Lost city of the Caesars, where the Roman super-rich built their mansions, was revealed after centuries underwater
THE sunken city of the Caesars, lost for centuries beneath the waves, has been revealed in stunning new photographs.
Baiae was the resort of choice for the Roman super-rich and became notorious for its sprawling mansions.
It was a place synonymous with luxury and wickedness, historians claim – a wine-soaked party town.
But as the centuries passed, much of it was lost to the sea as volcanic activity caused the coastline to retreat 400m inland.
Now the site in the Gulf of Naples, modern-day Italy, has been rediscovered and opened to divers – who found many treasures still intact.
Antonio Busiello, who lives in Naples, photographed the site and found that roads, walls, mosaics, and even statues had survived the ravages of time.
The 45-year-old said: “The beautiful mosaics, and the villas and temples that have reemerged or are still underwater show the opulence and wealth of this area.
“It was considered one of the most important Roman cities for centuries.
“Pliny the Younger used to live here and from here, across the gulf, he witnessed and described the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum.”
He added: “Diving here is like a dive into history, looking at ancient Roman ruins underwater is something hard to describe, a beautiful experience indeed.”
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In its heyday, Baiae was frequented by famous Romans including Julius Caesar, Nero, Pompey the Great, Marius, and Hadrian – who died there.
Among the sights now visible are the Pisoni and Protiro villas, where intricate white mosaics, as well as residential rooms, can be seen.
There’s also the Nymphaeum of Punta Epitaffio, where divers swim among the statues of Ulysses and his helmsman Baius, for whom Baiae was named.
In its heyday, Baiae was frequented by famous Romans including Julius Caesar, Nero, Pompey the Great, Marius, and Hadrian.