Hotel near Piazza della Repubblica
One of the advantages of staying at the Hotel Lux Hotel is that it is being close to Piazza delle Repubblica. This square, which was once called Piazza dell'Esedra, is 850 metres from the hotel. You can get to it by walking along Via Gaeta towards Via Castelfidardo, Via Goito, Via Cernaia, Via Pietro Barbieri, Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando. It is one of the most important and highly frequented squares in Rome. It is formed by a large circular space, where you will see the distinctive and majestic Fountain of the Naiads. The fountain was built by the artist Mario Rutelli in 1901 and depicts four nymphs: the Nymph of the Lakes, the Nymph of the Rivers, the Nymph of the Oceans and the Nymph of the Underground Waters. At the centre of the fountain, there is the Glauco group, built in 1912 and symbolising man's dominion over the forces of nature.
The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs also looks out onto the square and is the church where the Italian Republic's official ceremonies take place. With its decadent external appearance and spectacular interiors, it was designed by Michelangelo and is the only Renaissance church in Rome. The interiors are decorated with large frescoes on the walls and huge marble columns of different colours. On the floor, you will see the Meridian line created by Francesco Bianchini in 1703. The Basilica can be visited every day from 7 am to 7.30 pm. Facing Piazza della Repubblica are the Baths of Diocletian, the most impressive ones in Ancient Rome. The semi-circular perimeter of Piazza della Repubblica was created by Gaetano Koch, at the end of the nineteenth century, specifically to enhance the grandiose exedra of the spa complex.
The Baths of Diocletian, which stretched for 13 hectares and could accommodate up to 3000 people, can be visited from 9 am to 7.30 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.