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      Terme di Caracalla
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These baths are the most imposing monument of ancient Rome which one can see nowadays. Of course there is the Coliseum, but the baths of Caracalla correspond much more to my views on the Roman civilization than the cruel circus games practiced in the Coliseum.

The function of the baths was the care of the body and the spirit (by the libraries). The social function of the thermal baths was also important. The Romans spent their afternoon there, after work. The poor and rich persons had access to the baths but the rich were accompanied by their slaves to help them in their ablutions.

The site, to the south of the centre of Rome, with its 11 hectares is huge and is planted with beautiful pine trees.
It is the largest and best preserved ancient thermal complex. It is typical of the ?Large Imperial Thermal baths? by the rectangular layout of the central building and the sequence of caldarium, tepidarium, frigidarium with swimming pool. Two gymnasia ?palestres? frame the whole. I noted that the Italians still use y the term ?palestre? to indicate a room for gymnastics or bodybuilding.

This central building which goes back to 212 after J.C. is 214 m long, the height of the still existing walls exceeds 20 m and the height of the ancient cupola is evaluated at 40 m. The swimming pool had a 53 m length!
By their good conservation the baths of Caracalla made it possible to study the techniques of construction and the various aspects of the interior decoration.
To visit the Terme I suggest to bring with you a good illustrated guide or to get an audio guide at the entrance.
Not visiting the Baths of Caracalla would be a big mistake!
Open (2013) every day from 9 h to 16.30 h. Monday open from 9 - 14 h. Tickets office closes 1 hour before. Closed on 1/01 and 25/12.
Ticket ?Appia Antica? valid 7 days for 3 sites: Terme di Caracalla, Villa Quintili, Mausoleo Cecillia Metella, normal 7 ?, reduced 4 ?, free EU -18 years, + 65 years.

Address: Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 52
Directions: At 500 m from Metro station Circo Massimo.
Phone: +39 06 3996 7700
Website: http://www.archeorm.arti.beniculturali.it/en/archaeological-site/baths-caracalla

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  • Updated Feb 15, 2014
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Comments (2)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Really impressive - A must see in Rome!

    • breughel's Profile Photo
      Jan 5, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      Saw on TV that temperatures in Australia reached 50°C !
      It's time to visit Rome. Now minimum 7°C and maximum 16°C and Sunshine.

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Jan 5, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      Oh, That sounds a lovely temperature to me at the moment! Its cooled to the 30's, if you can call that cool and 23 - 25° overnight - terrible for sleeping, but very humid during the day. Energy is sapped!

  • taigaa001's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Termi Di Caracalla is an intriguing place for us Japanese who like public baths. Is it the world's oldest public bath?


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