was the 2009 unearthing of a 1.5-m statue of Marsyas, a figure from Greek mythology, probably dating back to the second century AD.

Thanks to its historical attractions and new discoveries, the Parco degli Acquedotti is certainly a timeless and worthwhile place to visit.

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Christmas church services in Rome

Christmas church services in Rome

There are numerous English language religious services in Rome’s church over Christmas.

All Saints’ Anglican Church
Via del Babuino 153/b, tel. 0636001881.
24 Dec. Crib Service for children 17.00, First Eucharist of Christmas 23.30.
25 Dec. Said Eucharist 08.30; Sung Eucharist 10.30.

Pontifical Irish College (Roman Catholic)
Via dei Santi Quattro 1, tel. 06772631.
10 Dec. Advent and Carol Service, 17.00.

Rome Baptist Church
S. Lorenzo in Lucina 35, tel. 066876652-066876211.
17 Dec. Christmas music programme. 10.30.
24 Dec. Christmas Eve Service, 19.00.
25 Dec. Christmas Service, 10.30.St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Via XX Settembre 7, tel. 064827627.
24 Dec. Christmas Eve Service, 18.30.
25 Dec. Christmas Day Service, 11.00.St Patrick’s American Community (Roman Catholic)
Via Boncompagni 31, tel. 064203121.
24 Dec. Children’s Christmas Pageant Mass 16.30. Concert and Carols 19.00. Midnight Mass 19.30.
25 Dec. Christmas Day Mass 09.00, 10.30. St Paul’s Within-the-Walls (Episcopal Church)
Via Nazionale, corner Via Napoli, tel. 064883339.
24 Dec. Holy Eucharist, 10.30.
25 Dec. Second Eucharist of Christmas, 10.30.S. Isidoro Church (Roman Catholic)
Via degli Artisti 41, tel. 064885359.
24 Dec. Midnight Mass 21.00.
25 Dec. Mass 10.00.S. Silvestro in Capite (Roman Catholic)
Piazza S. Silvestro 1, tel. 066977121.
24 Dec. Mass at 19.30.
25 Dec. Christmas Mass at 10.00 and 17.30. St Francis Xavier del Caravita (Roman Catholic),
Via della Caravita 7.
24 Dec. Christmas Eve carol service 18.30. Vigil Mass 19.00.Venerable English College (Roman Catholic)
Via di Monserrato 45, tel. 066865808.
25 Dec. Christmas Day Mass, 10.00.For the programme of Pope Francis see the Vatican calendar of religious celebrations.

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Christmas markets in Rome

Christmas markets in Rome

From handcrafts to vintage, Rome’s Christmas markets help to create a festive atmosphere in the city each December.

Christmas markets in Rome:

The capital’s best known Christmas market, the Befana at Piazza Navona, returns on 2 December – not without controversy – after three years. Below is a selection of traditional and alternative festive markets around Rome to make your Christmas shopping easier and help you find original presents for all ages.
Mercato Monti
2-24 Dec. This trendy urban market in Monti is bigger and better than ever before, with a large selection of vintage-style clothing, accessories, collectibles, books and illustrations, combining affordability and quality with an exclusively Made in Italy brand. Free entry. 10.00-20.00. The December dates are 2-3 Dec, 7-10 Dec and 16-24 Dec, inclusive.Via Leonina 46 (Metro B Cavour).
Vintage Market
3 Dec. The Vintage Market hosts a selection of stalls selling hand-crafted and retro items, ideal for alternative Christmas gifts. Guests can also enjoy workshops, brunch and aperitivi, with workshops and activities for kids. 11.00-21.00. Via Biordo Michelotti 2.

And more..

Car Boot Market
3, 10, 27 Dec. This car boot sale takes place in the grounds of the Città dell’Altra Economia complex in Testaccio on three dates during December. The market regularly attracts up to 80 car-fulls of second-hand items, including vintage clothes, jewellery and bric-à-brac. 10.00 until sunset, free entry. Città dell’Altra Economia, Largo Dino Frisullo, Testaccio.
Arts and Craft Market
8-24 Dec. The 16th edition of the Arts and Craft Market takes place as usual in Piazza Cinecittà. Organised by cultural association Prenti l’Arte, the market includes handmade artworks by more than 40 artisans. Free entry. 09.00-20.00.
JNRC Christmas Market
9 Dec. The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC) at the American Episcopal Church of Rome, St Paul’s Within the Walls, holds its annual Christmas Market on Saturday 9 Dec, from midday until 17.00. The one-day-only sale includes gifts and craftwork, with hot chocolate and mulled wine, and Santa and his elves promise to make an appearance. For info tel. 064883339 or see website. Via Napoli 58 (Via Nazionale).
Natalino Lanificio Christmas Market
10 Dec. This one-day-only event at Lanificio 159 allows visitors to browse through the work of more than 100 artisans, from 11.00 until midnight. On offer are vintage and retro clothes and accessories, books and records. There are also activities for children, workshops, live music and street food. Via di Pietralata 159A.

