Pantheon in Rome to Charge Entry

The Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, recently announced that those wishing to visit inside the Pantheon in Rome will have to pay an entrance fee.

Rome, Pantheon.jpgThe Pantheon is an ancient Roman temple on Piazza della Rotunda, and is famous for its large circular domed cella with an oculus that provides natural light. It is one of Rome’s best preserved monuments and is currently free to enter, which has perhaps played a part in it being one of Rome’s most popular attractions – with over seven million visitors per year.

Charging a fee to enter the Pantheon follows the example of other monuments around Rome, as Franceschini noted, saying: “I see no reason why it is compulsory to buy a ticket to visit the Colosseum and Forum, but to enter the Pantheon it is not.

As the Pantheon is currently in use as a church, the charging of an entry ticket will require approval from the Vicariate and any fee is likely to be small. It is hoped that the entry fee will help fund maintenance and also control visitor numbers during the peak season.

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