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Terme di Caracalla

Archaeological sites


The Thermae Antonianae, one of the largest and best preserved examples of an ancient spa complex, was constructed under the auspices of the Emperor Caracalla in the southern part of the city. The building was finished in 216 A.D. and exhibits the rectangular plan typical of Imperial spa centres.The spa itself was not simply a place for bathing, sport and health, it was also a place of study and for relaxing. Entrance to the heart of the building was by one of four porticos on the north-east face. Around the centre of the structure the various parts of the spa are found in sequential order: the "Calidarium", the "Tepidarium", the "Frigidarium" and the "Natatio". There are also other zones and areas to be found around the two gymnasiums. The spa of Caracalla is one of those rare ancient examples in which, albeit only in part, it is possible to reconstruct something of the internal decoration. Written manuscripts refer to enormousmarble columns, flooring made of coloured marble, mosaics of glass and marble on the walls, painted stuccos and hundreds of statues located in niches and placed centrally in the rooms themselves. The water system was made possible by the construction of a special duct from the main aqueduct called the Aqua Antoniana. Throughout its history the spa was reconstructed several times and before finally closing altogether in 537 A.D.

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How to reach the site

Rome,  Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 52

Metro: Line B fermata Circo Massimo
Bus: n.760, n.628

Services and Accessibility

educational tours for individuals
educational tours for groups
educational tours for schools
audio guides
accessible site


  • Partial access for movement disabilities.


  • We inform that on Sunday, March 1, the initiative of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism that provides free admission every first Sunday of the month to museums, archaeological parks and other places of culture of the State will be suspended.

Info and Reservation

+39 0639967702
Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Saturday from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm

Terme di Caracalla



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Didactic tours

    timetable: every Sunday at 3 pm | on the occasion of Sundays with admission free at 12.00 and 15.00
    languages: Italian
    persons: up to 40 pax
    duration: 1 hour
    price: free

    € 7.00 p.p. + admission ticket to the site

  • hours: open
    languages: English, Italian, French, German, Spanish
    persons: up to 40 pax  
    duration: 1 hour
    price: € 130.00 
    booking: required, call center  
  • Call Center +39 06 399 67 200

Audio guides

  • italiano, inglese
  • 50 min.
  • € 5


Terme di Caracalla





On Mondays open from 9.00 to 14.00


 1 Gannaio, 25  December 

Ticket Office

It closes one hour before closing time