Baths of Caracalla – What you need to know
The Baths of Caracalla were commissioned by Septimus Severus and inaugurated in 200 AC by his son Antonino Bassiano, also known as Caracalla, and are among the largest and best preserved spas of the Roman period.
Baths of Caracalla could accommodate 1500 people and offered hot, warm and cold pools. The Baths were decorated with marvellous frescos, fine marble and statues. Gardens, swimming pools and libraries surrounded what was one of the most important centres in ancient times.
Baths of Caracalla were relatively short-lived; in fact they were abandoned after just 300 years in the sixth century AC due to the siege of Witiges, the famous king of Goths, who cut off the aqueducts that provided the citizens of Rome with drinking water.
The water having gone, the Baths were abandoned and made a burial site for pilgrims who fell ill on their journey to Rome.
The Baths of Caracalla at a Glance
When to visit: Monday to Saturday – Sunday closed
Opening hours: from 9:00 to 18:15
Tickets: Full price: € 6,00- Reduced: € 3,00 for European Union citizens ages 18 to 25 and for European Union teachers. Free: Visitors 17 and under Single ticket valid 7 days at 3 sites (Baths of Caracalla, Villa of the Quintilii, Mausoleum of Caecilia Metella)
Directions:Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
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