IN SHORT: a tour designed to discover the Baths of Diocletian, the biggest in ancient Rome, with a passage to the churches of Santa Maria degli Angeli and San Bernardo, which were part of the bath complex in ancient times.
IN MORE DETAIL: a huge public bath facility that could hold up to 3000 people, a perfect mix of engineering and design for the entertainment and relaxation of the residents of the most populated neighborhoods in ancient Rome. Much of the monumental remains of this complex now houses a part of the National Roman Museum. Here you’ll find a rich collection of exhibits that account, above all, the daily life of Romans.
After recent cleanings and restoration, the area of the ancient giant swimming pool (the Natatio) has finally re-opened. Once surrounded by walls decorated with statues and precious marbles, it is a true spectacle of architecture.
Our itinerary closes with the two nearby churches: Santa Maria degli Angeli and San Bernardo, their walls once part of the bath complex.
An imaginary plunge into the ancient thermal pool and a real dive into everyday ancient Rome, perfectly embedded in the daily life of modern Rome, between museums, universities, churches and heavily trafficked squares.
OPTION: The ticket to the Baths of Diocletian is valid for 3 museums, one of which is next door: Palazzo Massimo. By adding just one more hour, we can go to see magnificent sculptures, frescoes and mosaics from ancient Rome. That is, what you can no longer see on the sites of archeological digs, you can see here!
ANOTHER OPTION: A visit to the Baths of Caracalla. This requires more time because it is further away, but the comparison between the two baths is very interesting!
MEETING PLACE In hotel or in front of the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli
DURATION 3 hours
PRACTICAL TIMES 9:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.
TRANSPORTATION On foot
SUITABLE FOR Everyone
TICKETS Adults €7, Under 18 free. Reduced fee for EU students between ages 18 and 25. Bring student IDs.
NOTES The ticket is valid for Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps and Crypta Balbi