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The underwater Archaeological Park of Baiae was instituted as a protected marine area (D.I.7.08.2002) under Article 114, Item 10 of Law No. 388 from 2000 by the Ministry of the Environment [Ministerio dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio] in agreement with the Ministries of Cultural Heritage and Activities, of Infrastructure and Transport, of Agriculture and Forestry [Ministeri per I Beni e le Attività Culturali, delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti, della Politiche Agircole e Forestali] and in collaboration with the Region of Campania. Both this park and the underwater Archaeological Park of Gaiola in the bay of Naples, also instituted under the same law, constitute a marine environment with significant historical, archaeological, environmental and cultural value.


The area of the underwater Archaeological Park of Baiae comprises the coastline of Bacoli and Pozzuoli stretching between the port of Baia’s southern-most pier (Omlin jetty) and Lido Augustus pier in Pozzuoli, and is divided into three reserves; total (A), general (B) and partial (C). Management of the Park has presently been entrusted to the Archaeological Authority of Naples and Caserta.


The principal objectives of the underwater Archaeological Park of Baiae are:

Ÿ       protection and environmental and archaeological enhancement, incorporating occupational opportunities;

Ÿ       dissemination of knowledge about marine biology and underwater archaeological heritage;

Ÿ       implementation of educational programmes to improve ecological, marine biological and archaeological awareness;

Ÿ       implementation of scientific research programmes to further increase knowledge of the area;

Ÿ       promotion of a compatible socio-economic development based upon traditional local activities, local residents and the businesses presently operating within the area.




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