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Diocletian Bath and the Octagonal Hall

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Address: Viale Enrico De Nicola, 79, 00185 Rome, Italy
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I went to see the Henry Moore sculpture exhibit, thinking the Baths was an interesting venue for Moore. It was spectacular. More of the Baths' ruins are open to the public than... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Unlike other tourist attractions in Rome, Diocletian baths were almost empty. It felt incredible walking around the gardens and ruins and imagining how lives of romans were thousands of years ago. This complex included sculptures and relicts like a normal musuem, but open space and lighting made it very different and authentic. Great place to relax and learn more about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out of the 4 included in the ticket, this was by far our favourite. Historical baths, attached to the church of Angels (do go in it's AMAZING). We went in December, it was sunny and gorgeous and I can imagine it's even better in the summer. When we went there was a Henry Moore exhibit which added 8 euro to... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 398 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

At one end of Piazza della Repubblica are the 4th century Baths of Diocletian, which fell into ruin after the aqueduct which fed them was destroyed by invaders. In the 16th century, the Church of Santa Maris Degli Angeli was built inside the warm bath to a design by Michelangelo. The church contains some interesting artworks and an elaborate time... More 

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Lecce, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

I visited the Baths of Diocletian after many years so as to see the Henry Moore exhibition. His excellent works found a splendidly appropriate setting in the breathtaking Roman architecture, rivalling the Moore exhibition held in Florence many years ago.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Well worth the short walk from the better known old Roman sights. Remarkably preserved old Roman era baths - perhaps helped by later use in part as a church. Also hosts an impressive collection of statues and funerary objects and provides a remarkable exhibition space.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I went to see the Henry Moore sculpture exhibit, thinking the Baths was an interesting venue for Moore. It was spectacular. More of the Baths' ruins are open to the public than were available at my last visit. I'm only sorry that the exhibition catalog was only in Italian. You could spend all day here, the museum/baths complex is huge.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Of course, you see only the ruins, but the museum helps flesh out how vast they were and the incredible decoration that went into them. Up to 3000 people could bathe here at one time! Hard to fathom the building effort involved.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

If you expect to see baths and how the looked and were maintained in ancient time, big disappointment as you will only see a film replica of how they should looked. But, as museum, full of statues, the first floor and the inner court are delightful. As for baths, you can only see where they were located, more interesting is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

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.

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

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 

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