Terme di Diocleziano


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Part of the Museo Nazionale Romano, Diocletian's baths were the largest in Rome when they were built in AD 298-306, able to accommodate 3,000 people at a time. For an idea of the immense size of the structure, tour the remaining fragments: the tepidarium and part of the central hall are in Santa Maria degli Angeli; a circular hall can be seen in San Bernardo alle Terme (piazza San Bernardo); and the Aula Ottagona (octagonal hall) - which used to house Rome's planetarium and now is occasionally used for exhibitions - is in via Romita.

A convent complex was built around the largest surviving chunk of the baths by Michelangelo in the 1560s: it now contains inscriptions and other items from the Museo Nazionale Romano ancient artefacts collection, including some of the hut-shaped funerary urns found in Lazio, which give an idea of what eighth-century BC houses looked like.

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Terme di Diocleziano details

Via Enrico De Nicola 79

Area Rome

Transport Metro Repubblica/bus 36, 38, 40Exp, 64, 86, 90Exp, 92, 105, 157, 170, 175, 217, 310, 714, 910 .

Telephone 06 3996 7700

Terme di Diocleziano website

Open 9am-7.45pm Tue-Sun.

Admission €7; €3.50 concessions.

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