Terme di Caracalla
Terme di Caracalla
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The ruins of ancient Rome's public bathhouse, dating back to the 3rd century.
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Neighborhood: Centro
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  • Circo Massimo • 8 min walk
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  • Petra
    Hong Kong, China39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic VR experience
    A fabulous site, the VR really brings the ruins into life, it was a highlight of our trip. The only issue is the sparse public transport to get there, but this is Rome, and public transport in general is unreliable - it's not the site's fault. Would return in a heartbeat, and would probably use a taxi to get there - if you use public transport make sure you are not in a rush.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Cynicoren
    Beersheba, Israel2,920 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It may be better with VR goggles
    The Terme size is very impressive, and they have reconstructed the mosaics. We waited a while for the VR goggles, but there were none for quite a while. It might be much more approachable that way, but without it these are mainly huge , interesting ruins.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Aimée
    Watton, United Kingdom68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply stunning ruins, a definite must-see if you are in Rome.
    Just awesome. Totally amazing. We loved our visit - the baths are exquisite and so well preserved and looked after. It was €19 each for us to go in, which was more than we had expected to pay (€8 was quoted online) but this included entrance to an exhibition which we were fine with. The exhibition was a photography exhibition of a journalist who photographed the Mafia Wars of the 60s and 70s. Not really what we wanted to see, some of the photos were grizzly and I didn’t allow my son (7) to see them at all. I would advise you check to understand what exactly you are paying to see if you visit in future and an exhibition is included in the price. However, the baths are an absolute must-see. It was one of the highlights of our trip to be able to walk around these magnificent ruins.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Kim D
    Norwich, United Kingdom94 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Remarkable glimpse into the past
    The ruins were beautiful and probably the best preserved we saw in our visit, including amazing mosaic flooring. Helpful information boards around site made it clear what you were looking at, without need for an audio guide. There was also plenty of shade and seating at the site so easy to get around on a hot day. While there were toilet facilities and a water fountain on site, be warned there are no other facilities to buy drinks or food other than a very expensive stand outside the entrance. The underground area was also closed on our visit, but no signage to make visitors aware of this. Still, a peaceful gem with low amounts of tourist foot traffic. Well worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Frankie C
    London, United Kingdom691 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge memorial to the splendour of Rome
    You get some idea of the splendour that must have been Rome by coming here and seeing the ruins that are left. And hardly any visitors. Huge walls surrounding bathing pools, gyms, meeting halls, shops - what we would now probably call a 'spa resort'! Mosaics still in situ, and the ruins of the lovely frescoed Roman house which was built over when they built the baths (they did it then just as now!) which has only been on display for the past year.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Jan U
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hallmark of Roman building and infrastructure
    The structure is massive and while it does not attract as many visitors as the bloodstained Colloseum, it defnitely has things to show. The visit tour is simple, you walk through the various halls that have their purpose explained in italian and english. you will see remnants of floor and wall mosaicas, impressive arches and the site includes a small shrine from a house demolished during bath construction. you don't get to see any of the infrastructure use for heating the hot bath nor the statues looted long ago, unfortunately. site appears to be wheelchair accesible. toilets in the compound. single adult ticket 11EUR. virtual reality goggles available.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 10, 2024
  • Conseiller99
    Roseland, New Jersey1,391 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Place To Visit and See What The Great Baths Looked Like
    We visited both this one, and the Baths of Diocletion, and Caracalla is by far the better experience since it is well-marked, especially with the Braille plaques that have great diagrams for everyone to see the plan, and excellent descriptive plaques throughout showing where you are in this massive ruin. They make it easy to envision what occurred here over the centuries it flourished. Despite being stripped of most of its artifacts, statues, columns, and roofs…the latter of which caved in during the earthquake of 875 AD, you most definitely get the fell of what this was like. The various bathing sections are clearly delineated, and you can still see the sides of the various pools, even that natatorio, the big pool 300m long, which still looks like it can be filled and used. Some of the roofs still exist in sections, and there are the ruins of a villa that was covered up to build the baths on one end. It’s a pleasant walk past the Circus Maximus, and walking distance from or to Capitoline Hill. We’ve always thought about visiting here over the last 20 years, and never did until yesterday, and we are very happy we did! Really great experience!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2024
  • Tsuni
    London, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    VR experience
    We visited during the Easter Holiday, while everywhere else in Rome was full, this one was a nice surprise to us. Kids enjoyed VR experience, the ground was very relaxing too. Kids found the cellar/underground section a little scary. Overall it was a great day out.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 26, 2024
  • Sheena
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place
    An absolutely sensational place! We visited on a sunny spring day. We didn’t bother with the audio guide…lots of explicatory panels is English and Italian. Really beautiful place - we spent 2 1/2 hours wandering around.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2024
  • Travellinglily
    England, United Kingdom1,033 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW
    Second visit this time with the VR. Amazing experience. Book direct not via a reseller company. This experience was fantastic especially the pool section via VR. The baths are so peaceful yet imposing. Would recommend to any Roman history fan.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2024
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Kim D
Norwich, UK94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The ruins were beautiful and probably the best preserved we saw in our visit, including amazing mosaic flooring. Helpful information boards around site made it clear what you were looking at, without need for an audio guide. There was also plenty of shade and seating at the site so easy to get around on a hot day.

While there were toilet facilities and a water fountain on site, be warned there are no other facilities to buy drinks or food other than a very expensive stand outside the entrance. The underground area was also closed on our visit, but no signage to make visitors aware of this.

