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
  • Termini • 3 min walk
  • Repubblica - Teatro dell'Opera • 5 min walk
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  • genibre69
    London, United Kingdom5,129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely worth a visit
    I didn’t think I would be much impressed, having seen MANY Roman baths all over the world, and after seeing the baths of Antoninus (sp?) in Tunisia. I was wrong! The vast nature of the ruins of the Diocletian baths are incredibly impressive, with pretty much all the explanatory placards in English. Heading into the cloister first (into which an aspect of the baths was converted) is confusing at first as you wonder, are these the baths?! But then reading on the conversion into a Catholic monastery, it makes more sense. Worth the free first Sunday visit for sure. Not overtly crowded.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 June 2023
  • Richard H
    Leeds, United Kingdom418 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large Complex with a lot of exhibits
    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.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Katy W
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    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!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • soinic
    2,443 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 Jersey1,393 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 York1,366 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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Kenpasha
Bellingham, WA743 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Diocletian reigned for over 20 years and, if you set aside his persecution of the Christians, his was a very successful reign. The slide in the currency's value was halted, the frontiers were stabilized,and he came up with the idea of four colleagues ruling the empire ( it remained for Constantine to split the empire into east and west for good). He was even smart enough to retire, and let others carry on, heating the burdens of rule.
Several items from other venues have been placed here, so this site has many sections and exhibits of interest
If you look at the scale of some of the "cold" and"hot" bathing rooms, this place was huge!
A must see in Rome.
Enjoy.
Written 17 May 2024
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MikeFo
Brighton, UK1,061 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The site has some wonderful green space and exhibits both inside and out. Quite a lot to try and take in on just a single visit, but some really wonderful pieces and well curated.
Written 5 April 2024
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,366 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
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Conseiller99
Roseland, NJ1,393 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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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
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.

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
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.

Ashleigh L
8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Ticket is reasonably pricey. We were wanting to see information and detail on the baths, the view of them was better on the outside. Not even a well labeled diagram of them was available.

Didn’t know what we were looking at half the time or what order to go around. Didn’t really engage or entice interest, just lots of small ancient pottery and tablets with no overarching story.

Might be better suited to an ancient history buff, but from a tourist perspective it’s worth a skip to save your money.
Written 13 December 2023
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soinic
Lux.2,443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 16 August 2023
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.

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
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.

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
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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