Baths of Caracalla Tour

Best Circus Maximus & Baths of Caracalla Tour – Visiting Guide 2024

A visit to Caracalla’s baths is essential if you want to truly comprehend what life was like in ancient Rome. Of course, the Roman Forum, the Imperial Forums, and the Colosseum also fulfill this function. But, the Caracalla thermal baths represent something very unique. More than any other similar archaeological site, they will allow you to completely understand the significance and importance of the baths during Imperial Rome. 

Why should you visit Caracalla Baths?

The baths of Caracalla are one of the largest public baths and best-preserved ancient buildings from the Roman era. This historic site is simply a must-see when in Rome. During your visit, you will have an opportunity to learn all about the thermal baths that were found along the Appian Way. Explore the three bathing rooms and discover what they were used for. Also, while being there, don’t miss the chance to discover the incredible artworks inside the complex, from numerous mosaics and frescos to astonishing sculptures.

Everything you need to know before visiting Baths of Caracalla

We gathered all the helpful tips and information that you might find useful when visiting the Baths of Caracalla. Read them all and prepare yourself for a visit to this incredible archeological complex in the best way!

Getting to the Caracalla Baths

The Baths of Caracalla are located on the south side of Rome. The address is Viale dell Terme di Caracalla 52.

METRO: The baths are only a 5-10 minute walk from the Circo Massimo metro station. They are also a 20-minute walk from the Colosseum.

BUS: The closest bus stop is Terme Caracalla/Porta Capena, and it can be reached via the 118, 160, and 628 bus routes.

TOUR: You can also visit Caracalla Baths by going on a guided sightseeing tour. This is definitely the most convenient way to travel to baths. 

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When to visit the Baths of Caracalla?

You can visit the Baths of Caracalla all year round, although the best time to plan your visit is during the summer when the Teatro dell’ Opera schedule is in full swing. This is, however, a busy time of year, and temperatures are very high. For that reason, we highly recommend visiting Caracalla Baths early in the morning or late in the afternoon. That way, you will not only escape the summer heat but also avoid the large crowds. 

Caracalla Baths Working Hours

Keep in mind that working hours vary depending on the season. 

In summer: from 9:00 am to 7.00 pm 

In winter: from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm 

The last entry is an hour before closing. But you need more than an hour to explore the entire complex. Also, please note that Baths close every Monday at 2:00 pm. 

Explore the Caracalla Baths in the best way!

The best way to visit the Baths of Caracalla in Rome is by going on a guided tour. Even though a self-guided tour of the thermal baths would be more affordable, it is much better to book a guided tour. By doing so, you will gain a deeper understanding of the history of the places you visit. To help you save your time and money, we have found the best Caracalla Bath tour for you. Take a look and reserve your spot already today! 

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What can you see at the Caracalla Baths?

Ballet and Opera Performances

There’s no better way to spend the summer nights in Rome than enjoying an opera, ballet, or concert at the Baths of Caracalla. During the summer months, the baths team up with Teatro dell’ Opera and use the area to create an exceptional performance for the public. Numerous singers and musicians from across can be seen performing at the Baths of Caracalla.

Open-air Swimming Pool

In the past, the swimming area where Romans would usually spend their time was surrounded by high walls and columns of ornamental statues. Today, Inside the pool area, you can see two large entrances, which are carefully curated off red and grey granite columns surmounted by a marble lintel.

Incredible artworks

The Baths of Caracalla are well-known for their remarkable mosaics, frescoes, and sculptures. All of the remains are still very well visible to the naked eye. One of the most famous mosaics is in the Vatican Museums, a series depicting famous gladiators. Black and white mosaic patterns were often used in ancient Rome in areas associated with water, so you will be able to see examples of the particular style on the floors here at the Baths. 

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FAQ – Visiting Caracalla Bathsur in Rome

What are the Baths of Caracalla?

The Baths of Caracalla were built by Emperor Caracalla for the use and enjoyment of the ancient Romans. These thermal baths are one of the most prominent and best-preserved examples of ancient thermal baths. The complex wasn’t built only as a place to bathe but also as a place to study and rest.

Is it worth visiting Caracalla Baths?

Visiting Caracalla Baths is definitely worth your time and money. By far, the best way to visit this historical landmark is by going on a guided tour. That way, you will get a full insight into the history of this site and learn why it was so important. You will also have an opportunity to explore the Circus Maximus – an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium and mass entertainment venue.

Can you tour the Roman Baths of Caracalla on your own?

You can explore the Baths of Caracalla without a guided tour. Although, going on a guided tour will provide a much deeper understanding of its significance and history.

What else should I visit in Rome?

Rome is a city filled with incredible historical sites that everyone should visit. Whether you want to visit the iconic Colosseum, Palatine Hill, or take a guided tour of Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, one thing is sure, you will have a fantastic time in Eternal City!
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