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Terme di Caracalla, Rome

4.5
#21 of 515 in Historic Sites in Rome
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Emperor Caracalla constructed Terme di Caracalla, the second-largest Roman baths in the city, between 211 and 217 CE. The original complex covered 25 hectares (33 acres), and the building was 228 m (750 ft) long with a 38.5 m (125 ft) high ceiling. The central area of the remaining baths is the summer location of the Rome Opera Company and a concert venue for world-famous acts, such as the Three Tenors. Buy a ticket to tour the ruins, and wander among the huge walls and crumbling foundations. Use our Rome online trip itinerary builder to add Terme di Caracalla and other attractions to your Rome vacation plans.
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  • We attended a concert at Caracalla. Truly a great place for concerts. While watching the concert you are in the middle of history.  more »
  • These ruins are extraordinary both in size and in structure. Likely built between 212 & 217 AD, these incredible baths were in use until the 530s and were at one time the city's second largest Roman.....  more »
  • The experience of the Roman baths gives a different side to life in Ancient Rome. They have virtual goggles, but I choose the audio guide but would have done the goggles if I had seen them. It is not....  more »
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  • So cool!! Highly recommend spending the few extra Euros and getting some virtual tour goggles! It really helps you visualize what it looked like back when it was built.
  • We missed the Baths of Caracalla on our first trip in July (18) so decided to check the ruins out in January when we were there. The remnants of the second largest public baths in Rome are massive. They are quite an impressive display and very different from today. The overall size of this place when built was huge. Be prepared to walk a bit, but all on flat surfaces and with no crowds in the month of January. We liked this and would recommend it.
  • Very rude staff, the man helping us started screaming at the other man behind the counter because he was trying to help someone at the same time and our guy couldn’t hear over them talking.. so that was a bit uncomfortable. The tickets weren’t too expensive, but he kept trying to get us to come by the day after when it was free entrance (we just didn’t have the time for that). It wasn’t too crowded and we got to walk around all over, but there wasn’t a lot of information provided. The ruins were cool to see, but a lot of the baths were so eroded you had to have a lot of imagination to see what they used to look like.
  • If you're going to enter this site, (11€) make sure you get a virtual reality glasses tour (extra 8€). When we got there they were out of VR glasses and we didn't get to experience them. The site itself is impressive but doesn't justify the price. The best thing in there was that is was pretty empty of visitors so you had your quiet.
  • Great site with lots of interesting things to see. Just make sure to check the opening times, as we went on a Monday and only had half an hour to look round before being chased by the staff to get out. The tunnels underneath were particularly fascinating. A bit of a walk off the normal tourist paths in Rome but definitely worth it.

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