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“Roman Empire to the Renaissance” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Diocletian Bath and the Octagonal Hall

Diocletian Bath and the Octagonal Hall
Viale E. di Nicola 79, Rome, Italy (Castro Pretorio)
06 489 035 00
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Ranked #145 of 686 Attractions in Rome
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Cultural
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Chicago
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“Roman Empire to the Renaissance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This site is one of the great Roman ruins in the city that help modern day visitors get a sense for the scale and quality of architecture during the Roman empire. So well built was the complex that Renaissance popes redeveloped it as a magnificent Capuchin monastery under the direction of Michelangelo. The museum is filled with very good quality Roman and Greek sculpture, along with a wide variety of grave markers and sarcophagi from the Roman empire. You get a lot of history within a short two-hour visit.

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting and educating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

There are three parts to the site, The Basilica, The Baths and the Museum. The ground floor of the Museum was very good with very informative texts for the displays and some very interesting pieces. The epigraphic display is really good. The displays upstairs are also good but there is little in the way of extra information for them. The cloister area is also good - there are some excellent stone carvings. The museum costs about 10 Euro I think.

The Basilica is huge and worth a visit on its own - it is free. I am not sure if the Baths are free but the buildings are worth a visit anyway. There was a very good exhibition in the baths when we visited.

Visited June 2013
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“Cluttered visit”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Visited in June 2013. It was included in the civic museum ticket and very close to Palazzo Massimo Terme. The cloister was beautiful, but the presentation of the collection seemed a bit hodgepodge and not very easy to follow. I found the writing presentations on the bottom floor of the Capitoline Museums much easier to follow.
Upstairs had no AC - we had to go back down immediately because it was so hot. The Michelangelo church in the other section of the baths does not require a ticket and was a much more interesting visit than this site.

Visited June 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Lots to See in One Site!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We went here on our final morning before heading out on the train. The entry to the church that backs onto the Bath is free, but the paid ticket will get you into the ancient site and the museum. The size of the baths is breathtaking and they integrated both ancient and contemporary Roman art into the site. They had a video projection in one of the rooms of the bath that was really interesting.

Keep in mind the ticket to get into this museum will also get you into the National Museum across the street and two other museums on the other side of Rome. It's a great value (and can also be used as part of the Roma Pass).

Visited June 2013
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

To have such a large Baths comples be so complete is amaing! The scuplture and sarcophogases are amazing.

Visited April 2013
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