National Roman Museum - The Baths of Diocletian

National Roman Museum - The Baths of Diocletian

National Roman Museum - The Baths of Diocletian
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Neighbourhood: Esquilino
Old school vibe from the very beginning is the only way to describe the Esquilino neighbourhood. The Esquilino takes pride in being one of the oldest areas in Rome for its key location on one of the city’s famous seven hills. From an ancient neighbourhood to its modern incarnation as a multicultural hub, Esquilino always has something going on—polyglot vendors debate street artists while kids play pick-up basketball games. Look around you: this area isn’t like the historic centre. Liberty architecture, large piazzas, and long boulevards mix with archaic arches, secret side alleys, and beautiful churches like Santa Maria Maggiore.
How to get there
  • Repubblica - Teatro dell'Opera • 4 min walk
  • Termini • 4 min walk
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  • soinic
    2,616 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see in this oasis of calm.
    Entering this place you leave behind you the chaos, dirt, noise ... around Roma Termini! The cloister hosts a very interesting museum which shows special artefacts explaining Roman everydays life a long time ago. Magical! The fountain of Anna Perenna merits your attention! A ladies handheld fan which was found in a tomb looked very special too! A lot of sculptures, mosaics, sarcophages etc The remains of the Diocletian Baths are very huge and special .... Not very busy, it was a very interesting visit. Plan enough time because there is so much to see. We bought the combiticket which includes also the Palazzo Massimo museum (both should be a good alternative to the usual overcrowded tourist places in Rome). You can have a quick glance and very short walk for free at the garden in front of the entrance to buy/show your ticket.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Ksenia Rrr
    Germany11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Taking you away from the hectic city life
    I was struck by the atmosphere of peace and beauty. The place is very enchanting, taking you away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Both inside and outside the museum, one could leisurely stroll and immerse oneself in the ancient Roman world!)
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 January 2024
  • Joe M
    Glen Cove, New York1,007 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice museum - would recommend saving your visit for interesting special exhibits
    The museum’s standing collection is nice but unremarkable - lots of statues, sarcophagi and frieze fragments which are quite common throughout Rome. The thing that really impressed me was the special exhibit they had on Roman conquest of Dacia in the immense halls of the baths of Diocletian (which are the biggest in the Roman world). Both the exhibit content and exhibition space were excellent! If you’re reading this in Feb or March 2024, I would definitely recommend a visit!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 February 2024
  • Conseiller99
    Roseland, New Jersey1,391 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent exhibits and artifacts, but viewing the ruined baths is a bit of a challenge since things are not well-marked.
    This was an excellent experience wtih the exhibit on Dacia, and the various other National Museum artifcats and exhibits. Our one drawback is that the directions on how to visit the baths were really poorly marked and not easy to follow, unlike the much-better marked Baths of Caracalla which we visited the day after. For one thing, they don’t make it clear where you are at any given time as you walk around the ruins. You see the pool with a sign saying “Frigidarium” with an arrow, but where? We recognized that Michelangelo was instructed to build a church in the middle of the baths, but what they don’t make clear is that is NOT PART of the ticket. We found out after our visit that you can see the excellent remains of other parts of the baths by visiting (for FREE) the adjoining Basilica of Santa Maris dell Angeli, which is what Michelangelo was responsible for…so we’re going over there tomorrow to see that. You really shouldn’t do one without the otherm, but that doesn’t seem to pop up anywhere.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • MILOUW
    New York City, New York1,363 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Largest Roman era baths ever built
    It is an awesome sight to contemplate the height of the walls and of the vast foot print of the largest baths built by the Romans. Currently there is a small but fairly interesting temporary exhibition on the Dacia region and it's links to the Roman Empire. The museum also gives access to two cloisters from a nearby Church.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 April 2024
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Ted C
18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
The Baths house some truly interesting collections in a beautiful location. The story of archeologists uncovering the lives of the earliest Romans is fascinating… unfortunately, this museum suffers from a very poor layout, further let down by an absence of sign posting or advice on how best to navigate through the exhibits. Outside there is a beautiful courtyard full of sculptures - a large majority of the identifying tags on the sculptures have faded to illegibility in the sun, leaving you with no idea what you are looking at. No sign of an audio guide being available - if there is one, I suggest you grab it. What remains of the baths are awe inspiring - but the only signage seems intent on describing how the baths were destroyed and built over, rather than how they were used and what part they played in Roman life. Topping off our experience, some sort of alarm was going off the entire time we were at the museum, making it impossible to hear anything. The only two staff members we saw in the museum were totally uninterested in the alarm or literally anything else. Despite all this, this exhibit, and the story of the history of early Rome, is worth seeing… but it deserves a lot better.
Written 18 September 2022
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Blue Heeler
Brisbane, Australia753 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Business
As mentioned with my other review of The Palazzo Massimo which is just across the road, it is not worth the full entry price as many exhibits are closed. This museum has indoor and outdoor exhibits that many of them are just blocks and incomplete sculptures. Not trying to be supercritical, but there are better pieces in other museums in Italy. Most impressive thing about this museum is the Basilica that was built over the area. The incredibly thick walls and massive brickwork are impressive to behold.
Written 14 July 2021
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Richard H
Leeds, UK418 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I bought a combined ticket which included access to this site plus Palazzo Massimo & Palazzo Altemps. The ticket cost me €19 - which is higher than usual because there is a special exhibit at the Baths of Diocletian.
The Special exhibition included exhibits from Pompeii and various other places.
This site is vast and includes things like tablets from the Arval brothers, lots of statues etc.
Written 3 July 2023
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Joe M
Glen Cove, NY1,007 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The museum’s standing collection is nice but unremarkable - lots of statues, sarcophagi and frieze fragments which are quite common throughout Rome.

