The Italian Minister of Tourism recently announced a new policy that will require all visitors to the Pantheon, one of the world’s most well-preserved monuments, to pay a €5 entry fee. This move comes as part of a national initiative to generate additional revenue from Italy’s cultural assets. The Pantheon, which attracts millions of tourists annually, is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy.
The introduction of the entry fee aims to address the funding needs for the cleaning and maintenance of the iconic monument. The Ministry of Tourism has set a target of allocating 70% of the generated revenue for these purposes. At the same time, the remaining funds are expected to be distributed to the Diocese of Rome. It is important to note that individuals attending religious services will be exempt from paying the fee.
Dating back to 117 A.D., the Pantheon boasts six-meter thick walls and the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. Its remarkable endurance has withstood the test of time, surviving even the invasion of the Barbarians. The site later transformed into a Christian church, further adding to its historical significance.
Other Entrance Fees to Italy’s Historical Sites
For those planning to explore Rome’s attractions, the Pantheon is not the only site with associated costs. Once capable of accommodating up to 65,000 spectators, the renowned Colosseum also requires an entrance fee. Audio guides in multiple languages for the Colosseum range between €35 and €97. Another notable attraction, St. Peter’s Basilica, can be visited for €39 to €49. To avoid disappointment due to high demand, it is advisable to purchase tickets for popular attractions well in advance of your planned visit.
Tourists are encouraged to explore options such as the Rome Tourist Card, which costs approximately €108. This digital pass grants access to various attractions, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill with multimedia experiences, as well as the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. The card also offers the convenience of skipping the line and utilizing an audio guide. A guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and Dome, along with a City Audio Guide App of Rome, are additional highlights of the Rome Tourist Card.