The Baths of Caracalla (Italian: Terme di Caracalla) in Rome, Italy, were the city's second largest Roman public baths, or thermae. The baths were likely built between AD 212 (or 211) and 216/217, during the reigns of emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla. They were in operation until the 530s and then fell into disuse and ruin.
Both during and since their operation as baths, they served as inspiration for many other notable buildings, ancient and modern, such as the Baths of Diocletian, the Basilica of Maxentius, the original Pennsylvania Station in New York City, Chicago Union Station and the Senate of Canada Building. Artworks recovered from the ruins include famous sculptures such as the Farnese Bull and the Farnese Hercules.
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Teddy | Feb 5, 2018
This was one of the most impressive places I visited in Rome. The pure size of the structures is one thing. Learning about the dimensions of the underground tunnel system and the volumes of wood that used to be burnt is the next thing. The intricate artworks and the leftovers of beautiful marble are the cherry on top. The Romans really did build the incredible gigantic beautiful buildings we'd like to imagine in ancient Rome. These baths are one of the best ways to understand this. Go see it
Bradley Cronenwett | Feb 1, 2018
A must see if you have some time in Rome. They’re beautifully kept and off the tourist track. Pack a lunch and enjoy it on the huge garden while enjoying the views of the giant arched walls. If you love ruins, these are not to be missed.
Rims Recho | Dec 1, 2017
I highly recommend this place if you like ruins and if you like to project yourself into the roman period. The remaining walls if this antic building are still up and so tall... This must have been a massive one. You can spend easily 1h or 2 here if you have some documentation about it. As it is a bit away from the center this is a good way to skip the crowded places.
gianfranco silvestri | Mar 1, 2018
Very suggestive site, no art masterpiece inside (they are in Naples museum) but arranged and documented better than others... Audioguide and augmented reality devices are available by a little fee...
Mary Barranco | Nov 22, 2017
This place is great, so much is still standing. €8 per adult to enter. Really easy to get to. And best of all NO CROWDS! Some beautiful mosaics. Wish a was still a working Bath. Looks like it was awesome.
Jennifer Hurt | Mar 27, 2018
Great ruins. I recommend using the virtual reality goggles that are available for rent. They really let you see what the baths once looked like.
Silvia O. | Apr 1, 2018
Beautiful and super interesting! Definitely go for the virtual guide as it helps a million to see how things actually looked like. Means you won't just walk around ruins or flat ground as Circus Maximus but they actually take you on the journey to see how everything looked like, how people lived and what their daily routine was. Besides, it's a picturesque ground and stunning to walk around. So amongst all the sights in Rome, definitely put this one on the top of your list!
Jera Jeruc | Apr 6, 2018
Loved the place. The virtual tour is worth the money, but it is enough to take one glasses for to people. She bath are not covered so it it really nice to visit during good weather as there is also some trees and grass to enjoy. I do not recommend visiting during bad weather. Also in summer can be rather hot.
Ryan Mockett | Apr 12, 2018
The Baths of Caracalla are really impressive. While the price to get in 10€ I believe is a little pricey for the visit it is definitely something to see in Rome. There are some gorgeous pieces of mosaic throughout the baths. And if you want to spend more you can purchase a VR tour that allows you to see the baths as they once were. While I did not do it I saw quite a few people using it and they seemed to really like it.
Akke Monasso | Apr 24, 2018
Worth a visit just to experience the sheer scale of this place. It’s bigger than most Cathedrals I have visited. Not a lot of interior decoration remains, except for some of the simple but beautiful geometric mosaic floors.
mausami chaudry | May 31, 2018
It is an impressive place. A must go if you appreciate engineering and architecture. You can purchase the tickets online and go to 2nd window( left of the big line window), and show your online receipt. It is not as crowded as other places in Rome so it is easy to relax and explore Roman architecture. We brought some food and drinks and relaxed on the benches after we finished with our tour.
