Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins, Torre Annunziata

The Villa Poppaea is an ancient Roman seaside villa situated between Naples and Sorrento, in southern Italy. It is also called the Villa Oplontis or 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 it is believed to have been used by his second 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.FrescoesLike many of the frescoes that were preserved due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, those decorating the walls of the Villa Poppaea are striking both in form and in color. Many of the frescoes are in the “Second Style” (also called the Architectural Style) of ancient Roman painting, dating to ca. 90-25 BCE as classified in 1899 by August Mau. Details include feigned architectural features such as trompe-l'œil windows, doors, and painted columns.
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  • 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 »
  • 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.
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  • After visiting the ruins of Pompeii that of Oplonti is an interesting stop in order to better understand how they lived the Pompeian tricks.
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  • Incredible. This site gives an excellent idea of an aristocratic Roman villa and a sobering illustration of the height of the lava flow that covered it. As well as examples of daily life it contains exquisite original murals. It can be explored within 90 minutes and is worth a stop, just three minutes walk from the Torre Annunziata station on the Naples-Sorrento line that also stops at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • Loved the ruins!! Well preserved and marked. Getting there was easy via public transport. Scammers all running their games right at the entrance ...just walk past them.
  • one of the best archeological site you can see. it’s not packed as Pompei, but in 1 site only you can admire all the best pictures. it’s cheap, and easy to reach. be aware they don’t take cards for entry tickets
  • A very beuatiful place. Small but offers much to see. Very impressive archeological site. Not so crowded with tourists yet. Parking - anywhere in the street of the town. Friendly personnel. Totally worth visiting.
  • Overlooked by many, this is a great place to admire Roman imperial architecture without many other tourists around.

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