The thing that really impressed me was the special exhibit they had on Roman conquest of Dacia in the immense halls of the baths of Diocletian (which are the biggest in the Roman world). Both the exhibit content and exhibition space were excellent!

If you’re reading this in Feb or March 2024, I would definitely recommend a visit!
Written 4 February 2024
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Sarah
Sandbach, UK39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
We visited here on our last day in Rome - we were killing time really having to find something near to the station before we caught our bus to the airport. It’s a beautiful, peaceful setting - even so close to Termini station. There are some stunning artworks and finds but like all of the historic sites we visited in Rome the interpretation is very dry and academic and the English translations are really quite bad. That said if you just want to immerse yourself in the history it’s a lovely setting to do so. The cloisters are beautiful and what’s left of the baths are huge and awe inspiring.
Written 21 April 2023
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Katy W
Barboursville23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Amazing museum and outdoor area! We would have stayed longer, but we had two young boys with us, and it was very hot. I recommend going in a cooler time of year, if possible, so you're able to really explore and see everything!
Written 15 July 2023
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delagioventu
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1,511 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Very nice museum, close to the central station of Rome. Outside and inside. Beatiful collection of statues. Impressive bath building. Some of the exterior parts can be visited without entrance fee.
Written 7 April 2023
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Ksenia Rrr
Germany11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I was struck by the atmosphere of peace and beauty. The place is very enchanting, taking you away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Both inside and outside the museum, one could leisurely stroll and immerse oneself in the ancient Roman world!)
Written 22 January 2024
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Conseiller99
Roseland, NJ1,391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was an excellent experience wtih the exhibit on Dacia, and the various other National Museum artifcats and exhibits. Our one drawback is that the directions on how to visit the baths were really poorly marked and not easy to follow, unlike the much-better marked Baths of Caracalla which we visited the day after. For one thing, they don’t make it clear where you are at any given time as you walk around the ruins. You see the pool with a sign saying “Frigidarium” with an arrow, but where? We recognized that Michelangelo was instructed to build a church in the middle of the baths, but what they don’t make clear is that is NOT PART of the ticket. We found out after our visit that you can see the excellent remains of other parts of the baths by visiting (for FREE) the adjoining Basilica of Santa Maris dell Angeli, which is what Michelangelo was responsible for…so we’re going over there tomorrow to see that. You really shouldn’t do one without the otherm, but that doesn’t seem to pop up anywhere.
Written 19 February 2024
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,363 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
It is an awesome sight to contemplate the height of the walls and of the vast foot print of the largest baths built by the Romans.
Currently there is a small but fairly interesting temporary exhibition on the Dacia region and it's links to the Roman Empire.
The museum also gives access to two cloisters from a nearby Church.
Written 2 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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