Talking about Roman bath, or Roman Terme, you might think about Caracalla, as one of the most well-perserved Roman bath. However, just inside Rome city center, there are many heritages of Roman Terme which are much older than Caracalla. They might not be the most well-perserved ones, but they did tell a story of their time. I’ve spent a random afternoon inside Terme di Diocleziano. It is a museum and one of the museums under Musei Nazionale Romano, however, it was one of the most beautiful and luxury Termes.
Before you go to visit ...
Terme Di Diocleziano/Diocletian (only website in Italian)
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9.00-19.45 (Every Monday closed, 25 December and 1 January closed)
Last entry in a day: 1 hour before closing time
Price: €10 / €12 (valid for 3 days with single access to all Museo Nazionale Romano)
Free days: 21 March, 25 April, 9 May, 2 June, 29 June, 4 August, 1 September, 13 October
Payment: Cash / Credit Card
The entrance is a "secret"
A quick history about it
Visiting the 3 parts of Terme di Diocleziano
The cloisters and the exhibition halls (including the most famous Michelangelo cloister) which displays the status from around 50 AC to 200BC, showing quickly the preference towards beauty, art, and culture near pre-empire and the beginning of empire era.
The ancient Terme has now the open chamber without luxury marble decoration. It shows the ancient Roman bricks directly. The museum offers a short video to show this ancient Terme virtually. So, you can have an idea how colorful and beautiful it was before. It is said that the construction costed thousands of Christian slaves’ lives. In return, it was the biggest Roman terme in the world with a capacity of 3000 people. It even offered library, public pools and various hot/cold bath services at that time.
The last part is on the second floor where I found most interesting. The exhibition shows a normal tribe’s life in the pre- Rome time – no Roman Empire, no Repubblica, and even no Romulus and Remus.