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Seating Plan & Practical Advice when attending the Caracalla Opera in Rome

The ruins of the Baths of Caracalla concerts provide the perfect backdrop for operas and ballets every July and August season. As this is an open air venue, the season is limited to these two months only, with it being the first two weeks of July and the first week only of August. Outside of these dates Rome’s main opera house performs for the remaining months of the year. The opera schedule release dates can vary from August to November and is subject to the foundation finalising.

There are five levels of ticket category for the Caracalla Rome Opera and ballet, which make up the 3,500 seats. The best level is the Stall seats (purple on the schematic below), followed by Section A (blue), Section B (green), Section C (yellow) and a disabled section (red) for those needing extra mobility assistance.

All offer an unrestricted view of the stage, but whilst the Stall along with most of the Section A & B are on the ground, part of Section A and B, along with all of Section C are raised by several steps.

The Stall seats are behind the orchestra pit and located in the centre, so afford the best views of the stage and incredible sets, not to mention the unique backdrop! The Section A seats are ranged in a semi-circle behind and to the sides of the Stall, with Section B and C continuing behind each section.

All of the performances regardless of Caracalla opera or Caracalla ballet begin at 9 pm and you are expected to be in your seats at least 30 minutes prior to the start. Please note photo and video recording is not permitted.

We provide you with the e-vouchers for your Baths of Caracalla Rome opera experience, in your travel pack, which you must take to the Box Office on the night, to be exchanged for the tickets.

The dress code is smart/casual and denim is not permitted. Please note in July and August even late into the evening, the temperatures can still be in the late 20c, so we do not recommend suits and ties. As with any open-air venue, it is advised to bring a summer coat with a hood in case of wet weather.

Whilst usually the weather is very humid, if the rain does interfere with your performance, the Terme di Caracalla may delay the start of the performance by up to 2 hours in the hope of being able to go ahead. They will never cancel beforehand.

If after this time it is still impossible to start, then a full refund will be given by the Foundation on the day following when the performance was meant to take place.

However, if the performance begins but gets rained off, then whilst the Foundation would not refund you for the partial loss of the opera/ballet, we would refund you in full for the disappointment. Please note this is highly unlikely to not go ahead, but if the worse happens, than at least you are not left out of pocket by the experience.

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