This was a bathing complex called The Stabian Baths centering around a main bathing complex, an open pool and a gymnasium. There was a bathing suite section for men and a section for women because they were not allowed to bathe together. Bathing was an essential and important part of Roman life. People would meet friends to socialize and also to conduct business there. As seen in the walls of the bath are elaborate and colored frescoes or mural paintings scattered on the walls particularly of mythological legends.
This Roman baths were a precursor to exclusive country clubs, gentlemen’s, golf clubs, etc. that have arisen until our 21st century. Yes, I have enjoyed the amenities – comfort, entertainment, convenience, provided by a country club not as a member but as a guest.