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France778 contributions
Aug 2020
Baia was a Roman seaside samll town, which was appreciated by aristocrats of the Naples area for its spa establishment
In the Archaeological Park of Baia, we saw the remains of patrician residences and thermal establishments, which were built in the 2nd century. Before JC. We have learned that the phenomena of bradyseism resulted in slow engulfing of piers, villas and buildings between the 3rd and 5th centuries after JC.
We visited discovered this archaeological complex, which is divided into 5 sectors: the Complexe des Terrasses or the Ambulatio, the Thermes de Mercure (which is a large thermal room with a domed roof), the Lower Thermes, the Thermes de Sosandre and the Baths of Venus.
It was an interesting visit!
We were amazed to see a fig tree growing upside down, from the vault of a Roman remains. It was the highlight of the visit!!!
Written May 11, 2021
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Rome, Italy70 contributions
Aug 2020
If you love history, archeology or just are curious about Ancient Rome this site is fantastic. You get a real picture of why the area originally Greek, was so prized for the romans and emperors as a zone to relax in the healing waters of the zone enjoying the spectacular views of the bay.

It’s also lovely to explore without experiencing lines or crowds. You may pass one or two along the but the experience is incredible.
But see it all and DON’T miss baths of mercury! That’s where the must beautiful site is (the indoor pool/ frigidarium)
Written August 30, 2020
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mara s
Southampton, UK2 contributions
May 2012 • Friends
I visited the Submerged Archaeological Park of Baia with my family - my daughter and I scuba dived while my wife and young son did snorkeling. We visited the Sunken Nymphaeum, a charming place that takes you back in history and has amazing Roman relics - statues, streets, pavements, ... - at a depth of 5 meters.

The diving center, Centro Sub Campi Flegrei, is an excellent facility with professional guides who speak numerous different languages​​. Their service also covered booking the hotel for us - La Tripergola is adjacent to the diving center and offers reductions when booking through them.

All the information we found on the dive center's website was very comprehensive - the only thing missing was their link to Trip Advisor but they are listed here!

If you are in Baia, this is an experience not to be missed! We would have loved to stay longer to see more!
Written June 13, 2012
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Portland, Australia99 contributions
Nov 2010 • Solo
My visit to Baia was made by public transport, and unfortunately I was given faulty advice by the Artecard office in Naples central train station. I had done some research before leaving Australia, but relied on local people for local knowledge!

As advised I went to Montesanto Metro and then walked the short distance along Via Olivetti to the modern surface train station also called Montesanto where a base station of a local funicular is located and also two trains depart that both go to the seaside at Torregaveta: the Ferrovia Cumana and Ferrovia Circumflegria.

Artecard office told me to take the train to Baia, and the map at Montesanto is confusing. Carefully checking my journey off at each stop on the Cumana line, the train bypassed Baia, and its next stop was Fusaro. Returning by train to Lucrino, I walked around the headland to Baia. The tunnels that originally took the line to Baia were barricaded, and judging by the bushes undergrowth in the railway cutting and the dangling overhead electrical insulators, I estimate the train has not run to Baia for at least 10 years.

But I assure readers, it is a healthy 30 minute walk in enjoyable scenery along the cliff-top road from Lucrino station to Baia.

My intention was to go on the glass-bottom boat "CYMBA" advertised on the internet, to see the ancient underwater town. Despite being at the boat for 2 of the appointed sailing times on a Sunday, there was nobody in attendance and "CYMBA" gently rose in the swell at the ancient harbour.

The ancient Roman town of Baia that sank into the sea due to bradyseism is fortunately a protected marine area, and properly organised underwater excursions are available, and a local business provides the service. The whole underwater archaeological park is controlled by a government agency but in collaboration with Citta della Scienza who have an interactive science museum in the western Naples suburb of Corologio.

There are several other points of interest in Baia and these have been mentioned by other travellers on this web-site. I visited the circular Temple of Venus, now roofless, adjacent to the waterfront, preserved as an archaeological ruin.

The Baia Tourist office (presumably the re-cycled Baia train station building) is most helpful and have colour photos taken by divers of the underwater buildings, columns and pavements of the ancient submerged town. I consider these photos better quality than I could have taken through a glass-bottom boat. Opposite the Baia Tourist office is the ancient circular Temple of Diana, with a partly collapsed roof.

To return to Naples I walked on the road across the hills behind and above Temple of Diana to Fusaro train station, where a train soon came going to Torregaveta. Then I could make the round trip on Ferrovia Circumflegria returning to Montesanto.
In this way, extending off the beaten track, being adventurous, and accepting small disappointments is enriching to a solo traveller, in a way no packaged coach/boat tour will provide.
Written October 31, 2011
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Jersey, Channel Islands2 contributions
Baia is a small inlet fishing village created by a volcanic eruption. Its approx 10 mins by car from Bacoli, or 30mins from Pozzuoli. This whole area is positively oozing history. Most of the houses are built into, or unfortunately on top of ruins. We stayed at the lovely recently constructed Batis guest house. It had basic, but newly furnished ensuite rooms with small balcony, plasma tv and fridge. There was a small bar and restaurant in-house. It could get a bit noisy because the restaurant had a court yard, and the noise could sometimes travel, but the staff were great and the restaurant food was lovely.

Batis guest house is ideally located for all the tourist attractions in the area. Located across road are the ruins of the temple of Venus, and the fishing port where there are 10 or so bars and restaurants, and this is also where the glass bottom boat departs into the shallow waters of the bay to view the submerged archaeological site of Baia.

