Palazzo di Diocleziano
Palazzo di Diocleziano
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The ruins of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace date back to the late 3rd to early 4th century A.D.
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  • donavan94563
    Orinda, California
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Few Days in Split after Dalmation Island Cruise.
    Had a few days in Split after Dalmation Island Cruise. Diocletian's Palace is an ancient palace built for the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD, which today forms about half the old town of Split, Croatia. While it is referred to as a "palace" because of its intended use as the retirement residence of Diocletian, the term can be misleading as the structure is massive and more resembles a large fortress: about half of it was for Diocletian's personal use, and the rest housed the military garrison. Diocletian Palace is one of the best preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world. The Emperor's Palace was built as a combination of a luxury villa - summer house and a Roman military camp (castrum), divided into four parts with two main streets. Southern part of the Palace was, in this scheme, intended for the Emperor's apartment and appropriate governmental and religious ceremonies, while the north part was for the Imperial guard - the military, servants, storage etc. The Palace is a rectangular building (approximately 215 x 180 meters) with four large towers at the corners, doors on each of the four sides and four small towers on the walls. The lower part of the walls has no openings, while the upper floor is open with a monumental porch on the south and halls with grand arch windows on the other three sides. Over the centuries the Palace inhabitants, and later also the citizens of Split adapted parts of the palace for their own requirements, thus the inside buildings as well as the exterior walls with the towers significantly changed the original appearance, but the outlines of the Imperial Palace are still very visible. Today the remains of the palace are part of the historic core of Split, which in 1979 was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Although, the old town is quite expensive its a great place to explore the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Old Town and the promenade along Marjan Park. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, there are many spots throughout the old town which were used in the filming. Check out one of the many YouTube videos. Due to the crowds and temperature during the day, its best to stroll in the early evening and have dinner within the one of the restaurants along restaurant row at night ending with gelato. Expensive but quite picturesque and worth the price to take in the nighttime vibe.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Day Trip
    We got the €15 purple tickets for access to the treasury, crypt, temple, bell tower and cathedral. There was both lots and not much to see. Everything is right on top of eachother in a fairly small square and is much smaller than I had thought based on my research. I personally enjoyed going around and seeing everything but we did go during the extreme heatwave and so found it very very hot and very busy. If you're going to go I would say just get the purple ticket as it's the best value for money but take plenty of water. If you're interested in how the stuff got there, the tour groups that were visiting seemed to be armed with more information than what was around to read so if you find one in your language do listen in!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Maxcie S
    Birmingham, Alabama
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place to visit. A historical treasure
    Amazing place to visit. It is unbelievable that this palace has been inhabited for over 2000 years. Truly spectacular buildings and ruins inside the palace. Excavated tile floors with beautiful mosaics, a sphinx that is over 3000 years old and architecture that is astounding
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Roman Style Palace
    Unbelievably well maintained Roman palace/fortress. Detail is amazing with so many ancient structures to explore and enjoy. With all the alley ways, side street, main areas along with churches makes for an amazing journey through history of Croatia. Good to have a guide if possible, as wandering around yourself easy to miss hidden gems and historical buildings.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 August 2023
  • MichaelCoffey
    Kincardine, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extraordinary, enthralling and delightful.
    What an extraordinary place! The third century retirement retreat of Diocletian is now bustling hive of shops, restaurants , bars and apartments and walking the winding streets and alleys is a delight. Its structures provide a fascinating visual history of the many powers which have ruled over the city of Split. In my 70 years I have never seen anything quite like it; where els can you find a Spar convenience store in a former Venetian palace? A delight.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 August 2023
  • SnowyShasta
    Portland, Oregon
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting mix of ancient and modern
    We had a tour guide show us through the palace, and we didn't enter any areas requiring extra fees, only those that were free to access. Just walking through and listening to her, we learned a lot about Diocletian and this palace, his retirement home. The most fascinating part was seeing examples of both ancient/original construction and new construction right next to each other, and observing the ways that almost 2000 years of continuous inhabitation has changed some things and left others the same. We only spent a couple hours here, but it was a fascinating place to wander and observe.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Palace integrated in the old town
    Palazzo di Diocleziano (or Diocletian's Palace) is located in the old town of Split, a city in the Center of Dalmatia Region. In fact, it is part of the old town. It is a Roman palace built by Diocletian, a Roman emperor. When the empire falls, people come here and the city of Split was born. Nowadays, you can walk around some streets, which were inside the palace and you can see ruins of it, which are located next to Silver Gate. Also, you can see the perystile, some rooms of the palace or temples, which nowadays are squares, museums or little churches. Also the gates of the walls, really they are the main gates of this Roman palace. Incredible, wonderful old town! Also, you can walk around catacombs, where you can see an archeological museum and a real market. Fantastic! Integrated in the palace, also there are other buildings like the cathedral or Middle Ages palaces. One of the most old towns curious in the world! Top!
