A visit to the underwater ruins at Gaiola

Naples | 28th April 2014 | by Tabita Miotto


Emperor Augustus once had a villa by the sea. Then one day the land sunk, the sea came rushing in, and an exquisite underwater time capsule—a Roman pleasure palace of pillars, mosaics, and marble Venuses—was sealed up forever.

Built in a sinking volcano, the Gaiola ruins are a snapshot of Roman life set among subsurface vents, hidden caves, exotic fish and other aquatic wildlife.

The local Napolitanos like to keep to the ruins secret. But we get you exclusive access.

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