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Terme di Caracalla

Roma
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
bookshop
accessible site

 

  • Partial access for movement disabilities.


NEWS

  • Monday 22 April open until 19.15, last admission at 18.30.
  • Opening bookings January / August 2019 Terme di Caracalla, Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, Villa dei Quintili and the four locations of the National Roman Museum
    On Friday, December 21 at 9:00 am the pre-sale will be available for Terme di Caracalla, Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, Villa dei Quintili and the four locations of the National Roman Museum from January 1 to August 31, 2019
     
  • The site will be open for free every first Sunday of the month from October to March and on the following dates:
    22 March
    08 April
    April 21st
    02 June
    June 29th
    August 15th
    04 November
    December 17th

 

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

Roma

Coopculture

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Didactic tours

Individuals
  • DIDACTIC TOUR FOR INDIVIDUALS
    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
     

    VIRTUAL VIDEO GUIDE
    € 7.00 p.p. + admission ticket to the site

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

  • EduCulture Educational activities:

Audio guides

Language
  • italiano, inglese
Duration
  • 50 min.
Cost
  • € 5

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Terme di Caracalla

Roma

Coopculture

Hours

Open


On Mondays open from 9.00 to 14.00

Closed

 1 Gannaio, 25  December 

Ticket Office

It closes one hour before closing time

 

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