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Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla) Tours

Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla)
The Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla), known as the Thermae Antoninianae in Roman times, are one of the largest and best preserved ancient thermal complexes in the world. Visit the impressive remains of the ground floor to get an idea of the vast complex, which housed the most sumptuous baths of its time. 

The Basics
Built in AD 212 during the reign of Emperor Caracalla, the 25-hectare complex included three different baths, two gyms, a swimming pool, and a library. Open to Romans from all social classes, the Terme di Caracalla was more a center for leisure than strictly baths, though the Aqua Marcia aqueduct (the longest in Rome) was specifically built to provide water for the vast bathing areas. The baths were in use until AD 537, when invaders destroyed the aqueducts that supplied water and plundered the sculptures and precious materials decorating the baths; in the year AD 847, an earthquake destroyed part of what remained of the complex.

Like many ancient Roman ruins, the Baths of Caracalla are difficult to interpret to the untrained eye, so it’s worth booking a guide as part of an archaeological tour. Many small-group tours of Rome’s most important ancient sites include skip-the-line entrance to the Baths of Caracalla, along with the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Circus Maximus. You can tour these attractions on foot or join a bike or Segway tour. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Baths of Caracalla is an outdoor archaeological site, so wear a hat, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes when visiting.
  • Tours of the baths are especially fascinating for Roman history enthusiasts. 
  • The site is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
  • There are restrooms and a bookshop at the site.
 
How to Get There
The Baths of Caracalla archaeological site is located in south-eastern Rome, within walking distance from the Circo Massimo metro station that connects with the main Termini train station. 
 
When to Get There
The archaeological site is largely open-air, so visit when the weather is clear and not too hot. In summer, arrive first thing in the morning or in the late afternoon to avoid the midday sun. 
 
The Politics of the Baths
The Baths of Caracalla was constructed by the notoriously spiteful Emperor Caracalla as part of a political propaganda campaign. Because the extravagant complex was open to all Roman citizens and completely free of charge, it eventually helped improve the emperor’s popularity among the public. 
Address: Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Roma, Italy
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3 Hours Rome Hi Bike Tour with the entrance to the Baths of Caracalla Attraction Tickets

3 Hours Rome Hi Bike Tour with the entrance to the Baths of Caracalla

Explore Rome on your own with your compact electric pedal free HI bike. Enjoy 3 hours bike rental and combine your City bike tour with the entrance to the BATHS OF CARACALLA: discover the city using your personalized audio guide on selected itineraries. It is 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. 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". The water system was made possible by the construction of a special duct from the main aqueduct called the Aqua Antoniana. Minimun age required: 12 yeard old. Please note that the last rental is at 3 PM.
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Ancient Opera Theatre: Caracalla OperaTheater

Ancient Opera Theatre: Caracalla Opera

History, charm and beauty have always been characteristic of the marvellous archeological site of the Roman Baths: Terme di Caracalla, an absolutely unique theatrical stage. The Baths were opened in 216 a.d., during the reign of Caracalla but the general belief among academics now is that, given the vast scale of the construction, it was probably his father, Settimio Severo, who conceived the idea of the Baths as a place capable of accommodating thousands of people at the same time. Inside this national treasure, which still defies the passing centuries, the Teatro dell’Opera’s open-air theatre was born in 1937. It was begun as an experiment but the Teatro dell’Opera’s Summer Season at the open-air theatre quickly became an event you couldn’t afford to miss, not only for Romans, but spectators from all over the world. Program 2020: Il barbiere di Siviglia: July 7 - 11 - 18 - 23 - 30 August 5 - 7 Aida: July 12 - 17 - 29 August 1 - 4 La Vedova allegra: July 28 - 31 August 2 - 6
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Terme Di Caracalla In 4dCity Packages

Terme Di Caracalla In 4d

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The Baths of Caracalla or Antoniniane are one of the most magnificent examples of imperial baths in Rome, still preserved for most of their structure and free from modern buildings. These public baths were the most impressive ever built in the Roman Empire until the inauguration of the baths of Diocletian (306). They mainly served the residents of the I, II and XII Augustan region (all the area between Celio, Aventino and Circo Massimo). This tour is unique in its kind thanks to the video mirrors provided by us, able to bring you back in time with the virtual reconstruction of the 4 dimension, with which you can admire the true historical era.
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Exclusive | Baths of Caracalla Private guided tour VIP Entry Tickets City Packages

