When Roman architect Lucius is criticized for his “outdated” thermae designs, he retreats to the local bath to collect his thoughts. All Lucius wants is to recapture the Rome of earlier days, when one could enjoy a relaxing bath without the pressure of merchants and roughhousing patrons. Slipping deeper into the warm water, Lucius is suddenly caught in the suction and dragged through the drainage at the bottom of the bath! He emerges coughing and sputtering amid a group of strange-looking foreigners with the most peculiar bathhouse customs... over 1,500 years in the future in modern-day Japan! His contemporaries wanted him to modernize, and so, borrowing the customs of these mysterious bath-loving people, Lucius opens what quickly becomes the most popular new bathhouse in Rome—Thermae Romae!
Thermae Romae won the 3rd Manga Taisho Award in 2010. A live-action film was released in Japan on April 28, 2012 and was that year's 2nd highest grossing domestic film.
Yen Press released the series in hardcover 2-in-1 omnibuses from November 20, 2012 to February 25, 2014.
The series was also published in Italian by Star Comics from October 22, 2011 to January 18, 2014 and live-action film was released in Italy by Tucker Film in 2014; and in Brazil by Jbc from August 2013 to March 2014.