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ROMA, TERME DI CARACALLA
Not to be confused with Castelfusano - Circuito Ostiense - Roma (1912) - Roma, Colle Ferro - Roma, EUR F.1 (1985) - Roma, EUR F.1 (201x) - Roma, Grotta Perfetta - Roma, Monte Mario - Roma, Parioli / Valle Giulia - Roma, Pista del Littorio - Roma, Prenestino - Roma, Tre Fontane - Roma, Tre Monti - Torricola
Description  
Location Roma
RM - Roma - Lazio
Location Roma, Terme di Caracalla
Latitude - Longitude + 41°52'50"     + 12°29'37"
41.880556     12.493611
UTM Coordinates X = 292031.768  -  Y = 4639552.321  -  Zone 33T
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Portale Cartografico Nazionale  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Visual Pagine Gialle
Altitude AMSL 30 m - 98 ft
Inauguration 1945
Closing June 1st 1997
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian ForumForum --> Europe --> Italy --> ITA - Circuito di Roma (cittadino) Formula E (2014) [ITA]
(2) English forums.autosport.com (...)Autosport.com Bulletin Board --> The Nostalgia Forum --> A stroll around Caracalla (with Barry Boor’s photos)
(3) English www.maranello.cc/german/pirro/Galleries.Eventi/f50anni/Roma.Caracalla.htmPhotos of Ferrari event (1997)
(4) English www.milermeter.com/?r=5820030Track layout
(5) English www.milermeter.com/?r=5831236Track layout
(6) English www.milermeter.com/?r=5831255Track layout
(7) Italian Autosprint 13/1985 (page 18)In april second historical parade of Circuito di Caracalla
(8) Italian Autosprint 22/1997 (page 40)
(9) Italian www.corriereromano.it (...) [Publishing date: December 1st 2012]

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Terme di Caracalla
Description Street track used from 1945 to 1947 by motorbikes and 1947 to 1951 by cars. Here in 1947 Ferrari won its first race.
Years 1945÷1951
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Street course
Inauguration 1945
Closing 1951
Last update of this page February 25th 2013
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Viale delle Terme di Caracalla - Viale Guido Baccelli
length 3440  m 11286  ft 2.138  mi    
length 3420  m 11222  ft 2.125  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (5)

Terme di Caracalla
Description Street circuit used only on June 1st 1997 for a parade for celebrate 50 years later the first Ferrari victory. It partially traces the old Terme di Caracalla circuit.
Years 1997
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Demo/parade circuit
Inauguration June 1st 1997
Closing June 1st 1997
Last update of this page February 25th 2013
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Viale delle Terme di Caracalla - Piazza di Porta Capena - Via Dei Cerchi - Via del Circo Massimo - Piazza di Porta Capena - Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
length 3041  m 9978  ft 1.89  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (6)

Formula E
Description At the end of 2012, Rome was proposed as the venue for a Formula E (Electrically powered single seater cars world championship) in 2014. This is one of the proposed circuit, together with the EUR F.1 proposal not developed.
Years  
Direction  
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Street course
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page February 25th 2013
Info last update December 1st 2012
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2449  m 8035  ft 1.522  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*) (4)

Roma, Terme di Caracalla: comparison between layouts

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Roma - Terme di Caracalla 1947

Roma - Terme di Caracalla 1947

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Roma - Terme di Caracalla 1997

Roma - Terme di Caracalla 1997

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Roma, Terme di Caracalla: proposal for Formula E 2014 event

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Location: + 41°52'50", + 12°29'37"
If the aerial photo is not visible, you have to zoom out by clicking (maybe more then once) button ’-’ in top left corner

PHOTOS

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Photos already posted on Atlas F.1 - The Nostalgia Forum and here published with author’s permission. Comments by Barry Boor slighty modified; Italian translation is mine
On the map you see above, you will find red numbers (denoting the corners) and black letters with little arrows by them (referring to the images and the direction that I was looking at the time).
Sorry about the missing section (I must go back sometime!!!) I hope this gives a taste of what must have been a very interesting and exciting place to run a motor race.

