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Di..Vino Wine Cellar

di... vino cellar

Your exclusive winery

Enjoy an exclusive wine tasting in an intimate setting at Di...Vino, the wine cellar of The St. Regis Rome.

Located in an alcove within the ruins of the Diocletian Roman thermal baths, Di...Vino is the ideal ambience for the real wine aficionados. From collectors' vintages to innovative producers, a selection of over 500 labels is available to be savored and enjoyed by the bottle or by the glass. A place where wine, culture and cuisine come together for an unforgettable experience.

The Di...Vino wine cellar is open upon request for cocktails, wine tastings and private dining. 

Learn more about the history below.


The History of Di...Vino Cellar

The cellar’s hall was built inside the ruins of the Domiziano baths, which were built by Emperor Maximilian in 298 AD and inaugurated by Diocletian in 306 AD. With over thirteen hectares, they were the largest thermal baths ever built in Rome, and they still preserve the original concept of utter magnificence. Some of the ruins can be visited within a built-for-purpose museum, while the other remains have been incorporated into the buildings nearby. The Church of St. Mary of the Angels and Martyrs is the most visible example: it was built by Michelangelo between 1563 and 1566, taking the central body of the baths while preserving the original structure, adding a touch of the architecture style of the time. Opposite is the elegant buildings on Piazza della Repubblica, formerly called dell 'Esedra. The structures, which feature porticoes, were created between 1896 and 1902 by Gaetano Koch, who reproduced the old semi-circular design used for auditoriums. The wine cellar was set up with the same will of referencing the ancient structures that were representative of the time. Mario Spinetti’s fresco decorations at the entrance of the stairs feature vines, grapes, birds, and ornamental motifs that symbolise the decorative Roman and Renaissance style. As you enter the cellar, you can notice the traces of old Rome - brickwork and "grotesque" wall and ceiling decorations. This pictorial genre has its roots in paintings from the Augustan age that were discovered around the end of the 15th century after the recovery of the Domus Aurea, the palace of Nero that lay buried for centuries. These particular wall fresco decorations were called “grotesque” after the Domus Aurea gave the explorers who discovered the palace the impression of being in a series of caves. After Raphael utilised the aesthetic in the Vatican, the grotesque style became an essential part of religious and secular building decorations for centuries Spinetti also added some "neopompeian" taste to the traditional decorations.

The neopompeian style was widespread in many paintings of the time, both in Italy and internationally, thanks to the studies and discoveries in Pompeii. It is clearly shown in the big red stripe. The decoration is also enriched by art nouveau candelabras on the walls; where you can see an inscription with a proverb from the Old Testament (Psalm 103: 15): "Vinum laetificat cor hominis", which translates to “the wine gladdens the heart of man”.


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