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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  • Emily C
    5 contributions
    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, Alabama125 contributions
    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, Australia2,097 contributions
    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 Kingdom176 contributions
    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, Oregon2,312 contributions
    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, Spain22,077 contributions
    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 Kingdom2,450 contributions
    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
  • Aidan R
    12 contributions
    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, Poland226 contributions
    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
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,977 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walled in old town filled with restaurants, hotels and shops
    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.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 January 2024
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Derya T
Frederiksberg, Denmark25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Overpriced, most of the palace is closed for visit, so you can see the little museum, the small baptistery, little crypt, and the church with the tower. Dont pay for any of it except for the bells tower and the church which is a must see. The rest of the palace is occupied by shops and restaurants so you can see a lot of it with out paying.
Written 29 July 2020
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Oliver
Guildford, UK34 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Family
Don't visit without a guide! We bumped into a tour guide who seemed very friendly and knowledgeable and he took us round the Diocletian's palace (inside and out). Without him the place would have been very dull and meant almost nothing, a lack of signs and many rooms blocked off otherwise held no interest. He was full of interesting facts and really made the place come alive. I cannot recommend getting a guide enough, for 150kn per person + tickets we got over 2 hours of tour with recommendations for things to do/see/visit/eat in Split and the surrounding area
Written 14 August 2020
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donavan94563
Orinda, CA210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 17 July 2023
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Christian Danielsson
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
It is a nice place to see. Very old and yet well preserved. The guided tour i went with was pretty lame though. The man talking did not speak english that well and he spoke quietly. Not interesting. (The woman that worked with him had a big yellow sign).

You should see the basement even though it cost a little bit (especially if you like history)

Beware of the roman soldiers. The ones I talked to near the center of the palace wanted me to come and pose with them, and I did so. What they didn't tell you before was that they expected 50 Croatian kuna each for posing about 45 seconds with me and 45s with my brother. They became angry if you didn't. I recommend you keep a distance if you don't want to become robbed.
Written 2 July 2022
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Giorgia S
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Not safe for COVID! The mask is compulsory inside in Croatia right now, but we went visiting both the church and the crypt and no one was wearing it. We complain with the ticket office and they basically said they could do nothing about. Even if we were wearing it and are both vaccinated we didn’t feel safe inside, especially the crypt. Of course we did not the refund. It is incredible how little people and institutions still care after all that happened.
Written 17 August 2021
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Brian R
Horsens, Denmark756 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
To call the place a “Villa” is a huge understatement in modern terms. The palace was magnificent (served as military head quarters, too. Hence maybe the size). Spent hours and hours wandering streets and alleys and never ceased to enjoy the details and different styles. Lots of eateries, bars, coffee shops etc.
Written 15 July 2020
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA9,550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
The extraordinary complex of Diocletian's Palace is one of the most imposing ancient Roman structures in existence today. This is the city's living heart, its labyrinthine streets packed with people, bars, shops and restaurants. It is built as a combined imperial residence, military fortress and a fortified town. The lustrous white stone and marble columns add to the allure of the fascinating site.
Written 22 October 2021
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David S
Middlesbrough, UK2,363 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
My wife and I had a short stop off in Split whilst on a cruiser and we greatly enjoyed the prearranged excursion to the Palace. This former royal residence is really elaborate, with marble columns and sphinxes that were imported from Egypt when it was built at the turn of the fourth century AD. These days, it’s the lively heart of the city. Bars, cafes and the homes of more than 3,000 residents are crammed into the narrow streets and courtyards within its ramparts. During the tour the tour of the palace’s basement, we were fascinated to visit Daenerys’ throne room and the chamber where she kept her dragons from Game of Thrones.
Written 4 October 2022
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138Paul138
Canterbury, UK1,359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Start in the Port area and wander through the narrow streets and before long you will come to this area. Tourists abound and actors dressed as Roman Centurions mingle amongst the visitors offering photo opportunities.
You can walk around the area for free but there is an entrance fee for going into the Cathedral, into the Crypt or up the Bell tower. The ticket office is directly opposite the entrance to the Cathedral, prices are very reasonable and there are a choice of areas to see.
The whole area is surrounded by bars, restaurants and tourist related shops. There are some public toilets nearby. Unfortunately there are very few information boards to help you, but you can google it before going. Overall it is a lovely historic place.
Written 25 June 2024
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Steve_of_N21
London, UK3,054 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
I first came to Split in 1982 when it was still part of Yugoslavia and although obviously very different back then one of my residing memories is of going into the underground level of the Diocletian’s Palace. You didn’t have to pay back then and the locals used to use it to escape the heat of the midday sun.
But it was good to revisit and find it as fascinating as I found it first time round and probably for its long term good that the lower section is now a chargeable tourist attraction.
The upper section of the Palace ruins are free as they make up the current tight knit streets and alleyways of a large part of the old town. However to get the best out of both sections you should really pay the money for an official guide as the information provided is sparse in the lower section and next to non existent in the street level section.
Written 5 October 2022
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