Recommendation by Lemi
Luxurious villas where the rich and powerful went for a hedonistic weekend sounds a lot like an invention of this era. Baia was Ancient Rome’s own sin city that indulged its guests in all sorts of earthly pleasures. Steamy bathhouses and mosaic-clad pools dot the resort town. Influential people came for a good time, and legendary scandals followed their trails—what happens in Baia, stays in Baia. The volatile volcanic activity that fuelled the popular hot springs were also what caused its disappearance. Half of Baia slipped into the sea due to the earth’s vents, but statues and columns have remained unscathed. Peer into the shallow waters via a glass-bottom boat tour or suit up for a scuba-diving session (there are several in the area to choose from)!
Via Lucullo, 94, Bacoli Naples, Italy
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