Have you ever wondered how Romans feel like spending their free time relaxing in the Empire most famous Baths? Now you can even explore them with your own eyes!
Caracalla Baths are now available for amazing 3D Tours, suitable both for Adults and for Kids. With the help of virtual reality and special eyepieces with the 3D program installed, going back in time to Roman Era it’s the easiest thing to do.
Why trying the new Tour at Caracalla? Visiting this archeological site full of everlasting traditions and amazing architectural elements means not only having a full insight of the way Romans, especially wealthy people, used to live. You will experience also how it feels like walking along the impressive rooms that are part of the greatest Baths ever.
What’s most interesting, is the chance to compare places as they were in the past with their appearance nowadays and it is an engaging activity, whether you are an Adult or a Kid.
Caracalla Baths: How they look like?
As you may know, the baths we can easily find nowadays are built based on the model that roman traditions gave to us. Let’s have a look at Caracalla Baths!
The Baths, called also Thermae in Ancient Roman language, were built between year 212 and 217 and were a source of inspiration to the later buildings of Diocletian Baths, Basilica of Maxentius and many more.
They were located in the Southern area of the city, nearby Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill. The Baths were organized in many different rooms: the central one was called Frigidarium, that means literally “cold room”. Walking along the Baths, you would find also the Tepidarium, the room which has lukewarm heat and finally the Calidarium, the room with hot heat.
In addition, Caracalla Baths were provided also of 2 palestras, were Romans could practice boxing, as well as one natatio, a roofless pool area.
Romans used to go in one room after another, this allowed them to enjoy even more their relaxing time in the Baths.
Now, with the help of 3D technology, you will be able to discover the Baths as they look like at the time they were built and recognize that many decorations that once adorned this stunning Baths are not gone forever but located in other areas of Rome.
In fact, using the 3D eyepieces provided during the Tour, everything will be on the original location. Looking at the Frigidarium room, you will see a huge impressive pool made of red porphyry stone, nowadays located in Naples; while strolling in the Baths ancient library you will recognize his columns, nowadays located inside St. Mary in Trastevere Church.
These changes are due to the fact that in the past the Baths were robbed of their most valuable treasures.
Who was Caracalla?
Caracalla was one of the greatest emperors of Rome, also known under the name of Antoninus. He ruled from 198 AD to 217, that was the year in which he died. He was part of the Severan dynasty, one of the most relevant in Rome history.
At the very beginning of his Era, he ruled together with his father, Septimius Severus, until Severus death in 211. After that, he ruled jointly with his brother Geta, until he ordered the members of royal guard that were loyal to him to murder Geta.
Which were his greatest actions during his reign?
Caracalla indeed is renowned in Roman history for the “Constitutio Antonina” as well as for the world-famous baths that bear his name.
The Constitutio Antonina was a revolutionary edict throughout all the Empire: in fact, Emperor Caracalla ordered that all free men in the Empire will have the right to be considered as Roman citizens.
Romans and free time: how they love to spend their time?
Roman people had many hobbies they like to do: among them, the most common was going to the Baths four sure, because it was not the only way to train their body but also to meet and talk to friends and acquaintances. Normally both poor and wealthy social classes could go to the Baths, however they were separated women from men areas.
Other activities that Romans loved much was going to see the shows and the combats held in the arenas, walking along Roman Forum, the very center of social life during Ancient Times, and practicing sports.
Roman Emperors ordered to build both Baths, Arenas and Roman Forum to satisfy people needs and to create an activity for a free time. The world most famous Arena was Colosseum, where both the wealthy ones and the humble ones could go: they had been provided seats on different levels of the Colosseum, so the richest classes could enjoy the view of the shows more than the poorest.
The shows held at Colosseum were most of all fights, in fact some of the sports Romans loved most were wrestling and boxing. However, they used to practice a great number of activities in their free time, such as running, javelin throw, discus throw and shot put, that became traditional sports after Roman conquered Greek territories.
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