rome at night

Historic centre of Rome – day one

Weekend in Rome

Another tittle of this blog might be ‘Back to Rome’ as we were there quite a few years ago. However, the last time we only spent part of our trip in Rome and spent some time traveling outside the city. We also visited Grotte di Frasassi and Vesuvius volcano.

This time, it was a trip to spend a weekend in Rome – we wanted to walk around historic centre of the city and enjoy Roman food.

We arrived in Termini station just before midday and first thing to do was to have a late breakfast or brunch; there is another blog about our gastronomical experiences during this weekend; those were really outstanding and really added much value to our trip.

Baths of Diocletian

Just after the meal, we went to Baths of Diocletian (Termas de Diocleciano) museum, which is a part of larger Museo Nacional Romano.

Baths of DiocletianThe Baths of Diocletian are huge complex and were construct three hundred years AD; they are located just in front of Rome Termini station.

Entrance cost for this museum was really good – only 10 Euro per adult visitor (we booked tickets online, only credit cards were accepted for booking).

I have to mention that this trip was during COVID-19 pandemic in October 2021, so we had to show our green certificates (COVID passes) to be allowed to enter and beforehand they measured out body temperature.

Both inside and outside of museum there were many ancient artefacts witnessing power and success of the Roman civilisation. However, all buildings and gardens of the complex are what I enjoyed the most.

We were there about an hour or a bit more and decided to move on.

Fountain of the Naiads

Fountain of the Naiads
Fountain of the Naiads

In the west part of the Baths of Diocletian complex is located Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri church. We saw it from the inside of the complex, however it looks much better from the street. Architects of this church were Michelangelo and Luigi Vanvitelli.

And there is another amazing site in front of the church – Fountain of the Naiads.

Whole square around the fountain looks amazing – you can definitely see this from the picture here. This definitely made our weekend in Rome enjoyable straight from the beginning of the visit.

Monti Palace Hotel

From the fountain we went to Monti Palace Hotel where we booked a room for stay during our weekend trip to Rome. Just have to say that hotel really deserves its four stars; room, breakfast, reception service – everything was top level. We were surprised about walls – the room was very quiet, almost no sounds from the street came into the room, perhaps, because all walls are covered with some fabric.

terrace viewAnother feature of the hotel is its roof terrace, they call it Tiziano Terrace, which is located on the top floor of the building and offers 180 degree views of the Monti district. You should book a table to be able to see sunset from the terrace, sunset views are really beautiful.

One tip – do not plan a dinner on terrace, just order a drink (some snacks are complementary). Breakfast is served on terrace in the morning and is really good but for some reason food in the evening does not stand out at all.

Evening walk

After sunset, we went out for late night walk. The city was very busy even after 10pm when we returned from our walk.

We walked along Via dei Fori Imperiali and enjoyed night views of the city, its fantastic squares and buildings – Piazza Venezia, Fontana dell’Adriatico, Fountain of the Tyrrhenian, Campidoglio and many other fascinating places on our way back to the hotel.