Simple Pixel | May 8, 2018
Such an overlooked place. People don't visit the place as much as it should be. We visited it in the morning at 11 AM and there were less than 10 people. The place is nothing more than impressive. The size of it makes it hard to believe that this place was a relaxation and cleansing place and not a castle. Caracalla really wanted to be remembered with this one. Can't imagine how it looked 2000 years ago. Totally worth the visit, will be coming back once i visit Rome again.
Rick H | May 18, 2018
If you appreciate architecture and engineering you will be fascinated and wowed by these ancient Roman baths. We spent an hour and a half here. The VR goggles are well worth the cost as it was instrumental in helping us visualize the full splendor of how the ruins used to appear when finally constructed. The software was glitch free, well produced and had informative and detailed narration. We came at the end of May on a perfect spring day. If it was a hotter time of year I’d come in the morning as I imagine it could get quite hot.
Alina Stiefel | May 11, 2018
You can't believe that such a quiet and amazing place exists inside the city of Rome. Just a few minutes walking from the coliseum and you'll be inside what it used to be a huge Roman bath complex built between 212 and 217 a.C. You can still see some of the mosaic works on floors and parts of walls. The place is very well kept, public bathrooms were very clean and the personnel in general were quite nice. Definitely a must see place in Rome.
The Director | Jul 7, 2018
Great way to spend a few hours out of the city. We are huge fans of ancient Rome and you get a true sense of the enormity of the buildings, and engineering sophistication of the empire, even more so than the Colosseum. The 3D tour is really worth it. Quick cab ride from the center of town.
Leah Hubert | Jun 29, 2018
Great place to visit while in Rome! It is amazing to see a place a bit off the typical tourist track that offers insight into the grandiosity of the Roman empire. The building structures are overwhelming in their large size. It also is amazing what is left after the test of time. You can see the intricacies of the mosaic work and the designs painted on the walls. If you appreciate roman history, the history of Caracalla as a leader is fascinating as well. One part I liked in particular at the baths were the super helpful explanation signs everywhere that had information in several languages that helped to explain what you were looking at!
Walter Lashar | Jul 5, 2018
To truly understand the scale of these baths, you need to see them in person. They are a marvel of engineering and art. We went in the evening, and it was nearly empty. This made for a nice relaxing experience. Also, there's an underground portion that we almost missed! Be sure to walk through it as it adds a lot of detail on how the baths worked, and offers a cool, dark area to escape the beating sun.
Samantha Stidham | Jun 18, 2018
Sadly, I must rate this below the average rating. The posted admission times on Google did NOT match the times at the business. I arrived at 13:04 and they had closed at 13:00 (EVERY MONDAY) for entry. And they DO have opening hours on Sunday (see picture). This could've easily been a 5 star experience with correct information....unfortunately, I'll never get the chance again. Please fix the opening and closing times!!!
Kieren Higgs | Jul 17, 2018
Fantastic place to spend a morning. It is best to come in the morning as the afternoon can be very hot and the shade is limited. It's off the tourist trail so never busy. You can rent some VR goggles, we shared a pair, which makes exploring the ruins fun. You get to see what each building looked like without having to use your imagination. You need to bring ID as a deposit for the goggles.
Dave Barker | Aug 11, 2018
Great place with amazing floor tiles still in place. Scale of buildings from ruins clearly shows how big this once was. It was quiet in the afternoon even on the free first Sunday of the Month. It has very clean toilet facilities and outdoor drinking water tap to refill bottles etc.
Carine Dognie | Jul 18, 2018
Nice surprise. You must visit ! Somewhat out of the track from the other touristic attractions. From the colosseum it is a 20 minutes walk. Tickets aren't expensive. We took the virtual visit device. It gives you a pretty good idea of how the place used to be while you get all the audio explanations. Nice to do with teens. Take a good sun protection.
Nova Hob | Jul 19, 2018
€8 to see these baths are a bargain. The size of the remaining structures is amazing and hard to believe how nearly 2000 years ago these were built and still what remains today. Also you can see in parts where modern day reinforcement is used to preserve this site but the bricks are in line with the times, so the only difference you see is how new the bricks look. Simply impressive!
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