Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins, Torre Annunziata

4.7
#1 of 8 in Things to do in Torre Annunziata
The Villa Poppaea is an ancient Roman seaside villa situated between Naples and Sorrento, in southern Italy. It is also referred to as the Villa Oplontis, or as Oplontis Villa A by modern archaeologists. The villa itself is a large structure situated in the ancient Roman town of Oplontis, about ten metres below modern ground level. Evidence suggests that it was owned by the Emperor Nero and believed to have been used by his second and rather notorious wife, Poppaea Sabina, as her main residence when she was not in Rome.House plan and constructionAccording to John R. Clarke in The Houses of Roman Italy, 100 B.C.-A.D. 250: Ritual, Space, and Decoration, the Villa Poppaea is best understood as a model on which many of the more modest city houses of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum were based (Clarke, 23). This grandiose maritime villa is characterized by “rituals of reception and leisure” through both its physical space and its decoration.Like many of the other houses in the area, the villa shows signs of remodeling, probably to repair damage from the earthquake in 62 CE. The oldest part of the house centers round the atrium and dates from the middle of 1st century BCE. During the remodeling, the house was extended to the east, with the addition of various reception and service rooms, gardens and a large swimming pool.Detailed information about the various phases of construction on the Villa Poppaea can be found in Stefano de Caro’s chapter in Ancient Roman Villa Gardens published by the Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium on the History of Landscape Architecture.
It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins and many more Torre Annunziata attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Torre Annunziata itinerary maker.
Source
Create an itinerary including Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
527 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • August 17, 2017
    Worth a visit. We drove but it's a ten minute walk from the station. Located in the back streets of suburban Napoli. Go later in the day it's quiet. The home of Nero's wife. Once extensive but now bur...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The villa is worth the trip from Naples as the recent (around al1960) brought to light part of the villa di Poppea has meant that it is preserved very well; a special mention to Barbara, precarious culture and passionate guide which allowed us to better appreciate the wonders that only we ... people full of artifacts, let partially unexplored because buried under roads and private homes.
    View original
  • August 7, 2017
    After visiting the ruins of Pompeii that of Oplonti is an interesting stop in order to better understand how they lived the Pompeian tricks.
    View original
Google
  • This was such a great find. Although it is small compared with Pompeii and Herculaneum, it is far more detailed and gives you a real sense of what each room was used for. There are some beautiful murals and it was hardly busy at all. We spent about an hour there and loved it. Highly recommended!
  • Very expansive Villa, quick and easy once you find someplace to park
  • Offers an unparalleled view of the rich ancients lived. Also stumbled across a cute kitten in the middle courtyard, bonus pics included.
  • A beautiful site, without all the tourists that you find in Pompei. The building is still very much intact, and the murals are marvellous. A recommandation to anyone, especially if you love archaeology.
  • One word. Amazing! We thoroughly enjoyed this experience and recommend if you are visiting Pompeii. If you skip this you have truly missed out.

Plan your trip to Torre Annunziata

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Torre Annunziata

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Province of Naples by other users

12 days in Italy & Barcelona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Italy BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Italy BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, teens, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Italy BY A USER FROM ROMANIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Italy BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE April, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in Pompeii & Naples BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Southern Italy BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Southern Italy BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 43 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Venice, Amalfi & Sorrento BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans