The Baths of Caracalla baths or Antonine represent one of the most impressive Imperial spas, considered to be one of the seven wonders of Rome. They have still retained for much of their structure and in a zone, free from modern buildings and stays second largest among the roman public baths that were created during 217 AD. Records show that the idea for the baths was drawn up by Septimius Severus and merely completed in just five years, opened during the lifetime of Caracalla. This would have allowed for a longer construction timeframe. They were so huge and well organized that every day it housed 6,000 to 8,000 people with unimaginable for our beauty salons. They are today a tourist attraction.
The baths were not just a building for swimming, sports and body care, but also space for the study, walking or working meetings for very important decisions. The whole area of the structure was about a size of 7 hectares and inside the main building there was in various environments, which departed from the gym and then get to various rooms with increasing temperatures, to find themselves in a giant pool and round off with a massage, nothing was missing there! The "Baths of Caracalla" is the second to have a public library within the complex. Like other public libraries in Rome were two separate and equal-sized rooms or buildings set, where one is for Greek language texts and one for Latin language texts.
The baths were used for 320 years and probably, who would relax for hours in this idyllic place, did not realize it, but under him, there was the world apart. A real barracks, with slaves taken with sticks and whips to keep moving around the system that was used for heating various thermal areas, considering that there were as many as 50 in the underground ovens, always on and then fed with wood for to direct hot air along the walls. This underground chamber is truly impressive when you consider how much effort has been done for the welfare of others.
Emperor Caracalla had the complex built as a grain of political propaganda, he wanted the public to like him and he also wanted something for the people to remember him by. Romans from all social classes enjoyed themselves in the impressive, exquisitely detailed building. Not only did this create a sense of unity but also improved the public’s opinion of Caracalla because they attributed their enjoyable experience and lavish surroundings to him.
In the 19th and early 20th century, the design of the baths was used as an inspiration for several modern structures, including St George's Hall in Liverpool and Pennsylvania Station in New York City. In 1960 Summer Olympics, the venue hosted the gymnastics events. The baths are the only archaeological site in Rome to be damaged by an earthquake near L'Aquila during 2009. To understand the life of the true Roman, one cannot visit this impressive facility for the well-being of the body, they are high, surprising and majestic!
During the visit, bring a backpack with a towel inside, because if there's a nice day, you can lie in the magnificent meadows of the structure in the sun and when you lie, you will see over the tall colonnades really astonishing for their size. And you can breathe the air of the pleasures which he devoted for an ancient people and powerful as that of the Romans. This is Rome, a marvel !! There's nothing to do and it is a wonder if you can feel a part of this beauty, but not only with your eyes or your feet, but with the essence in you that realizes being a part of this wonderful city when you live in Rome. It is easily accessible by metro line B stop Circo Massimo.