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The Baths of Caracalla are widely considered among the most important ruins in Rome, but their secrets are hidden under thousands of years of history. With your private guide to lead the way, explore the baths and learn of life in Rome under rulers including Septimius Severus and Caracalla. Marvel at the baths’ ancient porticoes and vaulted rooms, and discover decorative mosaics among the historic ruins.
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Circus Maximus Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill Tour in RomeHalf-day Tours

Circus Maximus Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill Tour in Rome

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Explore several of Ancient Rome’s most famous sites during this small group walking tour. Learn about historic bathing culture at the Baths of Caracalla, the second largest thermal bath of Rome, before visiting Circus Maximus, the stadium where chariot races were held. Climb one of the seven hills of Rome, Aventine Hill, for panoramic views over the city.
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Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

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Spend a morning or an afternoon at the Vatican with this 2-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter's Basilica. Get an up close and personal look at Michelangelo's masterpiece, his murals in the Sistine Chapel that changed the history of painting forever. See Raphael's cherubs. Gawk at the Gallery of Maps. Explore St. Peter's Basilica. And if you want more, upgrade to a full-day tour and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Catacombs and more. Lunch can also be included.
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Zip through the bustling streets of Rome as the Romans do — on a Vespa! Hang on for the ride as your private driver and guide whisks you around on a vintage scooter for an exciting half-day tour of Eternal City highlights. Wind through traffic circles and mazelike streets, easily hopping off for a closer look at Imperial monuments and baroque piazzas. Learn about the history of Rome, from ancient emperors to the modern metropolis, and get an insider’s glimpse at some of the city’s best-kept secrets.
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See the best of Rome in a 3.5-hour small-group tour by Segway. Explore the highlights of the Eternal City with ease on a Segway, including the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus and the famous Colosseum, along with some unexpected attractions along the way. See the Palatine Hill, Roman Forum and Colosseum with a self-guided tour at your own pace.
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Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

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Explore the highlights of early Christian Rome with this exciting 3-hour afternoon walking tour via foot and coach.  Led by a knowledgeable driver-guide, get an insider's view of the Eternal City and its Christian history. Stops include the Basilica of Sant Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of St. John Lateran. And then go underground by checking out the intriguing catacombs, an early Christian burial spot just outside of the city at the Appian Way.
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In only 2 hours we will give you an unforgettable experience in Rome taking you to the most beautiful places in a completely private tour! We have the most knowledgeable about Rome, although they are not guides, you will get the feeling they were, as they will be ready to answer all your doubts and take special care of you at all times! In addition, it´s also good to highlight we know for you this is a new special offer with us!
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Ancient Appian Way e-bike Tour

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Escape the bustle of the capital on this family-friendly cycling journey along the ancient Appian Way, one of Rome’s very first paved roads. Hop on an electric-powered bicycle, giving your legs a break from pedaling as you follow in the footsteps of ancient Romans. You’ll pass ornate mansions, centuries-old statues and tombs, catacombs, and an aqueduct from antiquity.
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The Baths of Caracalla: Ancient Roman Spa TourCity Packages

The Baths of Caracalla: Ancient Roman Spa Tour

Jump into the past and visit the magnificent Baths of Caracalla and stay away from the crowd! Your will have a unique opportunity to learn all about one of the favorite hobby of the ancient romans while enjoying a quiet, green archaelogical area. Just the opposite than it was in the past! The baths were open daily from dawn to sunset and one could spend the whole day there: important citizens would discuss politics here rather than in the Senate Hall and ladies would meet here to gossip, discuss the latest fashion We will start with imagining the noise and the people while visiting the "changing room". Did you know that the richest ones had a servant to look after their personal belongings? Yeah! There were thieves at that time too and lockers had not been invented yet! Once they were ready, visitors to the baths could choose different way to spend time and we will explore all of them! We will visit the gym, where they could excercise alone or play, the FRIGIDARIUM and much more!
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Exclusive Baths of Caracalla Private TourCity Packages

