THE LOST CITY OF BAIAE
Twenty meters below the surface in the bay of Naples, lies Baiae, still intact with its beautiful mosaic flooring and magnificent statues. Once, during the first century A.D, a popular luxury resort for the rich and famous of Rome, Baiae was favored for its warm and healing sulfur springs — a result of a large gas depot beneath the resort. As the gas depot emptied, the ground level also decreased over time. Eventually most parts of Baiae was swallowed by the sea.
WHAT HAPPENED AT BAIAE STAYED AT BAIAE...
The sea resort was known as a place of luxury and wealth, as well as for the hedonistic lifestyle of its inhabitants and guests. It has been described as a ”den of licentiousness and vice” and a ”vortex of luxury”. The social elite of Rome, including emperors such as Julius Caesar, Nero and Caligula frequented Baiae and had big mansions built for their convenience. They came to live out their fantasies, lusts and desirers, but also to escape the everyday life in Rome, filled with obligations and conventions.