The Baths of Caracalla are one of the biggest and best preserved bath complexes of ancient times.
They were opened in the south part of the city, probably in 216AD, under the reign of the son of Septimius Severus, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Bassianus, known as Caracalla.
The remains, which still stand up to a remarkable height of over thirty meters in some places, give us but an idea of the grandiose nature of the baths, second in grandeur only to the Baths of Diocletian, which were built almost a century later. However, the size of the building and the monumental nature of its halls, of which two storey are preserved in elevation and two levels below ground, allow us to imagine their splendor.
The baths remained in use for only three centuries; they were finally abandoned after 537AD after the siege ofRome when Witigis, kingof the Goths, sabotaged the aqueducts in order to force the city into submission. Several works of art were found during the excavations, including the Farnese Bull, statues of Hercules andthe granite baths moved to Piazza Farnese by the Rainaldi family.
Information and Addresses
Address Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 52
Visiting Hours Every day from 9.00 am until an hour before sunset; Monday until 2,00 pm (ticket office closes an hour earlier)
Price € 6,00; concessions € 3,00
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