First century Romans relished their baths. These complexes were typically a place for social gathering. They were equipped with taverns, dining facilities and gardens. Most were richly decorated with ornate frescos, mosaics and statues. There were two public baths near the intersection of Vicolo della Regina and Via delle Scuole at the southern edge of town. The Palaestra Bath was fully operational. However, archeological evidence suggests the Sarno Baths shown here was being built at the time of the eruption.