The ancient Roman city submerged under the sea
Near the heart of Naples, the hamlet of Baia dominates the beautiful Gulf of Pozzuoli, guarding the secrets left by history, protected by the sea. This location has been a favourite destination of Roman aristocrats for centuries, since the Roman Republic. Villas and temples have made Baia a small jewel a few kilometres from Rome, but today you can only get a small taste of that luxury.
At the gates of the town centre, the remains of ancient imperial buildings and baths still stand, but most of the wonders lie below sea level. This “Pompeii swallowed up by the waters”, now a protected marine area, is part of the Underwater Archaeological Park of Baia. You can explore this place of rare beauty and fascination by boat, snorkelling or diving, on one of the many guided tours available. Just a few metres above the surface of the water, you can explore the remains of the domus, perfectly preserved precious mosaics, the submerged nymphaeum and the Villa a Protiro (Villa with Vestibule).
To learn more about the history of the ancient Roman city of Baia, you can tour the Aragonese Castle, on the outskirts of the town, home to the Archaeological Museum of Campi Flegrei.