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Top 10 food markets in Rome

Top 10 food markets in Rome

Top 10 food markets in Rome

Rome has numerous markets selling fresh, locally-produced food. Some are open daily, some only at weekends. Below is a list of ten of the best markets, in various areas of the city.

Biomercato alla Città dell’Altra Economia

The BioMercato farmer’s market is held at the Città dell’Altra Economia complex in Testaccio every Sunday from 09.00 until dusk. The market offers organic food products from the Lazio region and allows customers to speak directly to the farmers and food producers. There is also a SpazioBio organic supermarket, the Café Boario and the Stazione di Posta restaurant all of which are open on Sundays, and during the week except Monday. Largo Dino Frisullo, tel. 065740174

Campagna Amica del Circo Massimo

This farmers’ market takes place at weekends beside Circo Massimo. Food producers and farmers from the Lazio region sell their locally-produced fresh foods including cheeses, olive oil, cured meats, honey, wine, sausages and truffles. There are often children’s activities and food tastings, and visitors can also have lunch at the market, selecting the ingredients of their choice. Sat 09.00-18.00, Sun 09.00-16.00. Closed Sun in July, all August. Via di S. Teodoro 74, tel. 06489931

Campo de’ Fiori

The popular market at Campo de’ Fiori takes place under the statue of Giordano Bruno, and dates back to the 1800s. It features a large range of fruit, vegetables and spices, as well an increasing amount of tourist souvenirs and general household ware. Open Mon-Sat 06.00-14.00, closed Sun. Piazza Campo De’ Fiori.

Farmer’s Market Garbatella

In addition to fruit and veg, this weekend farmer’s market offers pastries, sauces, fruit juices, cakes, honey and jam, all produced in Lazio. Located in the Garbatella district, the market is also known for its fresh fish and seafood from Terracina south of Rome. Sat 08.30-18.00, Sun 08.30-14.30. Via Francesco Passino 22, tel. 0651605073

Nuovo Mercato Esquilino

Located near Termini station, this is probably the best place in Rome to purchase hard-to-find exotic herbs and spices. The Nuovo Mercato Esquilino offers a huge range of ethnic food including vegetables, spices, olives, cheese, meat and fish. There are also reasonable prices at the market which has entrances on Via Principe Amedeo, Via Mamiani, Via Turati and Via Lamarmora. Mon-Sat 05.00 alle 15.00. Via Principe Amedeo 184

Nuovo Mercato Trionfale

Rome’s largest street market, the Mercato Trionfale, has over 270 stalls, divided into sections for fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. The market also sells dried foods, nuts, eggs, cheese, jam and honey, as well as having a haberdashery element, with household items and childrens’ toys. Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat 07.00-14.00. Tues, Fri 07.00-19.00. Via Andrea Doria 3 (Via Tunisi)

Mercato dell’Unità

This fruit and veg market is housed in a neo-classical building about half-way along the stylish shopping street Via Cola di Rienzo, in the Prati district. Unlike most other markets which pack up by early afternoon, this covered market stays open until late. Its other boast is that it has underground parking. Mon-Sat 07.00-20.00. Piazza dell’Unità 53

Mercato S. Silverio

Busy medium-sized market located just off Via Gregorio VII, near St Peter’s, selling fresh produce mainly from the hinterlands of Rome. On offer is a decent selection of fruit and veg, fish, meat and cheeses of all kinds, as well as clothes. Open Mon-Sat mornings

Testaccio Market

The market at Testaccio is located in large, modern premises near MACRO Testaccio between Via Alessandro Volta, Via Galvani, Via Ghiberti and Via Beniamino Franklin. The covered area is lined with butchers, fishmongers and grocers selling an array of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, as well as more unusual items such as artisan doughnuts and organic wine. Mon-Thurs 07.00-14.00 and Fri 07.00-18.30 (non-stop), Sat 07.00-14.00. Sun closed. Via Beniamino Franklin 12

Storico Mercato Delle Coppelle

This small but picturesque street market is located in the historic centre, near the Pantheon. It offers fruit, vegetables and flowers each morning (with the exception of Sunday) from 07.00-13.00. Piazza delle Coppelle.

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Rome 12th most visited city in world

Rome 12th most visited city in world

Rome 12th most visited city in world

9.6 million international tourists expected to visit Rome in 2017.

