A custom of the ancient Romans’ daily routine was a visit to the baths. It was not solely a matter of caring for the body, but a way to socialise in this relaxing community centre, fitted with all the “mod cons” of the day.
During the Empire, the rulers, with the intention to keep Roman people happy, without worrying about main matters of state, began construction of these colossal and magnificent public baths, which were open to people from all walks of life.
The “thermae” were in fact not just the baths, but embraced the “palestrae” for various forms of exercises, libraries for studying and also gardens for a pleasant stroll. The vast area of the “Terme di Caracalla” is one of the finest examples of its kind of a Roman multi-purpose leisure complex.
The Baths of Caracalla were designed by Emperor Septimus Severus, who also oversaw the beginning of the construction. They were completed in 216 A.D by his son Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Augustus, who is better known as Caracalla.
The Baths could accommodate between six to eight thousand people a day and were adorned by a vast number of works of art, many of which are still visible today.
February 16 - March 15: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm;
March 16 - last Saturday of March 9.00 am - 5.30 pm;
Last Sunday of March - August 31: 9.00 am - 7.15 pm;
September 1-30: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm;
October 1 - last Saturday of October: 9.00 am - 6.30 pm
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