Photos by Barry Boor - June 2003
Click on thumbnail to open original large photo

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Taken looking down towards turn 1, from roughly where I imagine the start/finish line would have been.
B
The apex of turn 1 - a hairpin. Just 100 metres to my left was the Circus Maximus.
C
Looking back towards turn 1 from the inside of the circuit.
D
Looking back from just before turn 2, again from the inside.

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Looking back from the entrance to turn 2.
F
Brother-in-Law Mick is standing on the apex of turn 2.
G
The exit of turn 2 looking towards turn 3.
H
Looking back towards turn 2 from the outside of 3. Just right of centre you can see the gap which is turn 2.

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In this area I have a feeling that the road may have been changed since 1949! I confess to having modified the track map to look as it does now. The original from Darren’s site has a curve where this section is straight, but I found no evidence of it. This image shows the approach to turn 4, which turns right just after the blue and white cubicles which I suspect were NOT there in the late 40s!
J
Looking back towards turn 3 from the entrance to turn 4
K
Looking back towards the exit of turn 4. This is the prettiest section of the circuit.

I spotted these in the vicinity of images 11 & 13 - I get the feeling that way back in the 40s, the circuit, or at least parts of it, may have been surfaced like this!

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Looking uphill through the wooded section before turn 5.
N
Just before the right-hander at turn 5.
O
Looking back down from the opposite side of the road to where photo 14 was taken.
P
From the outside of turn 5 looking up the road towards turn 6.

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R
Looking back towards turn 5 about half way to 6.
S
Taken from what would have been around the braking area for turn 6 - another 180 degree hairpin.
T
Looking across the apex of the top hairpin, turn 6
U
Looking back across the same corner from the other side of the road.

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Leaving the hairpin
W
Further down the same section with the exit of turn 5 becoming visible through the trees to the left.
X
The nearest thing to a chicane on this track. Turn 5 is immediately to the left.
Y
Looking back at the left hand part of this little left/right.

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Looking back at the same corner but from further down the road. The exit of turn 5 is on the right.
AA
Heading down the straight towards turn 7.
BB
Looking back down the same section.
CC
Still looking the wrong way, unfortunately but this is the braking area for turn 7.

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The last few metres before the turn in to turn 7.
EE
The apex of turn 7
FF
And just to prove the point, there are the arches of the city walls in the background.
GG
This is looking away from turn 7 in the direction of turn 8.

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HH
This is the apex of turn 8.
JJ
This is a picture that requires careful explanation. What you are looking at is turn 4, (the road coming down on the right of centre) - while I am standing around where the entry to turn 8 must have been. As you can see, there is more than one section of road running up the hill to the left. Clearly this section of road has been widened considerably as the years have passed and so it is somewhat difficult to determine exactly which piece of road follows the old race circuit the closest. I would like to think that maybe it is the narrow section in the centre but probably more likely is that it was somewhere around the line of the very wide piece of road to the far left. Although the 2 branches of the track appear to be very close together, they do diverge further up, as you can see from the map.
KK
This picture is similar to the one immediately above, but taken from nearer turn 4.
 


Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
February 25th 2013     Guido de Carli Peer Risch Peer Risch Update Description with map
February 15th 2013 Formula E   Guido de Carli   svestidello Update Description
May 14th 2004 Terme di Caracalla 1945÷1951 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Map
May 14th 2004 Terme di Caracalla 1997 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   Update Map
September 12th 2003 Terme di Caracalla 1945÷1951 Guido de Carli     New Photos (on this site)
August 9th 2003 Terme di Caracalla 1997 Guido de Carli     Update Description
July 2nd 2003 Terme di Caracalla 1945÷1951 Guido de Carli     New Description
June 4th 2003 Terme di Caracalla 1997 Guido de Carli     Update Description
Not all eventual updates issued in last years are already visible in this list

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