This onetime cliffside pirate lookout comes to us from the Aragonese, but its prime location was certainly exploited by the Romans. It was Julius Caesar (although some argue it was Emperor Nero) who had his summer villa on this seaside hilltop. The stunning vistas from the castle’s rooftop terraces – Capri, Ischia, Procida and the Bay of Pozzuoli – are definitely worth the trip.
History buffs will love Baia Castle too. The Campi Flegrei Archaeological Museum is resident here, giving shelter to archaeological finds from the area, mainly from Greek Cuma and Roman Baia, Miseno and Pozzuoli. Cutbacks in recent years have caused the closing of some of the museum’s exhibits and last entry to the castle and museum is at 1:00, nevertheless, it’s still worth a visit.
For a different view of the castle, you can spend the day at a bathing beach at the base of the castle, La Spiaggia del Castello di Baia, whose only access is by sea.