Sunken City of Baiae – Beverly Hills of Ancient Rome
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Sunken City of Baiae – The Beverly Hills of the Ancient Roman Elite.
In the Bay of Naples, just a few miles from Pompeii and Vesuvius, lies one of the world’s most stunning archeological sites. This is the lost Roman city of Baiae. From the first century to the third century AD, it was the most exclusive spot in the Roman Empire.
It was a place of fantastic wealth, but the glitter and opulence hid a dark side. Rome’s elite came here to scheme and conspire, and it was the setting for one of the most sinister murder plots of the Roman age. Baiae played a pivotal role in the Roman Empire. Then, disaster struck. Half the city sank beneath the waves and lay forgotten for more than a thousand years.
Now, a team of archeologists is investigating every inch of the ruins. And new discoveries are helping to shed light on the lives of Rome’s elite.
Baiae was a mineral springs and coastal resort on the northwest shore of the Gulf of Naples in ancient Italy. It was fashionable for centuries during antiquity, particularly towards the end of the Roman Republic, when it was reckoned as superior to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Capri for the super-rich. It was notorious for its hedonistic offerings and the attendant rumors of corruption and scandal. It later formed part of Port Julius, the base of the western fleet of the Imperial Roman Navy. It was deserted and its ruins largely submerged by local volcanic activity by the time of the Renaissance. What is left of Baiae is now a frazione of the comune of Bacoli in the Campania region of Italy.