Baths of Caracalla
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
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The Baths of CaracallaThe Baths of Caracalla, a third-century bathing complex located near the Circus Maximus, was the center of social life for tens of thousands of Romans who would gather there—around 10,000 at a time—to exercise, bathe, and relax. Admission was cheap and anyone could go and enjoy the 90-foot-tall bathing halls with heated floors and pools for dipping. Stroll through the ancient gymnasium, changing rooms, and Olympic-sized swimming pool and imagine what it was like when the marble-paved building was teeming with Romans. In the summertime, the Baths become the dramatic backdrop for the city's Opera season. And now, underground tunnels beneath the historic baths are open, featuring a video art installation by Fabrizio Plessi. This new access reveals the busy hive of underground activity performed by slaves and workers who supplied the material and energy for the baths above, shedding light on the “how tos” of running a massive spa.
over 5 years ago
Explore Rome's Legendary Bath Houses
On my Walks of Italy driving tour, I got an in-depth look at some of the fascinating parts of Rome that are more off-the-beaten-path: Rome's aqueduct system; the Appian Way, Rome's advanced road system with over 500 km of paved roads; and Rome's intricate and massive bath houses-- the Baths of Caracalla held up to 10,000 people at a time. So much still remains of these structures, from the 2,000 years that have passed since they were built; a guided tour helps you to understand the history and significance of all of these Roman landmarks.