Terme, is the best part, even today, there is no glory to be seen, however, from a non-professional’s eyes, a Terme very much near to our current life, it’s easier for us to picture what a shower style it was!
Terme Di Diocleziano/Diocletian (only website in Italian)
Address: Viale Enrico de Nicola 78 , Roma
Worth a visit: ♥♥♥♥
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
Last week, I started to visit Museo Nazionale Romano, for a single reason, that it stands along my every-day passage to the language school, and whatever a foreigner or visitor for Rome would like to know something about this city, starts from the grand story of Romans. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish the Palazzo Massimo on the earlier afternoon, but I did enjoy the hot sticky afternoon hours in Terme di Diocleziano. This is one of the 4 museums, which you are able to buy a combined ticket to have all access to.
If you’ve, somehow, passed from Roma Termini (central train station) or Piazza della Repubblica which leads to Via Nazionale, you won’t miss the beautiful fountain and the magnificent Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. Well, don’t take the wrong way like me and many others, the entrance is located on the side facing to Roma Termini – a small entrance hidden in the shadow of the trees, behind the magazine store. The museum is partially open to the public, which means, you won’t visit all like what you see from the Internet introduction or images, as well as the little front garden is under maintenance now.
The museum is built right on the ancient location of grand Roman terme, of which in the old time, entrance should even reach Piazza dell Repubblica. The time is around end of 2 century BC and around end of 5 century BC, it’s abandoned, together with the collapsing of the famous aqueduct, the Rome city and the empire. In medieval time, Michelangelo remade it by forming up a separate Basilica by the order of Papa. And now, Basilica remains as it is, and the left is turned to the part of Museo Nazionale Romano. I know the general story, but I will suggest to google a bit before giving a visit. If you are interested, I suggest this link for a read.
除非你是出门只打的的旅游豪族，罗马的中央火车站怎么滴都应该路过一下吧？我是每天雷打不动的从火车站横穿大步迈入国家大道（Via Nazionale）就在角子上的罗马国家博物馆就算再不起眼，也不会“不被看见”，外加还有对街正对喷泉的棕红色连片建筑群在遍地都是米白色调的罗马，也是从冬天到夏天都很“碍眼”的。上周上完课走了一圈罗马国家博物馆，龟速般的只看了1/4，倒是隔了一天的Terme di Diocleziano给我一个下午就看完了，推荐给预算2-3小时之内的博物馆爱好者。
上面刚提过喷泉就在共和国广场（Piazza dell Repubblica）上，正对棕红色建筑群，别跟着一头栽进去就以为是博物馆入口了，那个正门面人家当然是献给Papa了，那是Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri，出自米开朗基罗的改造之手。真正的入口小小的，隐蔽在树荫下，还是在侧边（所以是边门），正对着中央火车站你就能找到。博物馆部分开放也不是一天两天的事了，能看的有限，上周去的时候，入口处的小花园里能看上一看的雕塑也被盖起来维护了，所以千万不要期望值太高，以为网上搜来的看点都能看到。
The museum mainly offers 3 parts to be visited, as my opinion:
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.
Terme part with the huge ground with the soaring-to-sky chamber brick walls. Thankfully the museum offers a short video to show the virtual terme in its most glory time, I would be able to picture it with the left parts now. It is said, but not officially confirmed, that the construction costs thousands of Christian slaves’ lives, in return, it’s the biggest Roman terme in the world, with a capacity of 3000 and offers library, public pools and even other hot/cold bath services.
The last part is hidden on the second floor where I found most interesting is the telling of the normal people in pre-Roman time – no Roman empire, no repubblica, and even no Romulus and Remus.
Obviously, to me, the second part – Terme, is the best part, even today, there is no glory to be seen, however, from a non-professional’s eyes, a Terme very much near to our current life, it’s easier for us to picture what a shower style it was!
最后一趴在楼上，主要有一个小展厅讲的是石器时代到古罗马帝国之前，甚至是Romulus and Remus兄弟故事和罗马城出现之前的发现。那些出土的陪葬文物就像讲故事一样，把当时古代人生活点滴都涵盖了，很有意思，值得一看。