Discover an underwater Roman city
Once an ostentatious seaside resort for the super-rich of ancient Rome, Baiae now lies largely submerged under the Mediterranean Sea, where only scuba divers can discover its secrets
Located on the Gulf of Naples, the ancient city of Baiae was once a fashionable holiday resort that attracted wealthy patrons of Roman Italy.
From the 1st century BC onwards, it became a playground where the wealthy elite, including the likes of Julius Caesar, built villas and enjoyed the hedonistic lifestyle for which the city was famous.
Baiae was later abandoned and much of the lower part of the city was submerged following seismic activity, with many of the finest villas and public buildings lost to the sea.
If you are stepping ashore, there are substantial and impressive ruins in the archaeological park worth seeing, including bathhouses, temples and tombs, as well as the museum where finds from the sea are on display.
For those visiting the area on an Amalfi Coast yacht charter, Baiae is an ideal excursion, and if you have access to a glass-bottomed canoe on your yacht, then you can explore the ruins from above without getting wet.
In the protected Archaeological Marine Park of Baia, you will see intricate mosaic floors, statues still standing in their original positions and the layouts of grand villas.
However, the real treasures of Baiae are best explored under the surface.
Here, in the protected Archaeological Marine Park of Baia, you will see intricate mosaic floors, statues still standing in their original positions and the layouts of grand villas which once belonged to the rich and famous of ancient Roman society.
The ruins lie at depths between 5m and 13m, and are accessible to novice divers and snorkellers.
Exploring this 'Italian Atlantis' is sure to be a highlight of your yacht charter vacation in Italy. You can view and compare all superyachts for charter on the Amalfi Coast to take the first step towards planning your yacht vacation.