Baths played a prominent role in Ancient Rome, and today, visitors in the city can still explore the ruins of these popular Roman meeting points.
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Baths of Caracalla
Perhaps the most famous Roman baths ruin in the city is the Baths of Caracalla. These public baths were built in the early third century AD with over 6300 cubic metres of marble by over 6000 builders. Even today, its ruins are enormous, giving visitors some idea of the sheer scale of this structure.
The Caracalla baths follow the traditional pattern of Roman public bathing houses, with three pools: a cool pool, a lukewarm pool and a hot pool. When operational, it would have held up to 1600 public bathers. They were also home to two libraries and scenic public gardens, so were unsurprisingly at the centre of Roman cultural life.
Today, visitors can explore the ruins of Caracalla and appreciate the magnificent architecture that went into this classic example of a Roman bath. At night, the baths are illuminated and look particularly spectacular. And every summer, the Teatro Dell’Opera di Roma – Rome’s central opera house – conducts open-air performances here, which are especially popular with both Romans and visitors.
Other Roman Baths
In addition to the Baths of Caracalla, the Trajan Baths are another ruin of note in the city. The grand Baths of Diocletian are also worth exploring. These were built just before Caracalla, and are situated at the top of Viminal, the smallest of Rome’s famous seven hills.