Ancient Roman Baths Tour: Caracalla and Diocletian baths

The Bath of Diocleatian and the Bath of Caracalla: discovering wellness and social life in the ancient roman baths. 
SPA - Salus Per Aquam - Health Through Water

The Romans believed that good health came from bathing, eating, massages, and exercise. The baths, therefore, had all of these things in abundance. Since some citizens would be bathing multiple times a week, Roman society was surprisingly clean.

In many ways, baths were the ancient Roman equivalent of community centers. Because the bathing process took so long, conversation was necessary. Many Romans would use the baths as a place to invite their friends to dinner parties, and many politicians would go to the baths to convince fellow Romans to join their causes. The thermae had many attributes in addition to the baths. There were libraries, rooms for poetry readings, and places to buy and eat food. The modern equivalent would be a combination of a library, art gallery, mall, restaurant, gym, and spa.

   Highlights of the tour
  • History of the ancient roman baths and the impact on roman social life.
  • Learn about the different plans of the early roman baths compared to the more sophisticated complex of the imperial time:  from the “balnea” in the republic period (BC) to the baths of the roman empire(AD)
  • Learn about ancient architecture and how it was possible to built such immense structures.
  • Visit the bath of Caracalla, the most imposing remaining of ancient Roman bath in western world and one of the best archaeological sites in modern Rome.
  • Compare the baths of Caracalla, just outside the city center and the bath of Diocletian in the heart of Rome; understand how and in what way the various parts of the Diocletian complex have been reused in modern Rome.

The private tour can be customized according to your interests and timeframe. 

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