Rome ranks in 12th place on the 2017 Top 100 City Destinations survey. The data is provided by statistics compiled by market researcher Euromonitor International.
The Italian capital is predicted to draw 9.6 million international tourists by the end of 2017. Representing a growth of 1.8 per cent compared to last year’s figure of 9.4 million visitors.
Hong Kong retains its crown as the planet’s most visited city for the ninth consecutive year. With 25.7 million international tourists expected in 2017, despite a predicted 3.2 per cent drop from its 26.55 million visitors in 2016. In second place is Bangkok (21.25 million in 2016; 23.27 expected in 2017) followed by London (19.19 million last year; 19.8 expected this year).
Although Rome is the third most visited European city – after Paris in seventh place with 14.26 million visitors expected this year –  it only attracts half the number of foreign tourists that flock to London.
The three other Italian cities on the list are: Milan in 27th place with 6.8 million, Venice in 38th place (5.2 million) and Florence in 44th position with 4.9 million tourists.

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10 facts about the Pantheon

10 FACTS ABOUT THE PANTHEON

1. The Pantheon in the historic centre of Rome was built by Emperor Hadrian between 119-128 AD. Before that, two buildings had existed on the same site but both burned to the ground leaving little trace, one in 80 AD and the second in 110 AD. Historians estimate that the original building was constructed somewhere between 29-19 BC by Marcus Agrippa. A Roman architect and consul, close friend, son-in-law and right-hand man to Emperor Augustus.
2. The inscription at the entrance of the Pantheon reads, in Latin: “M.AGRIPPA.L.F.COS.TERTIUM.FECIT”. It translates roughly as “Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, having been consul three times, made it (or Marcus Agrippa constructed this while being consul for the third time)”. Although Emperor Hadrian rebuilt the Pantheon long after Agrippa’s death, the inscription remains.
3. Sixteen columns support the arcade above which stands the inscription in honour of Agrippa. The immense columns, which were transported from Egypt, are estimated to weigh 60 tons each.
4. What is the Pantheon? Originally, it is believed to have been a pagan temple dedicated to all Roman gods. The name pantheon has Greek roots and means all (pan) gods (theos). However, some scholars disagree with this hypothesis. They claiming that its name is not necessarily proof of its activity. But of its size due to the sense of awe that the Pantheon still inspires on those who admire it from up close.
5. In the year 608 AD, Emperor Phocas gave the Pantheon to Pope Boniface IV, who consecrated it as a church in honour of St Mary and the Martyrs. It is still officially a church but no longer a parish church. It can still be visited free of charge. However the Italian culture ministry has been in negotiations with the city’s diocesan authorities in an attempt to introduce an entry fee in early 2018.
6. The dome has a circular hole at its centre called an oculus. So yes, this also means that it rains inside, which is not a problem due to the well-hidden drainage holes in the floor. What is most interesting about the open ceiling however is that on 21 April, on the celebration of Rome’s birthday, the midday sun shines through the oculus on to the Pantheon’s door. Also, to mark the annual Christian feast of Pentecost. A mediaeval ceremony revived in 1995 involves tens of thousands of rose petals being dropped through the oculus, symbolising the Holy Spirit’s descent to Earth.
Over the centuries many of the features of Hadrian’s Pantheon were sacked by emperors and popes. Beginning with the Byzantine emperor Constans II in 663 who ripped the gilt bronze tiles off the roof and took them to Syracuse in order to ship them to Constantinople. They never arrived because they were stolen by pirates on the way. In the 17th century Urban VIII took the gilt from the portico to make 80 cannons for Castel S. Angelo. However he added two campanili, sometimes attributed to Bernini, to the outside of the building. As they never fitted with the design of the original building they were finally taken down in the mid 1880s. In 1870 the new government of the united Italy took over the maintenance of the buiding and it became a national shrine and memorial to the kings of the new kingdom.
7. Another curiosity about the Pantheon’s dimensions is that the height from the floor to the oculus, and the diameter of the dome are the same: 43.2 m. This means that a perfect sphere could fit inside the Pantheon. Which is believed to be a symbolic reference to a sacred place, or quite literally, to the celestial sphere.
8. Raphael, who died in 1520, is buried in the Pantheon next to one of his lovers, Maria Bibbiena. Gossip has it that he always intended to marry her but postponed the day repeatedly because he was having an affair with La Fornarina, immortalised in his portrait of her which now hangs in Palazzo Barberini. Numerous other painters – Annibale Caracci, Taddeo Zuccari, Baldassarre Peruzzi, Pierino del Vaga and Giovanni da Udine – are also buried there. The two first kings of Italy are enshrined inside the Pantheon, Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I along with his wife Margherita.
9. The Pantheon’s dome was the largest in the world for over 1300 years, until the title passed to Florence’s cathedral in 1436. Today the world record is held by the National Stadium in Singapore however the Pantheon remains in 15th place.
10. The Pantheon still retains a record however: it is the world’s largest concrete dome suspended without reinforcement. This is possibly due to a combination of factors, including the arches contained in the 6m-thick walls supporting the ceiling, the various densities of concrete used in the construction of the dome and its thickness which lessens gradually as it nears the centre. This is why the dome appears slightly flattened from the outside while seeming perfectly round from the inside.

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