What to see near Termini Station to kill time waiting for a train or a business appointment? Let’s find out together.
Termini Station in Rome is Italy’s largest railway station.
In addition to providing a connection point for trains from all parts of Italy, it is also the central hub connecting the A and B subways with many bus routes.
Whether you are in Rome for leisure or work, you may happen to have a few hours to spend exploring the city while waiting for a connecting flight, for example, or while waiting for the appointed time to meet with colleagues.
Without straying too far, let’s see some corners of the eternal city that are worth discovering near the Termini station.
Six places to visit near Termini Station
The selected places are all within walking distance, so consider your time constraints carefully: if the wait exceeds a couple of hours, you might even visit more than one.
- Distance from Termini Station: 400 m
- Why you should visit: Palazzo Massimo, together with the Baths of Diocletian-also located near the Station, the Crypta Balbi and Palazzo Altemps compose the National Roman Museum complex. It comprises a collection of archaeological wonders from ancient Rome, as well as a numismatic collection covering every stage of Italic history: an authentic journey through time housed in an imposing structure spread over two floors, a basement, two galleries, and no fewer than 22 rooms.
Piazza delle Repubblica
- Distance from Termini Station: 500 m
- Why you should visit: Piazza della Repubblica, called Piazza Esedra until the 1950s, is one of the most striking squares in the city, which will reveal its full splendor, especially if you are lucky enough to see it after sunset. Crowned by the statue of the Naiads, with its four nymphs, it opens onto Via Nazionale, an artery full of stores and establishments, perfect for a leisurely stroll.
Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica
- Distance from Termini Station: 600 m
- Why you should visit: Located on top of the Esquiline Hill, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is one of Rome’s four Papal Basilicas, but it is the only one of being to have preserved its original early Christian structure. Tradition has it that the Virgin herself showed Pope Liberius where to build a church in her honor, marking the exact spot by covering the Esquiline Hill with snow on the morning of 5 August 352 AD.
The interior of the Basilica, its Cosmatesque floor, its gilded wooden ceiling, and its mosaics, are bound to leave you speechless.
Santa Maria della Vittoria
- Distance from Termini Station: 800 m
- Why visit it: Continuing past Piazza della Repubblica, you come to Santa Maria della Vittoria at the intersection of Via XX Settembre and Largo di Santa Susanna. It was built by the Discalced Carmelites to celebrate the victory of the White Mountain, fought on 8 November 1620 near Prague during the Thirty Years’ War, which was won – according to legend – thanks to an effigy of Mary in adoration of the child from which rays of light allegedly erupted, forcing the Bohemians to flee. The main attraction that encourages a visit to Santa Maria della Vittoria is undoubtedly the Ecstasy of St. Teresa of Avila, a divine sculpture by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
- Distance from Termini Station: 1 km
- Why visit it: Rione Monti is the first district of Rome and is located at the meeting point between Via Nazionale and Via Cavour. Dotted with boutiques, wine bars, vintage stores, art galleries, and ethnic and gourmet restaurants, it is the perfect place to wander aimlessly, letting yourself be surprised at each new alley you enter. In essence, Rione Monti is a district that evokes the days of the dolce vita, but does so with a modern flair.
- Distance from Termini Station: 2 km
- Why you should visit: A symbol of the Rome of the 1950s and 1960s, Via Veneto was at the center of the Italian jet set of the golden age of Cinecittà, consecrated definitively by Federico Fellini. Walking along Via Veneto, you will encounter several historic establishments, such as Harry’s Bar – which hosted Frank Sinatra on several occasions – and Caffè Doney, as well as the luxurious Hotel Excelsior and Hotel Palace. If you have more time on your hands (but not for the more sensitive), we recommend a visit to the Capuchin Crypt, an incredible structure whose interior is entirely decorated with human bones.
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