The Baths of Caracalla (The most unknown Rome)

The Baths of Caracalla are one of the least visited Roman remains of Rome, some ruins a little remote from the center but one of the most luxurious and impressive of ancient Rome. If you want to know how the ancient Romans enjoyed, be sure to visit this unique place, one of the ones that you have to see in Rome to understand its history.

The Baths of Caracalla

Baths, gyms, libraries and gardens

For three centuries these baths were not only the most important hot springs in Rome, but also one of the places of leisure and rest for a large part of the Romans. More of 10 hectares of pools, gyms, libraries, shops and gardens understood this place. To give you an idea, around 8,000 people passed by each day, a huge amount to talk about the third century. Without a doubt, the Baths of Caracalla were one of the epicenters of Rome.

Hot springs in Rome
Hot Springs of Caracalla

To make it work like this, in a world without technology, hundreds of slaves they work in the depths between thousands of pipes to cool or heat the water that ran between the impressive swimming pools of the enclosure, especially those of the central enclosure, where the structure of the buildings remain and that their height hypnotizes more than one tourist.

Visit to the Baths of Caracalla

The visit to the Baths, even in high season, is done in a quite calm environment, especially because the spaces are very wide and because of the low number of tourists who visit them.

Hot Springs of Caracalla
Hot Springs of Caracalla

The visit today takes place between gardens and especially by central bathrooms, a huge building flanked by two huge palestras. In such a place, imagination flies, and you can imagine among the friezes, paintings and crystal clear water the bathers who were cooling in such a place.

Hot Springs of Caracalla
Hot Springs of Caracalla

One of the most important ruins of the Baths of Caracalla is a white marble block used in an old board game, with several notches and that you can find in the eastern arena.

The underground world

In 2019 they opened the labyrinth of galleries and the furnaces where the slaves burned part of the nearby forests that surrounded the Eternal City to heat the water of the Baths of Caracalla.

At about 6 meters deep there are hydraulic installations, ovens, boilers and fireplaces that heated the water to ensure the well-being of the Romans who went daily to the baths of the Baths of Caracalla. An engineering work that is still almost intact today. Do not you want to discover a unique hot springs in Rome ?.

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How much?

Entrance to the site costs around € 6, although the small part of € 3.

How to get to Rome?

There are two airports relatively close to Rome. The biggest is the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport óFiumicino, about 30 km from the city center. The other airport, Ciamonchino, is smaller and widely used by low cost airlines.

Ciamonchino being so far the best option is the taxi, which leaves for about € 30, but beware, sharing is a scam. You don't share, in the end, everyone pays the same.

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Both airports have train and bus lines to connect with the city.

Rome tours

We recommend you do some guided tour of Rome. There are many things to see in Rome of which you have to know its history. The Vatican Museums, the Colosseum, you will not regret it!

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