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Visiting the Baths of Caracalla in Rome

The Baths of Caracalla are one of the largest and best preserved ancient thermal complexes. They were built in the southern part of the city, at the foot of Aventino, and have a rectangular plan, typical of the great imperial baths.

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Visiting the Baths of Caracalla in Rome

Thermae Antoninianae, better known as the Baths of Caracalla, were built between 212 and 217 by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, known as Caracalla (because of the Gallic tunic he used to wear). The Baths of Caracalla, one of the largest and best preserved thermal complexes of antiquity, were built in the southern part of the city, at the foot of Aventino and have a rectangular plan, typical of the great imperial thermals.  Lets go to read our post: Visiting the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

1) Visiting the Baths of Caracalla in Rome – LEARN ITS HISTORY

In the reproduction of a day of the ancient Romans, it is necessary to preserve a space for body care and the relationships that exist within the Baths. The places were not only a place for bathing, playing sports and body care, but also a place for walking and studying. Read also What are the main tourist monuments in Rome?

Its Construction

In fact, with the empire, monarchs, in order to keep the Roman people distracted and satisfied, started to build imposing and monumental public baths, a vital center of community life for everyone in the population. Baths of Caracalla are one of the rare cases in which it is possible to reconstruct, even partially, the initial decorative scheme. The story tells of huge columns and floors of colorful Oriental marble, glass mosaics, marble on the walls, painted stucco and hundreds of colossal statues and groups, both in the niches of the rooms’ walls, as well as in the most important halls and gardens.

These baths could serve a significant number of people and display a large number of works of art, many of which are still visible. For the water supply, an aqueduct from acqua Marcia, acqua nova Antoniniana, was created. Restored several times, the thermal plant stopped operating in AD 537. They were the largest imperial baths in Rome, until Diocletian did not build them anymore, and in the 5th century they were defined as one of the seven wonders of Rome.

Useful informations

Below are useful information for visiting the Baths in Rome.

Operation (Days and Hours)

Open every day, opening hours are at 9:00 am.

  • From the last Sunday in October until February 15th, the last entry is at 03:30 pm, leaving at 04:30 pm.
  • From February 16th until March 15th, the last entry is at 04:00 pm, leaving at 05:00 pm.
  • From March 16th until the last Sunday in March, the last entry is at 04:30 pm, leaving at 05:30 pm.
  • From the last Sunday in March until August 31st, the last entry is at 6:30 pm, leaving at 7:15 pm.
  • The spa is closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. It opens on Monday after Easter.


  • Buying on site: 8 Euros (full)
  • Buying on the website: 10 Euros (full)
  • Official website: coppculture.it

How to get to the Baths?

  • Baths of Caracalla are south to the city center, along a corridor of ancient archaeological remains and attractions that extend from the Roman Forum, to Colosseum, via Via Appia (old Via Appia), on the outskirts of Rome.
  • Subway: If you prefer the subway, then you should take line B and get off at Circo Massimo station. It is a five minute walk from that station. Also read How to use the metro in Rome? and How to buy the Roma Pass?
  • Bus: Leaving Termini Station, there are buses to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and other Roman sites of archaeological interest in the center of Rome. If you want to arrive by bus, line 118 Roma runs every 40 minutes, stopping outside the Baths of Caracalla.


Baths of Caracalla hosted the gymnasts of the competitions of the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960; also in the second half of the 20th century, the central part of the spa has been used for open-air theater spetacles and shows and, mainly, for the summer season of the ‘Opera di Roma’.

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Visiting the Baths of Caracalla in Rome; the Baths of Caracalla, often referred to as one of the seven wonders of Rome, are famous for the richness of their decoration and the works that adorned it. The ruins of the baths, which are still preserved by the considerable height of more than thirty meters in many points, give us an idea of the magnitude of the thermal complex, the second in size just behind the Baths of Diocletian. What remains of the ancient Baths of Caracalla appears before our eyes still so imposing that visiting them means imagining and experiencing the magnificence and grandeur of the time.

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