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The Baths of Caracalla

The Baths of Caracalla

Rome

$510 for up to 8 guests

3 hours

About the tour

The Baths of Caracalla are a 1,800-year-old Roman archaeological site that is an excellent alternative to the crowds at the Colosseum. They are immersed in a splendid backdrop of trees and flowers and offer a clear look at daily life in ancient Rome of both elite and enslaved Romans.


The baths were a giant public works project to the Roman citizens, offering both cleanliness, physical exercise, and a range of leisure activities, so bathers could socialize and be entertained. Originally covering an area of 130,000 square meters in a carefully articulated series of sumptuous halls and smaller rooms, with surviving walls over 30 meters high, the baths today still evoke the lively atmosphere and architectural complexity which spanned three centuries. Even today, you can witness traces of the luxurious original decoration, which included gigantic marble columns, colored marble floors, mosaics and inlaid marble on the walls, delicate plasterwork, and hundreds of statues.


The tour begins in the rectangular-shaped complex passing through the main block's gardens and entering the first huge gymnasium on the western side. We continue past the changing room and one of the entrances to reach the enormous swimming pool, aligned especially with the three great halls, each with its temperature -- the frigidarium, the tepidarium, and the caldarium. Over two kilometers of underground galleries have been found. Although these are not generally open to the public, part of the upper level is often is occasionally accessible.

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