Visiting the Baths of Caracalla, Villa of the Quintilii & Villa Adriana as a Wheelchair User

This post is all about my tours with Rome and Italy at the Baths of Caracalla, the Villa of the Quintilii, and Villa Adriana aka Hadrian’s Villa. If you haven’t already, be sure to read about accessibility at places such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum >>here<<

Tour #3: The Baths of Caracalla, Rome

Background: Emperor Septimius Severus first commissioned the baths in AD 206 and after his death, Caracalla, his son, completed the baths in AD 216. The composition of the baths was typical of any Roman bath, including the frigidarium (cold water), the tepidarium (tepid water), and the caldarium (hot water), but on a much grander scale. The natatio (swimming pool) was next to the frigidarium and was open to the sky. In its day, the baths would have been decorated with marble, paintings, sculptures, and floor mosaics. On each side of the baths was the palaestra (gymnasium) where people could exercise. Libraries and gardens were also a part of the Baths of Caracalla. Continue reading

How To Get Around Ancient Roman Archeological Sites as a Wheelchair User: The Roman Forum, Colosseum and Ancient Ostia

I knew that since I’ve been studying Ancient Rome for the last three years at university that I wanted to pack in as much as I could during my eighteen days in Italy, because it will probably be a while before I visit there again.

The majority of my stay was spent in Rome with day trips to Ancient Ostia, Tivoli, Pompeii and Florence. There is so much to do and see there that the eighteen days flew by much faster than I wanted. I booked nine tours with the company Rome and Italy, and even though I was exhausted from the heat and sometimes got a bit cranky, I loved every single one of them. Here’s a list of the tours I went on:

  • Roman Forum and Colosseum
  • Ancient Ostia
  • Baths of Caracalla
  • Villa of the Quintilii
  • Villa Adriana (in Tivoli, close to Rome)
  • Pompeii
  • Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
  • Appian Way (opted out of a tour guide for this one), and
  • Castel Sant’Angelo

This post will focus on how I got around these ancient sites and on my first two tours of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum and of Ancient Ostia.

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