Baths of Diocletian

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Viale Enrico De Nicola, 79

Tel. +39 06 39967700

Opening hours Open 9:00-19:30 (Last entry 18:30). Closed Mondays, Jan 1st and December 25th.

Ticket prices Entry costs €7.00, or €3.50 for EU citizens under 25 (free entry for under 18s). The ticket also allows entry to Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, and Crypta Balbi.

The walls of the Baths of Diocletian, just across the piazza from Rome's Termini Station, are among the first sights that visitors have of the city's ancient structures. Most tourists leave it at that, but the Baths are worth a visit if you have the time.

The Baths of Diocletian, built around the end of the third century AD, are the city's largest network of thermal baths, and were able to host more than 3,000 bathers at once. Today, the structure is home to the National Roman Museum, and although it is partly under reconstruction, there is still plenty to see. One curious aspect is the way that the buildings have been appropriated and adapted over the centuries: there are two churches within the walls now, as well as exhibition spaces. The 16th century cloister, designed by Michelangelo, claims to host more than 400 artworks, including statues, reliefs, altars,and sarcophagi.

Visiting the Baths

Their proximity to Termini Station makes the Baths of Diocletian easy to reach. Just make your way to Termini, and then head west across Piazza dei 500. The ticket can also be used at various other sites, within three days of first use. (See above for details.)