The Baths of Ancient Rome: Masterpieces of Ancient Engineering
Have you ever wondered what the ancient Romans did at the baths? Some of baths are striking features of Rome’s skyline even today. Great importance was attached to these structures, and not only for the aspects directly related to personal hygiene. They were places where you could relax, discuss business or decide to hold important meetings; not only that, they were venues for exercise and sport. In ancient Rome, public baths were often huge buildings, almost small towns, open all day and every day. The emperors themselves ordered their construction for public use by the citizens and competed to overcome their predecessors by building ever larger and more magnificent baths. Even today in Rome you can admire some of the largest and best preserved in the world: the baths of Agrippa, Caracalla, and Diocletian. Guiding you through these magnificent structures, an archaeologist will explain to you how they were built, detailing the sophisticated engineering of the ancient Romans. You will learn how a Roman citizen would have experienced the baths, and you will discover hidden places within them. You will also learn how the slaves and freedmen lived, those people who, every single day, kept these enormous structures in operation and who often spent their entire lives here.
- A doctor of Greek origin was able to heal Augustus from a disease through the use of fresh water. From that moment on, it became customary to alternate between hot and cold baths.
- To ensure their popularity, entrance fees to the baths were kept very low, if not free.
- Some baths were so large that they could hold more than 5,000 people at once!
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Duration: 3 hours
Pick up: Your preference
Departure time: Flexible
When: Daily (Monday to Sunday); Year round
Means of transport: Car with private driver
Languages: English, French, Italian
Suitable for children? Yes
Suitable for people with mobility issues? Yes
Walking distance: about 2 km
Extra not included in the ticket: Entrance admission to the archaeological sites (maximum 10 euro per person, to be arranged later via e-mail, according to needs and availability)
Durata: 3 ore
Pick up: dove preferite
Orario di partenza: da concordare insieme
Quando: tutti i giorni dal lunedì alla domenica ed in tutte le stagioni
Mezzo di trasporto: auto con conducente privato
Lingue: Inglese, francese, italiano
Adatto ai bambini? Sì
Adatto alle persone con difficoltà motorie? Si
Percorso a piedi: circa 2 chilometri
Extra non incluso nel tour: eventuale biglietto di ingresso ai siti archeologici (massimo 10 euro a persona, da concordare in seguito via e-mai, in base ad esigenze e disponibilità)