Imperial Baths of Caracalla
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Imperial Baths of Caracalla
Located a short walking distance from the Colosseum and Circus Maximus is one of Rome’s most amazing ancient sites that merit a visit.
The Baths of Caracalla in Rome is a vast early 3rd century AD complex of Roman public baths and one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome (also featured on RomeCabs’ Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome Tour). It is regarded as one of the largest and best preserved ancient thermal complexes.
The Baths of Caracalla were the 2nd largest Roman thermal baths built during on a rectangular plan the reigns of Roman emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla and remained in use for 400 years!!
These baths were not just for bathing, but comprised of many different buildings that included libraries for studying Greek and Latin, gymnasiums (where wrestling and boxing were generally practiced), large open air swimming pools, shops, gardens, and of the multiple baths.
The baths included various chambers: a central cold room (frigidarium), a tepid temperature room (tepidarium), and a hot room (caldarium).
The caldarium was heated by a hypocaust – a below the surface heating system using coal and wood to heat water provided by an aqueduct dedicated as the water source of these baths.
These lavish imperial baths decorated with marble, frescoes, mosaics, and sculptures such as the Farnese Bull and Farnese Hercules that are currently housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
As public baths, they open to everyone at no charge, and were able to accommodate up to 1,600 bathers at a time.
The Baths of Caracalla remained in continuous use until 6th century when the complex and its water source and hydraulic installations were destroyed by the Ostrogoths during the Gothic War.
For centuries the baths of Caracalla served as inspiration for architects world wide.
Today, the Baths of Caracalla are open for visitors to enjoy these expansive imposing ruins. In the summer months, open air concerts and performances are also held on this site to be enjoyed on warm Roman summer nights.
USEFUL VISITOR INFORMATION
To visit the Baths of Caracalla, opening hours are:
9:00AM to 6:30 PM
Mondays 9:00 – 2 PM
Ticket office closes 1 hour prior to closing time
Closed January 1, December 25
6 Euros full price
3 Euros reduced price (for European Union citizens 18-25, EU teachers)
Free for children 17 years and younger.
A single ticket is valid for Baths of Caracalla, Villa Quintilli, and Mausoleum of Caecilia Metella).
Baths of Caracalla are also part of Stefano’s RomeCabs signature tour:
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