When in Rome …

… why not visit the Caracalla Festival?

Whether it’s called Eternal Rome, the Sacred City or the Capital of the World, this fascinating city never ceases to impress. Whilst the main sights like the Colosseum, Forum Romanum, and Spanish Steps will be on every first time visitors “must see list” along with the Vatican, of course, tradition says that a tossed coin into the Trevi Fountain will ensure that you will return again.

No matter, if you are a first time visitor, or one on the “Trevi Fountain return ticket”, lovers of Opera will certainly find that Rome will be the place to be this summer. The amazing Caracalla Festival, allows you to combine iconic sightseeing with a fantastic evening of culture, with performances of Carmen, Tosca and Nabucco on offer in the incredible and unique setting of the ruins of an ancient Roman Bath.

The Caracalla Baths date back to AD 216 and were second only to the Diocletian Baths in terms of size. Much of the building was destroyed in the AD 847 earthquake, but this national treasure defies the centuries to this day. The baths were first used for operatic performances as an experiment in 1937, and was a triumph from the outset. Performances continued again after the war, and the venue offered the famous backdrop for the inaugural “Three Tenors” concerts in 1990 on the eve of the FIFA World Cup. The site was then upgraded over the Millennium with the creation of a modern moveable stage which, whilst state of the art, still complements the imposing historical setting, providing a moving and memorable theatrical experience.

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