Baths of Caracalla Tunnels

These Ancient Tunnels Are Rome’s New Must-See Attraction

Have you already eaten your bodyweight in gelato, thrown coins into the Trevi Fountain and explored the Colosseum? Then this is the next thing you need to do in Rome. The Terme di Caracalla (Baths of Caracalla) are now open to the public and they’re incredible. 

The ruins of these baths are huge and have long been a popular Roman site for visitors. The  ancient spa complex dates back to 216 A.D. Now though, you can tour the winding tunnels that lead you deep into the underbelly of the city.

“This is the technological heart of the Baths,” says the site’s director Marina Piranomonte.

Baths of Caracalla

“Everyone should see it – not just academics with torches.”

Rome was called the “Eternal City” by the ancient Romans because they believed that no matter what happened in the rest of the world, Rome would always be standing. And they were totally right.

A digital exhibition really brings it to life

A digital art exhibition by Fabrizio Plessi and set to music by composer Michael Nyman really brings the tunnels to a new level. Plessi at Caracalla: The Secret of Time, the show is made up of 12 video exhibits inspired by the baths and by Emperor Caracalla.

Plessi at Caracalla

The show runs until mid-September 2019 and you can see more about tours and tickets here.

Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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