A modern interpretation of party time by the Bay of Naples, from the 1980 film Caligula.
An excavated holiday villa in Herculaneum, buried along with Pompeii in the eruption of Vesuvio in AD 79. Wealthy Romans competed with one another in displays of extravagance, building pools filled with fish, elaborate gardens and private aqueducts.
Roman beach culture: Ancient nymphets sport prototype bikinis in a fresco from a villa in Sicily.
The ruins of the Villa Jovis on the island of Caprithe supposed "den of lechery" of the Emperor Tiberius, who retired here for fifteen years (it was rumored that he had teams of sprintriae, "adepts at unnatural practices," to rouse his flagging passions).
The Amalfi Coast, once dotted with Roman luxury villas (the view is from Il Sentiero degli Dei, the Trail of the Godsan ancient hiking route high in the mountains).
Spectacular cliffs of Capri. Tiberius was said to torture his victims at his villa, then fling them to their deaths down these precipices.