We were right next door to the ruins of the Roman baths of Baia. It took us approximately 2 hours to walk around. Buy a good guide book or do your research online before you visit, they are not as liberal with their signs to explain what everything used to be.

20 mins walk from our guest house is Stufe di Nerone thermal spa, where you can have a real taste of how the Romans relaxed. Our guest house sorted out a discount to go here. Take flip-flops (you are not allowed to walk in bare feet or outdoor shoes), and if you wish to swim in the main thermal pool you will have to wear a cap. The indoor hot room, outdoor tepid and mud pools were great fun, and set within beatiful gardens. You could easily waste a couple of hours. There is also a cafe/restaurant on site.

The Archaeological Museum of Campi Flegrei and Aragonese Castle of Baia is also walking distance from the guest hosue. It can get a little hairy with the way the locals drive and the pavements are either non-existent or broken, but well worth a visit and the views from the top are beautiful. Again check with your hotel or guest house as there is a special ticket that will allow you entry to this castle, the Baia Roman baths, the ruins at Cuma and the Amphitheatre at Puzzuoli.

Baia is presently unspoilt by tourism, the area still has very much a local feel despite the many tourist attractions available. Be prepared to attempt to learn a few useful Italian phrases, and be careful of the opening hours of the shops and cafes, they tend to close from approx 2pm 'til 6pm, which can be a tad annoying when you feel the need for a bite to eat or a drink. We felt very safe here, and only once felt that we were being turned down in a restaurant for a table, on the basis that we could not speak fluently and they maybe didn't employee anyone who could speak English.
Written June 11, 2006
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London, UK217 contributions
Oct 2012 • Friends
This seems to be an infrequently visited site. It is an impressive place to walk around, in and amongst the ruins of how the Roman wealthy used to live - they describe the area as the 'Monte Carlo' of ancient Rome. We think it a wonderful discovery and we have visited twice, bringing friends. There are well-written (but technical) descriptions on placards in English and Italian. The walk starts at the top of the site. Make sure you get to the bottom for the Temple of Mercury, once the largest dome in the world, and the famous 'upside down' fig tree. Opening hours and days vary, so you will need to figure out a way of finding out in advance. The best place to start is at the Castello di Baia (about a mile away - you have to have a car for all this) which is open weekend mornings and where you buy a cheap ticket for both places. Apparently, at other times of the week save Mondays entry is free. If you are interested in exploring Roman ruins, you will be very impressed here.
Written October 30, 2012
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Adelaide, Australia5,904 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
Baia or Baiae, was a Roman city and one of the most fashionable resorts in the Roman Empire, a playground for the rich and famous. Nero and Julius Caesar both purchased a bit of real estate and built villas. Hadrian died here and supposedly, Cleopatra was staying in Baia when Julius Caesar was assassinated. It was here that Nero asked Mum to dinner, while plotting her murder. Baia’s therapeutic waters, is what drew people here and development started in 2nd century BC. Augustus continued construction with grand thermal baths and roads. His successors picked up where he left off, furthering Baia’s grandeur until it had become a large spa town. The summer residence for Emperors was also located here. Baia was devastated by Saracens in the 8th century, then deserted by 1500 due to malaria. Most of the city is now underwater in the Bay of Naples. This large complex of ruins covers three terraces.

The park contains remnants of a theatre, thermal rooms and pools, temples, shrines, shops, halls and villas. One of the most amazing structures, is the Temple of Mercury/Temple of Echo, (the acoustics are amazing), built 40BC. Measuring 21.5 metres in diameter, the dome with oculus, is apparently the oldest dome in the world and was the largest in the world before the Pantheon was built. It is not a temple at all, its true function is not known, it could have been a frigidarium or natatio. Amongst the ruins are fading frescoes, mosaic floors and statues. It is not hard to imagine what an amazing place this must have been, if only for its sheer size and to think, this is only a small portion. We spent 3 hours here and probably still didn’t see everything. No crowds, aside from a school group, there was virtually no-one else visiting.

The Park is closed Monday. Open 9am until one hour before sunset.

Fusaro train station is 750 metres from the park but be aware, Fusaro Station has no ticket office and no ticket machine, therefore any ticket needed would have to be purchased in advance.
Written July 5, 2016
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London, UK225 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
The city is not the best in the area, however in the harbour you have the possibility to do a borat trip with a glass hull boat, through which you can visit the underwater city. If you decide to go for this excursion, make sure that the sea is not rough.
Written June 17, 2014
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Pennsylvania232 contributions
Jun 2012 • Friends
The bath complex in this small town is worth seeing. Although parking is a bit of an issue, you can appreciate what wealthy Roman life was like as you walk through this huge area of bath and villa ruins. And as an added plus, no crowds even in the summer!
Written July 20, 2012
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Marielle E
Andorra la Vella Parish, Andorra25 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
The ruins of the Roman Baia colony are a hidden gem rarely visited by tourists. Yet, it is an impressive sight, both in size and nature. This would be a great place to take older children on 'archeological' hunts and to let them run loose without much worry. Baia stands out from other major ruin complexes like Pompeii and Herculanum because its original purpose was to be a huge 'terme' complex (like a modern spa) and a place of worship (there are several temples on sight). It is also half submerged by the sea so, while part of the ruins can be visited on foot, the other part can be seen underwater from a glass-bottom boat. The Baia ruins would make a fun activity before a trip to one of the neighbourhood's beaches.
Written July 29, 2014
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