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Baths, Temples and the Circus Maximus

A walk through southern Rome: Terme de Caracalla, Circus Maximus, Mouth of the Truth and the Isola Tiberina
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 1.7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  This walk starts in the Terme de Caracalla, one of the most impressive Roman ruins. You'll discover the popular Mouth of the Truth,... more »

Tips:  This walk is easy, but be sure to bring water with you as Rome can be quite hot and dry during the summer.

To get to the starting... more »

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Points of Interest

In 212, the Roman Emperor Caracalla built the largest baths ever, but unfortunately they were destroyed in 538 by the Goths during raids against Rome. The inside of this giant building featured mosaics and white marble on the ground and mosaics on the walls that were up to 30 meters high.

Every day, about 1,600 bathers, both rich and poor,... More

Located between the Aventine and Palatine hills, the Circus Maximus was the first (built in 400 B.C.) and largest chariot racing stadium in ancient Rome (in Latin circus means circle or ring, not to be confused with the modern-day idea of a circus with clowns and acrobats).

This giant building could accommodate 250,000 spectators and is still the... More

"La Bocca della Verità" is a sculpture from the first century and is famous for its role as a lie detector: It was believed that if someone told a lie with their hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. Hence its nickname: "Mouth of Truth."

Santa Maria in Cosmedin is famous for the bell tower from the 12th century, perhaps the ... More

The Temple of Vesta was built under Augustus and is incorrectly named as there has been Church of the Gesù one Temple of Vesta in Rome, located inside the Roman Forum.

The Temple of Portunus (which was once mistaken for the Tempi della Fortuna Virile) was built around 200 B.C. and is preserved extremely well.

The Arch of Janus was built in 400 ... More

The first bridge at this location was built in 200 B.C. but collapsed twice. In 1575, Pope Gregory VII built Ponte Rotto again and the lonely arch is the last remnant of the medieval bridge.

Tiber Island (Isola Tiberina)
Legend claims that the shape of this small island looks like the ship that carried the god of medicine, Esculape, to Rome in... More

6. Ponte Fabricio

Fabricius, who was in charge of the public roads, built this bridge in 62 B.C.; it is the last remaining Roman antique bridge. However, tourists often overlook this landmark.

The large hole in the middle of the two arches allowed the water from flash floods to pass without applying to much force on the structure of the bridge.

The Temple of Apollo was erected in 500 B.C. and dedicated to the god Apollo, god of light and sun, truth and prophecy, medicine, poetry and more. The three beautiful columns are remnants of the renovation of this temple ordered in 34 B.C. by Caius Sosius.

Caesar started the building of the Theatre of Marcellus, which was completed under Emperor ... More