The Bay of Naples

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  • 1. Casa dei Cervi

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    In antiquity, the Casa dei Cervi was one of the first houses that visitors to the town would have passed as they entered the city from the seaward...Read More

  • 2. Casa di Nettuno ed Anfitrite

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The ruin of this house takes its name from the mosaic in back that still sports its bright blue coloring and adorns the wall of the small, secluded...Read More

  • 3. Herculaneum Ruins

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Lying more than 50 feet below the present-day town of Ercolano, the ruins of Herculaneum are set among the acres of greenhouses that make this...Read More

  • 4. Museo Archeologico dei Campi Flegrei


    The Castle of Baia, which commands a 360-degree view eastward across the Bay of Pozzuoli and westward across the open Tyrrhenian, provides a...Read More

  • 5. Pompeii

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The site of Pompeii, the petrified memorial to Vesuvius's eruption in AD 79, is the largest, most accessible, and probably most famous excavation...Read More

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  • 6. Ad Cucumas

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The wall outside this ancient wine shop shows four jars ( cucumae ) of different colors and prices. Above the wine list is the god Sema Sancus...Read More

  • 7. Anfiteatro Flavio

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Despite the wear and tear of the millennia and the loss of masonry during the Middle Ages, this site is one of the Campi Flegrei area's Roman...Read More

  • 8. Antica Spiaggia

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Explore the ruins by the terrace of Marcus Nonius Balbus, where the town's great benefactor is buried, and the Suburban Baths (currently closed...Read More

  • 9. BaiaSommersa


    From the small modern-day port of Baia you can board a boat with glass panels on its lower deck and view part of the città sommersa, the underwater...Read More

  • 10. Casa del Tramezzo di Legno

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    An outstanding example of carbonized remains is found in the Casa del Tramezzo di Legno, as it has been prosaically labeled by archaeologists...Read More

  • 11. Cumae

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Allow at least two hours to soak up the ambience of the ruins of Cumae, founded by Greek colonists late in the 8th century BC. Centuries later...Read More

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  • 12. Lago d'Averno

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Regarded by the ancients as the doorway to the Underworld, the fabled lake was well known by the time the great poet Virgil settled here to...Read More

  • 13. Mt. Vesuvius


    Although Vesuvius's destructive powers are on hold, the threat of an eruption remains ever present. Seen from the other side of the Bay of Naples...Read More

  • 14. Museo Archeologico Virtuale (MAV)


    With dazzling "virtual" versions of Herculaneum's streets and squares and a multi-D simulation of Vesuvius erupting, Herculaneum's 1st-century...Read More

  • 15. Oplontis

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    For those overwhelmed by the throngs at Pompeii, a visit to the site of Oplontis offers a chance for contemplation and intellectual stimulation...Read More

  • 16. Palaestra

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    No town would have been complete without its sports facilities, and Herculaneum was no exception. Just opposite the thermopolium, on Cardo...Read More

  • 17. Parco Archeologico e Monumentale di Baia

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    In antiquity this whole area was the Palatium Baianum (the Palace of Baia), dedicated to otium (leisure) and the residence of emperors from...Read More

  • 18. Sacello degli Augustali

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This site was where the emperor was worshipped. The frescoes on the walls represent Hercules, the mythical founder of the town. A marble inscription...Read More

  • 19. Taverna di Priapo

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This thermopolium (a place where hot food and drinks were served, hence the Greek name) was connected to the home of the owner and had the...Read More

  • 20. Terme del Foro

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    These forum baths contained separate sections for men and women. Here you can see most of the architectural aspects of thermae (baths): the...Read More

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