Take a dip in Rome´s Baths of Caracalla

The Baths of Diocletian are Rome´s largest and best known public bath house, but the Terme di Caracalla, a short stroll south of the Colosseum and Forum, are its second largest - also quite impressive and rather less crowded, thought to have been built around 216 CE and in use for a bit over  300 years, the complex covers 25 hectares (62 acres) and includes various hot, warm, and cold rooms as well as saunas, a pair of gymnasiums, and a number of pools including a large swimming pool. There´s also a very cool basement space which served as a temple for worshipping Mithra, an ancient Persian deity popular with soldiers and the lower classes. These days it´s also used as a venue for opera and other musical performances.

Read more in my post 8 Interesting, Off-the-Beaten-Path Attractions of Rome.




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