Baths of Caracalla

Monuments and Landmarks
A huge complex of baths built by prisoners of war, to inspire Roman citizens in a time of declining powers of the senate.

Know Before You Go

The original mosaics and the aquatic mosaics are well worth seeing as are the vaults, the main corridor and garden house. Take a guide or a map with you to get to grips with the entire layout as this is a big site.
Check closing times before you make the trip as sometimes they close early.
It's an easy walk from the Circus Maximus metro stop if you are making your own way.
There may be too much walking around for younger children.

The Baths of Caracalla are the old Roman baths also known as Thermae Antoninianae. The Emperor Caracalla was the son of Septimius Severus, he succeeded his father in the year 211.The new baths were built when the role of the Senate had all but faded, the Severan dynasty were looking for other support and built the baths so that every Roman would see them. The baths were constructed by 13,000 prisoners of war from the Scottish campaign of Septimius Severus, 21 million bricks were used and 6300m2 of marble.


If you wish to gain a good idea of the actual scale of the Baths of Caracalla it is well worth a visit, the history behind the building of the baths and how many materials were actually used to complete them is incredibly interesting. The actual area of the baths was also home to a complex of shops, gardens, reading rooms, perfumeries, cafeterias, music pavilions and a museum.

Key Highlights

If you wish to gain a good idea of the actual scale of the Baths of Caracalla it is well worth a visit, the history behind the building of the baths and how many materials were actually used to complete them is incredibly interesting. The actual area of the baths was also home to a complex of shops, gardens, reading rooms, perfumeries, cafeterias, music pavilions and a museum.

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