About 7km west of Pozzuoli, Baia takes its name from Baios, a shipmate of Ulysses who died and was buried here. An upmarket Roman holiday resort, it acquired something of a reputation as a sordid centre of sex and sin. Today much of the ancient town is under water (bradeyism again) and modern development has left what is effectively a built-up, ugly and uninspiring coastal road. It does, however, boast a dramatic castle that is home to the area's best archaeological museum.

A further 4km south sits the sleepy fishing town of Bacoli, where you'll find the magical Piscina Mirabilis.


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