The Nemi shipwrecks

The Nemi ships were the lavish floating palaces constructed by emperor Caligula in the first century AD. They were richly constructed from marble and included mosaic floors as well as heating and bathing facilities. The ships sunk in Lake Nemi, a volcanic lake near Rome. The discovery of this wreck proved that the Romans were able to build much larger ships than previously thought. This archaeological find was able to confirm some of the written records that talked of huge lavishly decorated ships. Tragically, the recovered ships were destroyed by Nazi bombs during world war two.