Exclusive Baths of Caracalla Private Tour

Explore the ancient ruins of the Baths of Caracalla on a walking tour led by a licensed guide. The Caracalla Baths are a testimony of imperial Rome's grandeur. This 1-hour a half private tour provides a glimpse into life during the Roman Empire. With this tour, you can maximize your time enjoying excellent experience. This tour is suitable for families with kids, groups of friends, and couples.
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Baths of Caracalla - Private TourCity Packages

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Baths of Caracalla - Private Tour

Explore the magnificent complex of the Baths of Caracalla and discover its great past, rich decorations and fascinating mysteries! These incredible thermal baths take their name from the “mad emperor”, Caracalla (fratricidal and heartless), who inaugurated them in 216 AD, and is among the most impressive ever built in the Roman Empire. You will walk among the colossal remains of the gyms, the magnificent swimming pools and the “calidarium”, a large round room with “floor heating”, thanks to the steam that, coming from underground furnaces, flows between the pillars below the floor. Be enchanted by the marvelous decorations in white marble and the sumptuous mosaic floors depicting dolphins and sea monsters! Discover amazing traces of the daily life of ancient Rome, such as the “chessboard” engraved on the edge of the enormous “natatio” (swimming pool) to be able to play while immersed in the cool waters of the pool.
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Skip the frustration of photographing crowded tourist spots in Rome on this private nighttime photography tour. Shoot iconic landmarks, squares, and backstreets during the night and the golden hour, when most visitors and locals are tucked up in bed. A guide will offer tips and advice on low-light camera settings, angles, and more, as well as sharing information on history, culture, and art.
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Rome Private Tour Colosseum, Baths of Caracalla and Circus Maximus VIP Entrance

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If you have time for one attraction in Rome, the Colosseum is a must. This ancient stadium draws visitors from far and wide, keen to unlock the secrets of ancient Rome. Your private 3-hour tour includes the standard admission ticket, as well as a visit to the Baths of Caracalla and the Circus Maximus — two of Rome’s most important historic sites. Admire the architecture for which Rome is famous, and listen as your private guide sheds light on life under the rule of powerful leaders including Septimius Severus and Caracalla.
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Private Caracalla Baths and Circus Maximus Tour for Kids and FamiliesCity Packages

Private Caracalla Baths and Circus Maximus Tour for Kids and Families

Step back in time, and discover more about how life was lived in ancient Rome, during this private, family-friendly tour of the Baths of Caracalla and the Circus Maximus. On your tour of the baths, among the largest thermal complexes built by the Romans, you’ll spy ancient pools, saunas, and more. Then, continue to the Circus Maximus, ancient Rome’s largest entertainment venue, which once hosted chariot races, gladiator fights, and more. As you go, your guide will share interactive games and activities designed to keep younger visitors entertained.
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Escape the bustle of the capital and explore leafy, lesser-known attractions surrounding Rome on this half-day tour of the Ancient Appian Way on an electric-powered bicycle. Get a first-hand peek at the Eternal City’s ancient aqueducts, and enjoy a mix of history, nature, and art. Tours include a lunch stop at a traditional trattoria, at your own expense.
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Follow the route of conquering Roman armies on an electric bike tour of the ancient Appian Way and other Eternal City highlights. Learn the history of this important military road and other landmarks of the mighty empire like the Colosseum, Circus Maximus and Cecilia Metella Mausoleum, listening to your guide’s live commentary through an audio headset. Enjoy a battery-powered boost to cover long distances with ease, and break along the way to sample authentic Roman coffee and gelato.
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Cover all the main sights in Rome in a single day on this private "best of" tour. With private transportation and a guide dedicated to your group only, it will be easy to make your way around the city in an efficient way. The itinerary is flexible, but will typically include the Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's Basilica. This is a great option for those short on time in Rome.
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Venture outside the city center to explore some of Rome’s lesser-known but most impressive imperial attractions on this small-group bike tour. Cycle along the legendary Appian Way, an ancient military road that winds through the countryside and connects Rome with the coastal city of Brindisi.
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