- Meet your guide at 9:45AM
- Start the tour at 10:00 AM
- First Venue “Case Romane Celio” at 10:15 AM
- The visit 10:15-11:00 AM
- Second Venue “Caracalla Baths” at 11:15 AM
- End of tour 12:30 PM
- Expert, English-speaking guide
- Tickets to the venues
- Skip the line access
Join More of Rome on off the beaten path, walking tour of the archaeological sites of Caracalla Baths and Case Romane in the Hills of Rome with skip the line access.
On this walking tour, our expert, English-speaking guide will take you to two of the seven hills of Rome, Caelian Hill and Aventine Hill where you will visit two different venues.
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For this tour our guide was a really amazing historian, you could expect a pretty dry tour from a historian, but this man was just fantastic, full of stories and anecdotes and of course very knowledgeable. Dan B
Venue number one is an ancient Roman house (Case Romane) on Caelian Hill, buried underneath an ancient Basilica. Case Romane is an archaeological site underneath an ancient, minor Basilica dedicated to two Roman soldiers and eunuchs of Constantia (Constantine's daughter), Giovanni and Paolo, who lived and were martyred there in the 4th century AD.
Case Romane consists of twenty rooms, ten of which are beautifully decorated with frescoes and in some cases still have the original mosaic floors. This ancient Roman house was discovered during the excavations of 1887 which were undertaken in order to find the tombs and the relics of Giovanni and Paolo, believed to had been martyred there.
Caelian hill is a little oasis in the very center of Rome, two minutes away from Metro station. Inhabited since the early days of Roman Empire it is a place unknown to tourists. It is almost like being in a country, without all the noise of the city.
Venue number two is located on the Aventine hill, about 10 minute walk from the first venue. It is the ruins of the second largest bath house of Roman Empire, one of the most important archaeological sites in Rome – Caracalla Baths.
The sheer size of this archaeological site is impressive. The bath-house was designed by Septimius Severus and built under the emperor Caracalla in the first quarter of the 3rd century AD. For 6 years, 9000 slaves, brought from different colonies of Roman Empire, worked day and night in order to build this enormous bath complex. When it was finally opened to the public, Romans were surprised and impressed by the magnitude of the complex. The baths could easily accommodate over 6ooo people, who came there to bathe, exercise, play board games, swim in Olympic size pools, mingle and socialize or get massages and all kinds of treatments. For the first time, men and women of Rome, could go to the baths at the same time using two different sections.
The archaeological site of Caracalla Baths is also off the beaten path, and we often find it empty and quiet.
Let our expert, English-speaking guide take you to these wonderful archaeological sites where you can learn so much about the history of Rome, and admire its ancient glory.