Ancient Roman Baths of Fordongianus

“Nulla di quanto ci circonda sarebbe ciò che è se Roma non fosse esistita”
(La civiltà dell’antica Roma – Pierre Grimal)

The imperial bath complex is on the right side of the Tirso river, near the area where once there was Forum Traiani city. It is made up of two buildings. The first building dates back to the 1st century A.D. and it was used for therapeutic purposes. Its water was provided from the hot spring, which still works and whose temperature is 54°. This building was originally built through the employment of blocks of trachyte (opus quadratum); however, during the centuries, it has been modified. 

The main structure is the natatio, a rectangular pool, once covered by a barrel vault in whose southern area contains a portico. It is surrounded by other tanks and historical buildings, such as the Ninfeo (it contains an inscription dedicated to the nymphs, female deities associated with water). The second building (3rd century A.D.), linked to the first one through a staircase, was built through the employment of the opus vittatum mixtum construction technique. 

Here people could take care of their bodies. It was artificially heated, with different facilities with a wide range of temperatures, so that the body could benefit from the change of hot and cold. These facilities were called frigidariumtepidarium and calidarium. 

Through this you can access to a large lot, surrounded by other facilities called tabernae (refreshing places) with a frescoed room. On the top of this complex, you can see wells and cisterns supplied by the Roman aqueduct, which provided water to the facilities. 

Video of the Ancient Roman Baths of Fordongianus

Simula la visita alle Antiche Terme Romane grazie al video realizzato dalla Regione Sardegna con il progetto Virtual Archaelogy

Opening and visit times

from 1st February


Morning: from 09.30am to 13.00am
Afternoon: from 15.00pm to 17.40pm

Ticket Office


4Daily ticket
  • The cost includes a visit to the Aragonese House

Groups - minimum 20 people

3Daily ticket
  • The cost includes a visit to the Aragonese House

Reduced ticket - from 6 to 14 years

2Daily ticket
  • The cost includes a visit to the Aragonese House

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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, the story is always beautiful, and I am happy to have visited this wonderful place.

Luogo da non perdere unico..

Visitare le terme di Fordongianus è fare un tuffo nel passato dell’antica Ichnusa e immergersi nelle sue acque calde rivela segreti che solo chi lo prova sa di cosa parlo. Non si può visitare la Sardegna senza fare un salto a Forumtraiani.. bellissimo ricco di storia di sculture e dall’architettura che rapisce.

Alberto D., TripAdvisor

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Fantastico posto,unico è inimmaginabile. Eccellente la guida è assai disponibile. Chiara nell’esporre, gentile e colta, pronta ad ascoltare ogni curiosità e a rispondere con competenza!

Pier Emilio Flara, TripAdvisor