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Eva T
    United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place of rich history
    This is the Palace which made Split famous and it's the magnet bringing visitors to the city. It was built as a complex of several buildings, now mostly in ruin and the walls are used as part of newbuild restaurants, shops and apartments. During our visit it was overcrowded what we expected. Part of the complex was Diocletian's Mausoleum built to house the remains of the emperor after his death which turned in year 653 into St, Domnius Cathedral after being consecrated by the first bishop of Split and it makes it the second oldest Catholic cathedral in the world.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 October 2023
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Glimpse into Ancient Grandeur
    Exploring the Palazzo di Diocleziano in Split was a captivating journey into the past, showcasing the remarkable history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sheer size and preservation of the palace are commendable, and the underground cellars are an intriguing highlight. However, while the historical significance is undeniable, the experience was somewhat hampered by the crowds and the limited information available on-site. More informative signage would have enhanced the visit. Nonetheless, the atmosphere and architecture make it a must-see in Split, offering a glimpse into the grandeur of the Roman era.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • MateuszK
    Jaworzno, Poland
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most popular places in Split
    Probably the most popular place to visit in Split. I can't imagine visiting this city without seeing Diocletian's Palace. Unfortunately, the place is visited by crowds of tourists. Still, a must-see in Split.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 November 2023
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Bulag
Wash, D.C.105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Nice quick layout and history of the palace with a focus on the Christian 15th and 16th centuries use of the palace. Not overwhelming but still interesting.
Written 12 June 2024
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Joasi23
South Yorkshire, UK1,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Cannot visit Split and miss the palace , it’s located near the very busy port so expect lots of people . Plenty to see and enjoy without paying the optional fees that allow entry into various areas . Grab an ice cream and wander around the vast ruins . Not a lot of information boards so we actually researched after our visit , should have done that prior .
Written 11 June 2024
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,955 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This old palace is understandably very popular with tourists. Quite a lot of the palace's structure remains, although it is not clear how much has ben restored. The old town substantially exists within the palace's walls. Very impressive
Written 7 June 2024
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T D
Philadelphia, PA4,347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
While staying in Split old town, we wandered to the Plaza. It’s small but very beautiful and well maintained. A lot of tourists of course but still enjoyable to us! Beautiful sight to see about History!
Written 30 May 2024
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Jorde V
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Cool spot, far too many people though and you’re paying a lot for relatively little. I guess game of thrones fame upped their prices.

You’re paying for every little place you can visit. For example the “Temple of Jupiter” which is 3€ is just a 5mx4m room with a singular statue, and an admittedly cool ceiling. But the price for the visit is absurd. Same with the other spots, every little spot has a price of 3,5 or 7 Euros per spot. The subterranean part also has a price, it’s a bit bigger but it’s also 8 euros.

Went to Salona and Klis (Fortress also of Game of Thrones fame) the day after, much more bang for your buck. The entire fortress is 10 € pp. All of salona you can walk around for 8 € pp. far less people as well.
Written 22 May 2024
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Max K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful history, romantic stone buildings! Just spectacular! Must visit while you are in Split. It was bit busy since they where 2 cruise ships in the city but still equally nice!
Written 14 May 2024
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Renee V
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Our tour guide was very detailed and , knowledgeable. He provided an excellent tour. The tour show surprising present day use of an ancient castle. We would repeat this again.
Written 4 May 2024
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Antoni W
Krakow, Poland144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
City center, within the ancient walls of a Palace. Filled with restaurants cafés souvenirs shops, overlooking the harbour. Great place to visit lovely for a walk, a meal, or to sit and relax near the see. Highly recommended to visit and see the blend of medieval Croatia and ancient roman influences.
Written 21 February 2024
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,973 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I was expecting an actual palace. Instead, Diocletian Palace is a huge area (most of old town) that now has tourist shops, restaurants and hotels. If you just walked in you’d likely have no idea you were in a palace and instead would think you are in a walled town. If you take a walking tour you get a pretty good explanation of the palace and what you are seeing along with the historical significance. Seeing it with that context in mind, makes you see that indeed it had been a palace.
Written 17 January 2024
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I had not read things that carefully before we arrived and thought that the palace was its own entity that you could visit. In actuality it is just this entire large area that encompasses a significant portion of old town. There are separate portions such as the Cathedral and bell tower, the treasury, and the underground where you can purchase solo tickets or packages to see several. Also inside the walls of the palace are several restaurants, shops and narrow walking streets. You can wander the bulk of the palace area freely and see the structures but need to purchase tickets for the aforementioned areas as well as a few others. It’s an interesting mix of the old Roman structures from the end of the 3rd century blended with the church and random housing all built together using common walls and other portions of the initial structures.
Written 4 December 2023
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