3 archaeological “tidbits” about Campania that you probably don’t know

Historical and archaeological heritage of Campania

In Campania there is perhaps the most famous archaeological site in the world, Pompeii Ruins, and every corner of the region is full of museums, unique sites, ancient buildings and traces of an ancient past that in few other places on the planet has left its footsteps so generously. That’s why it’s very easy to find online a thousand in-depth descriptions of the historical and archaeological heritage of Campania, and the tourist has a lot of choices (maybe too many!) to read up and identify the path that interests him most.

After years of sailing around the Campania coasts, our team has selected three “curiosities” that very few people know, perfect for anyone who can’t resist the temptation to learn more about the history of the place!

There is a new path to the Submerged Park of Baia

Since 2002, the submerged archaeological park of Baia has been among the unmissable attractions for those who love snorkelling or diving, in addition to their passion for history and archaeology: its underwater statues, mosaics and submerged houses always remain among the unforgettable memories of every holiday. However, few people know that since July 2020 a new submerged block can be visited, still largely to be investigated. In the centre between the Nymphaeum of Claudius and the Villa of Pisoni, a spa complex has been found, probably part of a private residence: a complex on the seaside of the Lacus baianus, the basin near which the entire centre of Baia was located in Roman times.

There is a place where you can relive (safely) the earthquake that destroyed Pompeii

Although the stop at the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum is in every single tourist guide all over the world, not everyone knows that a few steps from the archaeological excavations of the ancient Herculaneum stands the MAV – Virtual Archaeological Museum – a centre of culture and technology applied to Cultural Heritage among the most avant-garde in Italy: in addition to the perfect 3D reconstructions of the houses of Pompeii, where you can enter as the original inhabitants once did, the bravest will be able to relive the moments of the most famous earthquake in history thanks to a room “4D” that … moves!

Paestum is famous for its temples, but …

The luckiest tourists visit Paestum during the opening days of the underground deposits of the Archaeological Museum: a casket of archaeological treasures never shown to the public, with hundreds of painted tombs from the IV and III centuries. BC, very precious proof of the presence of the Lucanians in Paestum. The deposits are open only a few days a year, for special initiatives and include the guidance of restorers and experts from the Archaeological Museum: all those who visit them are amazed by this extraordinary journey that reveals secrets unknown to most!

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