The Telegraphe / Italy hunts for Emperor Caligula’s long-lost third pleasure ship, after reports of snagged fishing nets in Lake Nemi

Italian divers are to mount an expedition this week to try to find the long-lost remains of a ceremonial barge built on the orders of the Emperor Caligula 2,000 years ago.

Caligula, renowned as one of Rome’s most psychopathic and sadistic rulers, had enormous boats built so that he could take pleasure cruises on Lake Nemi, situated in a range of volcanic hills 20 miles outside Rome.

The remains of two such barges were found between 1928 and 1932 when the lake was partially drained on the orders of Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, who had heard of the legend of the lost boats.

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