Viminal, Quirinal, and Esquiline walk

Viminal, Quirinal, and Esquiline walk: rare gems near Termini, including the bath of Diocletian. During this half day afternoon walk you will see different churches, works of art and you can let yourselves be captivated by the beauty of the Roman museums near the Termini train station.

Viminal, Quirinal, and Esquiline walk:a close up

The Church of S. Maria degli Angeli, still most magnificent, is now entered by a rotunda (Laconicum), which contains monuments of some interest. The Church of S. Maria delta Vittoria, built in 1605, by Carlo Maderno, commemorates an image of the Virgin, burnt in 1833, which was revered as having been instrumental in gaining the victory for the Catholic imperial troops over the Protestant Frederick and Elizabeth of Bohemia, at the battle of the White Mountain, near Prague.
Close by is the handsome Church of S. Susanna, rebuilt by Carlo Maderno, for Sixtus V., on the site of an oratory founded by Pope Caius (.\.D. 283). Opposite this, is the Cistercian convent and Church of S. Bernardo a rotunda of the Baths of Diocletian, turned into a church in 1498, by Caterina Sforza, Contessa di Santa Fiora.
Opening from the left of the Piazza Barberini is the small Piazza of the Cappuccini, named from a convent which has always been one of the largest and most populous in Rome. The conventual church, dedicated to S. Maria della Concezione, contains several fine pictures. In the first chapel, just on the right, is the magnificent Opus of Guido Reni, the Archangel Michael trampling upon the Devil, said to be a portrait of Pope Innocent X., against whom the painter had a peculiar spite.

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Viminal, Quirinal, and Esquiline walk: the itinerary

Line A, stop at Termini station
Exit at Piazza dei Cinquecento
Viale Enrico de Nicola, 79 or Largo di Villa Peretti
National Roman Museum – Baths of Diocletian or Palazzo Massimo
All the obiects of palatine and tiberine museums are kept here, with some frescoes from Farnesina, the statues of Bacchus, found in the Tiber, of Athleta and more. There is the very interesting marble inscription of the ludi saeculares (17 b. C.), found out in 1890, near Ponte Trionfale. There are moreover some mural paintings from a patrician villa of the 1st century a. C., some mosaics, and the magnificent Hermaphrodite, we admire among the latin inscriptions the Acta fratrum Arvalium and the table of the Ligures Balbiani.

Via Cernaia 9
Basilica of St. Maria degli Angeli
It was erected by Pius IV.who gave the charge to Michelangelo; it was granted to the Certosini and was modified by Vanvitelli in 1740. There are  precious paintings of the most celebrated authors, as the Domenichino, Maratta, Roncalli.

Via Torino, 94
San Bernardo alle Terme
It is one of the round buildings of the Thermes of Diocletian, reduced into church by Catharine Sforza, in 1498, it was restored by Pius IX.

san bernardo alle terme

Via XX Settembre, 14
St. Susanna alle terme di Diocleziano
It was founded in 283 and had the title ad duas domus by the houses of Gabinus and the bishop Caius.

Via XX Settembre 17
Santa Maria della Vittoria
It was constructed under Paul V. in 1605, by Maderno and dedicated to St. Paul. It took its name by an image of the Madonna brought before the catholic army in the battle of Weiss en Berg, near Praga (1620). In 1833, the image and the altar were destroyed by the fire. There are kept the flags taken to the Turkish at Lepanto (1571), and Vienna (1863),the paintings by Domenichino and Guercino  and the marble statue of St. Theresa by Bernini and are to be admired.

santa maria della vittoria
About 6 minutes away, there is an interesting ice cream parlor “Come il latte“, in Via Spaventa 26. Walk Via Venti Settembre and Via Aureliana and back on course, after the ice cream, walking along via Sallustiana and via Di San Basilio. Look at the map.

Via Vittorio Veneto 27
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception of the Capuchins Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars

Via delle quattro fontane
Via Nazionale

Enjoy the dinner

Il Girasole
That of the trattoria Il Girasole is a characteristic Roman cuisine with pasta dishes (tonnarelli cheese and pepper, Rigatoni alla Carbonara, Amatriciana and much more) and meat specialties (Saltimbocca alla Romana, escalope with mushrooms, Fillet with Green Pepper). Do not miss tasty fish dishes, such as sea bass and sea bream to the Grid. But if you want, you can also find excellent pizzas.
Via del Boschetto 28
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Notes and opening hours

Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the MartyrsVia Cernaia 9
The Basilica is open continuously from 07.30 to 19.00. Sundays and holidays from 07.30 to 19.30

Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria  –Via XX Settembre 17
Morning: 7.00 / 12.00; Afternoon: 15.30 /0

Church of St. Susanna  –Via XX Settembre, 14

Church of San Bernardo alle Terme  Via Torino, 94

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception of the Capuchins  – Via Vittorio Veneto 27
Every Day 7:00 to 12:00 / 3.00pm -7.00pm

Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin FriarsVia Vittorio Veneto 27
Daily from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (last admission: 6:30 pm)
Double audio guides: € 6.00 Full: € 6.00 Single audio guides: € 4.00

National Roman Museum – Baths of Diocletian – Viale Enrico de Nicola, 79
Every day: 09:00-19:45 Closed on Mondays Single ticket valid for 3 days at 4 sites (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Baths of Diocletian) Full price: € 7.00

Palazzo MassimoLargo di Villa Peretti
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. Tickets: Single ticket valid for 3 days at 4 sites (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Baths of Diocletian) Full price: € 7.00

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