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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 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.

��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) ��'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).

Go back to the Models; The Pavilion on the right of the Exedra today is the church of 'S. Bernardo alle Terme' (5)
And the Pavilion on the left of the Exedra today is the restaurant called 'Ristorante Terme di Diocleziano'.
(7) Also

Aerial Photo; 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