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   The Archaeological Park of Baia

 

  • Lt. Blue - The Baths of Venus

  • Yellow - The Baths of Sosandra

  • Green - The Villa of the Ambulatio

  • Orange - The Baths of Mercury

A map of the Archeological Park of Baia - 33k

     In case you were thinking about touring the Archeological Park of Baia yourself... it's open from 9:00 am to 1 hour before sunset.  It is closed on Mondays.  The cost of admission is a paltry 4 euro.  Allow yourself about two or three hours to walk through the park.

     Baia ( The Baiae of ancient times ),  is named after Baios, the navigator of Odysseus, who died near the shores of Baia.  The city is located in the Campania region of southern Italy, on a hillside, towards the western end of the Bay of Naples.  Once, it was one of the most luxurious and fashionable resort areas in the Roman empire.  Prominent members of the Roman aristocracy, such as Julius Caesar, Nero and Gaius, had villas built there.

    I hope that you enjoy your tour of the archeological park.  If the material you find on the photo tour peaks your interest, I would suggest that you visit the Tour of Italy for the Financially Challenged's magazine, Palimpsest.  There you can read The Ancient Baths of Baia; Observations and Inferences. It is an academic paper based upon a visit to the Archeological park in Baia.

     This is the first image we saw as we entered the Archaeological Park at Baia. You can see the upper levels of  Three areas; the Baths of Venus, The Baths of Sosandra and the Villa of the Ambulatio. Panoramic view of the Archeological Park of Baia - 31k

Fresco of a woman 2nd C. AD - 6.7k

       Here is an example of a fresco that was, most likely done in the 2nd century AD  It can be found on one of the lower terraces  in the "Sosandra" area.  It has been exposed to the elements for nearly 1500 years. 
    This picture shows the remains of what I believe to have been a theater. It is located on the third terrace in the "Sosandra" area of the archaeological park. There is still much debate going on concerning the usage of this area.  Some feel that it was used as a theater, while others maintain that it was clearly used as a brothel.  You will have to make a trip to Baia in order to see for yourself.

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Theater or possibly a nymphaeum - 37k
 
 

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