Monumental semicircular room discovered in the Archaeological Park of the Baths of Baia


On the highest terrace of the Villa of Ambulatio in the Archaeological Park of the Baths of Baia, a monumental semicircular room more than ten meters wide has been discovered.

In the Archaeological Park of the Baths of Baia, on the highest terrace of the Villa dell’Ambulatio, an unprecedented semicircular monumental room more than ten meters wide has been discovered thanks to the latest work in the park.

Traces of the luxurious marble decoration can be glimpsed in the floors and on the walls, also present in the two quadrangular compartments flanking the apsidal space. A service corridor runs behind the compartments, functional for servants on reception occasions-a certainly prestigious setting at the apex of the many terraces that make up the complex.

The area had probably been seen, at least in part, as evidenced by some archival floor plans and early twentieth-century photos. However, it has disappeared from all published publications and seems not to have been fully investigated.

On the socials of the Archaeological Park of the Baths of Baia we read that “there is much work still to be done, such as in the vaulted rooms immediately below, which are still completely buried and that more data, as soon as they are investigated, will be able to tell us about the history of this monument.” “We can only thank the Clean Service company that, with its operators, has become as passionate as we are about this exciting investigation,” they conclude.

“A huge job being done by the Campi Flegrei Archaeological Park,” Bacoli Mayor Josi Della Ragione wrote on social media. “I thank director Fabio Pagano for what he is doing to enhance this huge heritage. A really exciting investigation.”

Monumental semicircular room discovered in the Archaeological Park of the Baths of Baia
Monumental semicircular room discovered in the Archaeological Park of the Baths of Baia