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Herculaneum (Ercolano) Archaeological Site/Ruins

These forum baths contained separate sections for men and women. Here you can see most of the architectural aspects of thermae (baths): the apodyterium, or changing room, with partitioned shelves for depositing togas and a low podium to use as seating space while in line to use the facilities; a round frigidarium, or a cool pool; a tepidarium, a semi-heated room; and a calidarium, or heated room with pool. For more attractive mosaics, go around into the women's baths, which had no frigidarium. The heating system in the tepidarium was also different—no hot air piped through or under, only braziers. Note the small overhead cubbies in which bathers stored their belongings.

Archaeological Site/Ruins

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Ercolano, Campania  80056, Italy

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