1) DIOCLETIAN BATHS:
Is the largest spa of the ancient Rome. Built between 298 and 306 d.C. to service the inhabitants of Rome quarters of Quirinale, Viminale and Esquilino.
Extended over 13 ectars, held gym, library, swimming pools, frigidarium, tepidarium and calidarium. In the 1560, those spaces were transformed by Michelangelo to create the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, then altered in the 1749 by Vanvitelli.
Michelangelo also designed the Chiostro were today are exposed more than 400 masterpieces such as sculptures, painting, sarcophagi coming from around the area.
2) CRYPTA BALBI:
Constructed bu Lucio Cornelio Balbo in the 13th century a.C..
The complex is formed by the entire site situated between Via delle Botteghe Oscure, Via dei Polacchi, Via dei Delfini and Via Caetani.
3) ALTEMPS PALACE:
Called Palazzo Altemps by the Cardinal Marco Sittico Altemps who bought it in the 1568 to make it as his own residency. The palace is situated near by Piazza Navona, in Piazza Sant’Apollinare. The visit is extended on two floors that sorround an internal courtyard with a stunning fountain in the middle.
Palazzo Altemps ownes its importance to the most beautyful collection of Egiptian pieces and to Roman and Greek sculptures that belonged to nobel families of Rome.
4) MASSIMO PALACE:
Built in the late 1800’s in Neo-Renaissance style, today is the main National Roman Museum that hold hundreds of Romans pieces on four floors.
On the lower ground floor, there is an important collection of coins that once was owned by King Vittorio Emanuele III di Savoia.
On the ground floor you find masterpieces of statues dated back to the old Republic period such as the Pugile in Riposo made entirly of bronz dated back to the IV century a.C. and the Principe ellenistico of 180-160 a.C..
The Fanciulla of Anzio and the Sarcophagus of Portonaccio sculptued a battle in high relief, and finally, the second floor host the frescoes of Ninfeo of Villa Livia (wife of Augusto), and endless mosaics that once were part of famous and prestigious Romans villas.
Opening times, tickets, services
Open every day from 9.00 to 19.45.
Closed Mondays (except Easter Monday and during the “Week of Culture”), 1 January, 25 December.
The ticket office closes one hour before closing time.
Single ticket valid for 3 days at 4 sites (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Baths of Diocletian)
Full price: € 7.00
Reduced: € 3.50 for European Union citizens ages 18 to 24 and for European Union teachers.
Free: Visitors 17 and under and European Union citizens 65 and over.
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