It’s no secret that Romans have always lived la dolce vita, adding a bit of fun and pampering to every occasion. The pausa, a moment of relaxation, is fundamental to the busy Roman day — whether that day involves the standard rush or a chaotic Vatican conclave morning. Hidden away in the medieval alleys of Rome’s Ghetto neighborhood, AcquaMadre, an ancient Rome-inspired hammam, provides the perfect pausa for your day — hectic or not.
A step back in time, AcquaMadre is designed in the style of an ancient Roman thermae (public bath), with exposed walls and vaults that reveal original ancient brick. In the hammam tradition, AcquaMadre offers rooms of varying temperatures. Guests move from the 96.8-Fahrenheit tepidarium, a heated open space of mosaic-tiled tables, benches, walls and floors, to the caldarium (hot sauna), and then on to the cool frigidarium bath — a process that encourages mind and body relaxation. The tearoom offers a final moment of quiet time and allows for private conversation.
For additional pampering, AcquaMadre provides a menu of delicious treatments and massages that employ ancient techniques and products, such as a full body green clay mask, Dead Sea salt scrubs, and Dead Sea mud treatment. At the end of your visit, you’ll feel as spoiled as an empress or as vibrant as an emperor, preferably Augustus.
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