Still, a peaceful gem with low amounts of tourist foot traffic. Well worth a visit.
Written September 13, 2023
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Susan H
Oxford, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Enormous site 10-15 minutes walk from Circo Massimo metro. Impressive site and plenty of space to explore without the crowds. It seems reasonably priced but we were able to take advantage being there on the first Sunday of the month when it is free. We booked the tickets on their website and selected the free option which we had to show at the ticket office. Reading some of the other reviews I imagine it really comes alive with the VR experience but it was great visit anyway and just a little off the beaten track
Written July 4, 2023
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BrisVagueness
Brisbane, Australia58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My 11 year old and I went after visiting the Colosseum and the Forum earlier the same day and got lots out of our visit. We hired the virtual reality goggles, which were a great way to be able to understand how the ruins of the site you see today would have looked and been used in its time. After seeing lots of other archaeological remains and reading lots of other sign boards that day, this really engaged and entertained my son and I came away feeling like I had understood more than I had with the audioguide at the Colosseum. We visited in January and it was really quiet - we had the place almost to ourselves. There are toilets but no other facilities like cafes, and also none of the souvenir hawkers outside either. It is a 5 minute walk from the Circo Massimo Metro station so you can walk back and have a stroll in the Circo Massimo itself as well. Also, look out for green parrots!
Written January 12, 2020
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Cme1234
Singapore, Singapore1,033 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
Quite a nice place if you are into seeing some ancient ruins. There are however signs of neglect.

This is quite a distance from the city center and has very very visitors even when it is free.

If you have the time, then you can consider adding this into your bucket list.
Written July 4, 2022
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,684 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
An impressive huge complex left by the emperor Caracalla. The bathrooms are huge and definitely worth seeing. There are also some preserved parts of mosaics. We visited on a Sunday morning, there were crowds of people, but I think the entrance was free then.
Written April 14, 2024
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midway42
Georgia3,375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
There are a handful of iconic images one associates with Ancient Rome: an emperor, gladiators, a chariot race, and, well, baths. No matter where the empire’s reach extended, there were bath complexes. I can personally attest to this as I've seen them in England (2007) and Romania (2021). The baths of Caracalla were constructed in the early 3rd Century and stayed in use for over 300 years. Free and open to the public, the complex contained a hypocaust (underground chamber using wood and coal to heat the water) and served as architectural inspiration for structures both ancient (the Basilica of Maxentius in the Forum) and modern (Chicago Union Station).

I visited during the week after taking the subway to Circo Massimo; the site is about a ten minute walk from the station. An audio guide was readily available at admission and contained ten stops. The walking path demarcated at the site also provided a logical path for the tour, and I was brought by the two gyms, frigidarium/tepidarium/calidarium complex, swimming pool, cisterns, and libraries on the periphery of the complex. There were static displays as well covering the four different brick building techniques as well as a description of the mosaics. The dialogue from the commentary was excellent and the visit lasted a little over an hour. I did see some patrons with what looked like augmented reality goggles on but I was almost done with my tour and didn’t ask how to rent them.

This was a superb visit for several reasons. First, as mentioned in the introduction, it covers a signature facet of Ancient Rome in detail. Second, the area was the most atmospheric of all the sites I saw during my week in the city; even if I didn’t have audio commentary it would have just been cool to walk through. Third, the attraction was “off the beaten path” and almost devoid of the swarms of rabid tourists found at the more popular areas. Last, the possibility of AR in the future along with the commentary really clinches it for me; this would be a great opportunity if it took hold.

Accessible. User friendly. Atmospheric. Academic. Future potential. Highly recommended.
Written March 31, 2023
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Aimée
Watton, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Just awesome. Totally amazing.
We loved our visit - the baths are exquisite and so well preserved and looked after.
It was €19 each for us to go in, which was more than we had expected to pay (€8 was quoted online) but this included entrance to an exhibition which we were fine with. The exhibition was a photography exhibition of a journalist who photographed the Mafia Wars of the 60s and 70s. Not really what we wanted to see, some of the photos were grizzly and I didn’t allow my son (7) to see them at all.
I would advise you check to understand what exactly you are paying to see if you visit in future and an exhibition is included in the price.

However, the baths are an absolute must-see. It was one of the highlights of our trip to be able to walk around these magnificent ruins.
Written August 27, 2023
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Beanie
Clifton Park, NY1,276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
We went to the baths with a private guide. While other sites were crowded with people , this spot was virtually empty. It is fascinating and I'm surprised not more popular attraction
Although impressive on its own, it wouldnt have been the same without a private guide or some sort of virtual guide to explain just how complex the baths were.
I would rate this just as high as the more popular Colosseum.
Written July 8, 2022
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nigni2002
Carimate, Italy3,030 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
You do need the 3D view facility. Not easy to manage, just 5 minutes to understand and then you can get an idea of everything. You have to pay a little more but if you are two or three you do not need to rent 3, just One and everybody can enjoy it.
Otherway it is a little boring to read…
Written November 3, 2022
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Conseiller99
Roseland, NJ1,391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited both this one, and the Baths of Diocletion, and Caracalla is by far the better experience since it is well-marked, especially with the Braille plaques that have great diagrams for everyone to see the plan, and excellent descriptive plaques throughout showing where you are in this massive ruin. They make it easy to envision what occurred here over the centuries it flourished. Despite being stripped of most of its artifacts, statues, columns, and roofs…the latter of which caved in during the earthquake of 875 AD, you most definitely get the fell of what this was like. The various bathing sections are clearly delineated, and you can still see the sides of the various pools, even that natatorio, the big pool 300m long, which still looks like it can be filled and used. Some of the roofs still exist in sections, and there are the ruins of a villa that was covered up to build the baths on one end. It’s a pleasant walk past the Circus Maximus, and walking distance from or to Capitoline Hill. We’ve always thought about visiting here over the last 20 years, and never did until yesterday, and we are very happy we did! Really great experience!
Written February 19, 2024
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