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Diocletian Bath and the Octagonal Hall

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Address: Viale Enrico de Nicola, 79, 00185 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06 489 035 00
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I just cannot understand how these huge structures were built with using only basic hand tools and physical labor. Plus, how have these structures survived all these years? The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Reading, PA

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California, United States
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91 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is much bigger than you 1st think. The baths area is just a small part of a big area with an awesome museum. Everything was in English. A trip here gives you a LOT of information to think about and it answered many of our small questions from our visits to the main big attractions in Rome.

Thank Reginald S
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was mainly a museum with a small section about the baths- there was a video on a big projector screen which gave the most information about what the baths looked like but other than that it was just a museum and Henry Moore exhibition. The museum was a nice one though, quite modern light and spacious. Only cost us... More 

Thank Ellen G
Reading, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3,064 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just cannot understand how these huge structures were built with using only basic hand tools and physical labor. Plus, how have these structures survived all these years? The bricks and mortar look like they were just built. The Romans were engineering geniuses. Fascinating and well worth a visit. Entry was included in the price of the National Roman Museum,... More 

2 Thank luvroma2
San Diego, California
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358 reviews
269 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The part of the Diocletian Bath that I viewed was free to see as it was in a subterranean part of the Exedra Hotel where we stayed while in Rome. One can view it by looking through a glass window in the floor.

1 Thank traveltoforeignlands
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The size of the bath house was incredible. There is a film that plays so you can see images of what it was like in all it's glory. We spent about 1 hour walking around so it doesn't take much time.

Thank AnnualGetaway
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Situated opposite Roma Termini this is well worth a visit. Allow plenty of time to go round as there is much to see both inside and out. The extensive gardens contain many statues and other carvings and they are so peaceful it's hard to believe you're next to such a busy area of the city. The buildings surrounding the gardens... More 

1 Thank Mike W
Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

The external courtyard of the complex housing the Diocletian Baths and for Saint is beautiful and peaceful. Adjacent to major roadworks and near to the main rail terminus, it is a nice oasis. The entry price seemed high at €13, as I had a relatively short time and no knowledge or expectations. Making a beeline to the section housing the... More 

1 Thank Flashduck
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

A really nice and quite place with nice big gardens and cool interactive museum. The ticket is valid for 3 other museums.

Thank Ofer H
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We were excited to see this museum based off of the hype from other travelers. Honestly, we didn't get it- pretty big letdown. Don't go expecting to see an Ancient Roman bathhouse. This is really just a series of sculptures that happen to be inside an old bathhouse. The ruins of the baths, while impressive and interesting, wear off pretty... More 

Thank Alex M
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

This site amazes the senses..Such a massive structure is hard to imagine, without experiencing the vastness of the vaulting of the ceilings. You should take time to savour the architecture and imagine the missing flooring, which you can recreate in your mind by studying the holes in the walls that tell the tale...

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