Are you planning a trip to Rome or are you currently in the city and want to know what to see near Termini Station?
You’ve come to the right place. This article details the top # things you should check out around Termini.
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The Top # Things to See and do in and Near Termini Station in Rome
Train stations are normally not the nicest areas in European cities. That said, Rome is built on the remains of 3000 years of history.
1. Baths of Diocletian (Museo Nazionale Romano)
Entrance Cost: 9€
As a licensed tour guide of Rome, this is by far one of my favorite museums together with Palazzo Massimo ( see below). That is to say, when I have free time, this is one of the museums I come to since the museum has a lot of applied learning opportunities.
When you enter the museum today, you are actually entering a very small part of what was once a massive Thermal Public Bath, built by Emperor Diocletian in 306 AD. The bathhouse would have covered a whopping 32 acres (17 hectares).
Most importantly it could hold 3,000 potential bathers at one time. To put into comparison, Seaworld in Orlando, which is not a bathhouse, but a place where people go with water has on average only 1,885 people a day.
Contrary to the middle ages when people bathed once a year, the ancient Romans bathed daily and were also clean shaven. A typical day at the baths could last hours where one would play some sports, then maybe get a massage before heading over the Tepidarium ( warm water bath), the caldarium ( hot water bath), then frigidarium (cold water bath). They would typically bath in that order.
In addition, there was a Natatio which was a huge swimming pool. The Natatio in these baths was an astounding 43,000 square ft (4,000 sqM). To put that in perspective it is almost the size of a football field.
One area not to miss in the Museum is the Courtyard that was designed by Michelangelo. It is an enormous courtyard
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4. Palazzo Massimo alle Terme (Museo Nationale Romano)
Address: Largo di Villa Peretti 2
Entrance Cost: 7€ + cost of the exhibition if one exists (normally 3€ extra)
This is the place where the list derails a bit. There are many arguments for Palazzo Massimo, which is part of the Museu Nationale di Roma, to be higher up or even 2nd place. It is a very large and prominent collection including a captivating version of Discobolus of Casteloporziano aka Discus Thrower.
Very similar to many of the galleries on this list, you simply won’t find crowds here. The Vatican will be so packed with people it will turn you off to other museums but it is the only museum in Rome with crowds like that.
You can stroll into Palazzo Massimo with a reservation, buy a ticket, and enjoy tons of incredible works of art. Like all the museums on this list, we recommend a tour and can provide a private tour here. Contact us, [email protected]
If you are going it alone, here are the most notable works of art to see:
- Frescoes of Villa Farnesina
- Portonaccio Sarcophagus
- Collection of Ancient Coins (massive & impressive collection)
- Sleeping Hermaphroditus
- Via Cassia Mummy
- Ludovisi Hermes
- Tiber Apollo
- Discobolus of Casteloporziano
1. Horti Sallustiani (Gardens of Sallust)
The Gardens of Sallust are a really cool and centrally located ancient garden that was once owned by Julius Caesar himself! This is a great way to see something 99.99% of tourists don’t see and walk through a former property of the great general himself.
They are located nearby Termini station and don’t post regular hours. We recommend you call to see when they are open.
Address: Piazza Sallustio 21 | +39 06 4201 1597