Do it as Romans do. Have a bath as emperors would have had it
If anybody feels ready to switch to stand by, go a bit out of the city, just few kilometers far from Rome, we recommend some ultimate places to relax. Therms, which served even the generation of Caesar will serve you, too in the XXI century. This is the magic, which can be provided only by the Eternal City. During the day, under the starry sky, in freezing cold and in the middle of a heatwave as well.
When we have studied about Julius Caesar, or about any other hedonistic Roman emperor, we have had to read a lot about their never ending holidays at the therms, meanwhile they were sitting, chilling, and discussing the political, women and philosophical issues of the great empire. When we are loitering around in our beloved ancient city, we will bump into endless remain, streets and squares which are cuddling the memory of their high life. Instead of healing hot water, we will find dozens of cats in those baths. Some of them offers place for the open air opera shows to praise Verdi or Puccini, or to the concerts of pop and rock stars. Others have become museum of arts, and the rest is just a gathering place for the youngsters before they are going to party and they drink their first bottle of wine.
I admit, when I have arrived to Rome I was kind of disappointed that none of them was filled with boiling waiter, where I could have just relaxed for a stolen hour. I was convinced about the idea that in Rome must be a still operating and available therm bath. I have browsed on the internet many times, but only expensive spas got in my way, so finally I have given up on this plan. Unexpectedly, the solution has come from a forgotten corner of my research. I have read through the upcoming CouchSurfing events and I spotted something about refreshing hot water. On the forum they were talking about organizing how to get there, because this liquid happiness is actually out of the city, although it’s absolutely not difficult to get there. If you can manage to get there and spend enough time to get back to Rome before 22h , you can even take the regional train to Viterbo, and get off at the final station.
However, my suggestion is to visit this hidden paradise by night, because that way for sure you will have the feeling of it. By night, the easiest way to approach the place, is to borrow the car of a friend or just simply rent one. It’s more or less half an hour driving from the centre of Rome. It’s useful to use GPS and stay watchful, because the roads, which are leading are definitely tricky, and it’s easy to get lost. When you have parked you car, just follow the flashing lights of cell phones, which the few other guest will use to see their steps. It’s nothing else but pure nature, so it’s worth to be aware what is in front of you in the grass, while you are approaching the bath. The therms are under the sky, there isn’t any staff to ask you for entry fee or controll the happenings around. There are three pools, most of the times with different temperatures of the water, but it’s up to the people who are having bath there. You can find a sluice, which helps to change the temperature as it let the water flow from one pool to the other. After the optimalizing, you have nothing else to do just stare the dark or blue sky, listen the the music of frogs and grigs. Enjoy the therms!