"The Baths" Baths - Thermae Tip by Venturingnow

Baths - Thermae, Pompeii: 12 reviews and 18 photos

  The underside of the baths
by Venturingnow

There was a very interesting plumbing and bathing system in place in ancient Rome as well as in Pompeii. There were sewage lines and ways to heat bathing/cooking water that were extremely advanced for their time period. The baths are viewable and you can see exactly how they heated them up. Water was fed to baths and homes through aqueducts, and they say that some homes in Pompeii had up to 30 water taps in them! Well, some of the public baths seemed to have floors that could take on hot coals from below and heat the water and room above creating a hot bath and sauna. I just read that archaeologists uncovered a bath complex in Pompeii measuring nearly one mile around, said to be "hardly second to the amphitheaters." The baths contained an undressing room and separate rooms for cold water baths, a steam bath and a tepid room. Impressive stuff!

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Feb 25, 2003
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Nothing ventured, nothing gained”

Online Now


Top 5,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 1 1 0 2

Have you been to Pompeii?

  Share Your Travels