Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Taking a Rome

I’m Sarah from Things Sarah Loves and I am so excited to be guest posting for Danni about one of my favourite cities in the world! As a Classical Civilisation graduate, I have spent a fair bit of time in Rome and it is a city I absolutely love. However, instead of focusing on popular tourists spots such as the Colosseum or The Vatican (both of which are amazing), I decided to focus this post around one of my favourite sites in Rome: The Baths of Caracalla.

Taking a trip to Rome

The very first time I approached the baths, I gasped at the sheer magnitude of what was in front of me. The baths, named after the Emperor Caracalla, were completed 217 AD and welcomed approximately 8,000 visitors every single day to enjoy the bathing facilities on offer (the Romans did not miss a chance to socialise and network!). The red brick sandstone ruins, situated just south of the city centre, dominate the surrounding landscape.

One tip I would give to any EU student – take your student card! If you do, you will be allowed to enter the baths free of charge (and that is always a good thing) and the site is open free to everyone on the first Sunday of the month. As the site is mainly outdoors and it takes quite a lot of time to fully walk around, I would also advise taking plenty of water. Although there is a cute little ice cream van permanently situated at the entrance which is amazing!

Taking a trip to Rome

One of the reasons I love this site so much is because I love Ancient Roman frescos and mosaics. If this is your cup of tea, then I strongly recommend a visit. The mosaics found here are some of the largest preserved mosaics that have ever been discovered (even the sites at Pompeii and Herculaneum do not compare in this regard!) and are certainly worth viewing! As well as walking around the baths, the gardens here are beautiful and well maintained. There are plenty of benches to enjoy a break and really take in the sheer magnitude of the site that surrounds you. It is an incredible experience.

Taking a trip to Rome

As with any ancient site, you really need to use your imagination to visualise exactly what it must have been like using these baths many, many years ago (don’t expect to find pools of water – there is none!). Nevertheless, I think this is one of the best preserved sites that really offers you a glimpse into the life of an Ancient Roman. One advantage visitors have is that this archaeological site tends to be very quiet (overshadowed by the famous Colosseum nearby) and you can literally wander around the site alone, getting lost in the magnificence that surrounds you. For me, that is what makes this baths unique and very special indeed.

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