Visit of the Pantheon still free of charge?

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The Pantheon in Rome, with about seven million visitors a year, one of the leading attractions of the Italian capital. Originally, the entrance fee of 2 euros should be introduced as early as may.

The Roman Pantheon may continue to be for visitors free of charge. As the newspaper “reported Messaggero” (online edition Wednesday), Minister of culture, Alberto Bonisoli have a decision of his predecessor in December of 2017 postponed to charge a symbolic entrance fee of two euros.

According to the newspaper, the alleged turnaround for a culture of political dissent between the “Five star movement” that belongs to Bonisoli, and the coalition partners, the “Lega”. The party Secretary, the Minister of the interior Matteo Salvini, had made a few days ago in a view to rise in the future an entrance fee for the state-owned churches.

Carriages in front of the Pantheon in Rome

The “Fondo Edifici di Culto”, the Italian Ministry of interior, according to its own information, 820 Church buildings in all of Italy, including art historically significant, such as Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella in Florence and the Abbey of Farfa in Fara di Sabina. In Rome, 70 churches, including Sant’Andrea della Valle, Sant’ignazio, Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.

Dome of the Pantheon in Rome

A year ago, the introduction of an entrance fee was established, with expenditure for the maintenance of the building and the safety of visitors. The visit of Church services should remain free. The Church leadership wished to pursue the previous practice of “no financial barriers to the freedom of access to places of worship to set up,” it said.

In contrast to cities such as Venice or Florence, the Pantheon would be the first Catholic house of God in Rome, which collects an entrance fee for sightseeing.

The Pantheon was probably begun under the reign of Emperor Trajan 114 ad, as a temple dedicated to all gods. Under the Emperor Hadrian it was made between 125 ad and 128 ad to finish. Over 1700 years, it had, as measured on the inside diameter, the largest dome in the world. The “La Rotonda” building and the square in front of it in the middle of the Roman town are one of the busiest squares of Rome.

The Colosseum is the largest of the, in ancient Rome, built the Amphitheater

In planning a new visit to what is now the center of the Coliseum. According to a on Wednesday published a tender for the national cultural authority, the tourism-related services in a private building at the top of the Celio hill South of the amphitheater. Currently, the sale of admission tickets and a souvenir shop in the ancient vaults.

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DW-reporter Elisabeth Yorck von wartenburg has lived for half a year in Rome. The “Eternal city” is full of treasures – impossible to discover all of them at once! Here are their tips for a short trip.


  • Tips for a short trip to Rome

    The Highlights of the first

    In Rome there is so much to see that even half a year is not enough to discover everything. So what to do if you have only three days time? Of course, first of all, the Highlights of the visit.


  • Tips for a short trip to Rome

    Day 1 – Colosseum

    One of the absolute Highlights of the Colosseum, the biggest ancient Amphitheater in the world with around 50,000 seats. As it is, but many want to watch, you have to queue up for a long time. Best so the Ticket online in advance purchase.


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    The Roman Forum

    You can also buy a combined Ticket for the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. The Forum in the centre of Rome, where Cicero Talk of his ingenious swung, and the Roman emperors celebrated their victories. Today it is a picturesque landscape of Ruins in the midst of the modern city. My tip: 3D-reconstructions on the Internet help to the Forum of the antique better imagine.


  • Tips for a short trip to Rome

    Pantheon

    After a Pause, it can go by foot, because the next attraction is not far away: the Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, with its impressive dome. It was once fixes a sanctuary of the Romans, for all their God. Since the 16th century. Century it is used as a burial Church of important personalities such as the painter Raphael and king Vittorio Emanuele II.


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    Trevi Fountain

    From the Pantheon’s fountain continues to be Italy’s most famous. Who wants to now has been in love with Rome and return, the throws over the shoulder of a coin into the water. According to the legend, this is the warranty for a second visit to Rome. Because it is not like many tourists in the Eternal city, to land each year, around a Million Euro in the fountain.


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    Piazza Navona

    I lived in the vicinity of the Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful squares of Rome. Almost every night I came here with a Drink in the miracle that is the perfect evening mood in between the splashing fountains, the Baroque churches and magnificent, to enjoy Restaurants, and Cafés. In my opinion this place is the best way to finish an exhausting sightseeing tour.


  • Tips for a short trip to Rome

    Day 2 – St. Peter’s Basilica

    Recovered it the next day to the St. Peter’s Basilica. Clearly, Rome is not only for its ancient heritage, but also for its Vatican city. Accordingly, the snakes are here too long. The St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the largest churches in the world and is magnificently designed. The baptistery, the Pope’s tombs and the Statue of St. Peter are among the Highlights.


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    The Vatican from the top

    The climb to the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica is special because it goes to the curved inner wall of the dome along to the viewing platform in approximately 117 meters of height. It is important to overcome more than 550 levels. You have a magnificent view on the St. Peter’s square and the city.


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    Angel castle

    If you’re already in the Vatican, then a trip to the Castel Sant’angelo is worth it. The building was in the 2. Century as a Mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Hadrian erected and later as a fortress expanded. A secret passage from the Apostolic Palace to the castle Sant’angelo, the popes could take refuge in case of danger behind the massive walls. Today, the round building houses the national Museum.


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    Ice cream and Pizza

    After two Sightseeing days, you should be treating yourself to an ice cream. Many ice cream shops have a huge selection of flavors. My favorite ice cream was Bacio – a “kiss” of chocolate and hazelnut. Or a piece of Pizza on Hand and then just through the streets of Rome to stroll. Most of the time I had next to the Piazza Navona a specific goal:


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    Spanish Steps

    The Spanish steps, surrounded by sidewalk cafes, Restaurants and fashion boutiques, is still one of the largest stairs of the Baroque period. Here many tourists and Locals sitting on the steps, meet for a stroll and a chat. Artists perform their art pieces, street vendors offer their Goods. “La vita è bella” (life is beautiful) is the Motto here.


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    Day 3 – Before the gates of Rome

    Rome is beautiful, but can also be very exhausting. It is often hot, road traffic is chaotic, many people are on the go, pickpockets try their luck. Therefore, my tip would be to, on the last day before the gates of Rome. In the surroundings there is much to discover. As the Via Appia Antica, the Roman Empire, one of the most important trade roads of Italy.


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    Ostia Antica

    With the train you can easily reach Ostia Antica, Rome’s ancient port city of 50,000 inhabitants. The ruins area with thermal baths, theatres, temples and residential houses is so vast that tourists distribute and you can immerse yourself in peace in the ancient world of the Romans. Some buildings are so well preserved that it takes as much imagination as in the Roman Forum.


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    Sun, Beach, Sea

    Bella Italia without the beach and the sea? Not in Rome! Ostia Antica is not far to the beach of the Romans in Lido di Ostia. Here is usually very busy and many leave their garbage, but if you find a place for himself, in the best further to the South, you can here wonderful his trip to Rome in the evening.

    Author Elisabeth Yorck von wartenburg