Daily Life in Ancient Rome
Roman Insula, Baths of Caracalla, Circus Maximus
It has been recently open to the public a perfectly preserved ancient Roman condominium, or insula, found below the actual church of S. Giovanni & Paolo.It's located on the Caelium hill, one of the most densely populated district of the ancient Rome.
The visit shows the different living habits of the Ancient Romans while recalling the transformations the house had had from the 2nd to the 5th Century.
The Roman condominium was later transformed into a domus( house for a single family) , richly decorated with vividly preserved frescoes.
Eventually that became a sacred early Christian shrine.
Outside the Roman houses ,surrounded by ancient ruins,by Middle Ages Christian chapels and by the church of San Gregorio,we'll walk to the baths of Caracalla, once the second largest in Rome, located along the Ancient Appian way.
Begun and named after emperor Caracalla in the III Century AD, it was perhaps the most luxurious bath ever built in Rome and the complex is still impressive now, and allows to imagine and to visualize the original splendour of the architecture and decoration. There were gymnasiums, areas with pools of different temperature, saunas, libraries, leisure gardens, fountains and room for 1600 bathers.
The visit will continue to the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hill, that once was the seat of the Circus Maximus. The passion Ancient Romans had for the horses and for chariot races is comparable to the one we now have for our favorite sports. The circus was built several
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