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Via Claudio Monteverdi, 15
Post code I-95131 Catania Sicily Italy
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The thermae dell’Indirizzo are situated in the ancient part of the city of Catania and it is best preserved thermal building. They are some remains of a Roman thermal complex dating back to the second century. In the middle of the pescheria, the picturesque open-air market of fish, meat, fruit and vegetables the mins of this thermal complex are visible. They were named in this way referring  to the adjacent church of Madonna dell’Indirizzo, nowadays used as a school.

About 10 covered rooms, the thermal system that consisted of furnaces to heat the rooms, pipes and channels through which the water flowed, are still visible. Until the late Roman age, going to the thermae often was a healthy and pleasant habit for the Romans who lived in Catania. The numerous thermal complexes proved the high quality of life that characterized the city during the Imperial Roman Age, from the first to the third century AD. The thermae were public buildings for the body care. They were very popular in Rome. The thermal buildings consisted of different rooms: the laconicum, a hot room, the calidarium, a hot bath, the trepidarium, a tepid room and the frigidarium, a cold bath.

The baths were often-connected to the Gymnasium, where games and exercise took place. In the laconium people went to sweat, and to clean skin with oils, while, at the and, they plunged into the frigidarium to strengthen their body. Thanks to the State and to private funds, admission was usually free or very cheap.

Thermae dell'Indirizzo: Via San Calogero. T 095-7150508. Visit: on request.

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