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Restaurant in ancient ruins; Piazza Repubblica/Termini area

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I was just going to post my past post about this restaurant within an ancient ruin to a current thread but I noticed that most of the URLs when dead.
�So I figured I'd add some good URLs and rewrite it and repost it. I'm going to number the photo URLs so if they go dead in the future I can just post a new one with the same number.


This restaurant now has a website
www.termedidiocleziano.it/english.html and can also host large groups (click-on 'Info' link).


�The restaurant is located in one of the two circular Pavilions that were located in the corners of the vast 'Baths of Diocletian'.
�Today these 2 Pavilions are completely seperated from the remaining ruins of the Baths which house a church, museum and a few other areas sometimes open to the public.


�The land was purchased ~298AD and the Baths were dedicated ~305/6AD and covered a 356mx316m area.


�Now in the next 2 models of the Baths I want you to look at the top end of the complex.
(1) http://tinyurl.com/6ow7ms
(2) http://tinyurl.com/69gvj6

��Notice in the exact center a semi-circular structure, that is the Exedra with rows of wide steps, it was likely used for theatrical performances and on top a terrance overlooking the city.

On each side of the central Exedra there are buildings which were likely libraries (1 for Latin texts & 1 for Greek texts).

�And on each side of the libraries there are circular dome buildings in the corners, these are called Pavilions.
�Kind-of like this o=_^_=o in the models.

Each Pavilion had 4 entrance/exits in it, 2 inside the Bath complex and 2 outside.
�I've found nothing on the purpose of these particular Pavilions so I assume they were just cool looking entrance/exit halls vs just a doorway in the Bath's outer wall?


�Ok put yourself in photo #2 standing in the open space in front of the Exedra facing the Exedra.
See the bldg behind you in the Model photo? Today it's a Church built into the Bath's remains (3) http://tinyurl.com/6xrks6 ��'S. Maria degli Angeli' originally designed by Michelangelo in 1563-6.

�So today if you are standing outside in front of the Church's door you would be in the Bath's Caldarium which is a strongly heated room with a hot pool, entering thru the Church's door would put you in the Bath's Tepidarium a warm room likely with a warm pool and the Church's main basilica would be the Frigidarium an unheated room with a cold pool. ��


�Modern bldgs (~1900) were build over the area of the semi-circular Exedra with the modern street (Via Nazionale) entering in the middle and into the Piazza della Repubblica (where you are imaginatively standing).
(4) http://tinyurl.com/4jujo8c http://tinyurl.com/4conv9d


Go back to the Models; The Pavilion on the right of the Exedra today is the church of 'S. Bernardo alle Terme' (5) www.romeartlover.it/Vas127bf.jpg
And the Pavilion on the left of the Exedra today is the restaurant called 'Ristorante Terme di Diocleziano'.
(6) http://tinyurl.com/5jdldg
(7) Also http://tinyurl.com/6466o9

Aerial Photo; http://tinyurl.com/4mq27up It is on Via Viminale at the corner or cross-street Via G. Amendola, in the photo it is bottom left of center. You can see the street name cut-off but labeled '...inale' of (Via Vim)inale and just above it a 'red arrow' and the cross-street going right labeled 'Via ...', the red arrow is directly in front of a *round* structure which is the restaurant.


[May 2006] I just got back from Rome and I ate in this restaurant 3 times.
I'm not a foodie or a winey :) but I thought the food was very good also it was the best steak I've ever had in Rome.
The House wine was a corked bottle for 10e which was fine.

The ancient Pavillion bldg that the restaurant is located in is round.
A passageway for cars was cut thru the middle which leads into a large courtyard private parking area. So on the ground floor the restaurant occupies ~half of the bldg. This section seats ~36 people comfortably.
The 2nd floor (20 steps) takes up the complete bldg and seats ~100.


You can see large sections of the ancient brickwork inside and where it had to be remodeled it was done with ancient style.
Like the doors and archways have a brick arch over them and along the walls there is a concrete band ===== (wainscoating) which mimics the popular ancient 'leaves and flowers' motif.
And the sinks in the w.c. are like ancient clay basins.


There is a diagram of the 'Baths of Diocletian' and info on the wall as soon as you enter.

There is a roof garden on the 2nd floor for outside dining, this is within the courtyard so no views except of the stars above.

The service was *very* friendly by everyone and I mean exceptional!
They also had a singing waiter with a guitar to liven things up. Their prices were great, I was only paying ~5e more than what I was paying in average restaurants where I was staying near the Roman Forum.

I had their most expensive steak fillet (15E), a pasta dish, bottle of wine, large bottle of water, bread and 10% service charge which all came to 40e. Meat dishes; 10-15e Pasta dishes; 8-15e (half under 10e) Fish; 15e Soup; 5-8e
Hors d'oeuvre; 8-12e Bottled 750ml House Wine; 10e.

It's called the Ristorante 'Terme di Diocleziano' on 'Via del Viminale 3/A'.
Telephone; 06.4742184 or 06.4872120
FAX; 06.48903083

�One night a large group (~40-50) arrived (not a bus tour) and went upstairs, so you can book the 2nd floor. Casual dress is fine.
Regards, Walter

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