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Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins, Torre Annunziata

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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.
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  • The excavations of Oplontis (Villa di Poppea), Unesco World Heritage, are located in the Centre of Torre Annunziata. Treasure trove of Roman times, are worth a visit for the beauty and the excellent state of preservation of the remains of the Villa of Poppaea Sabina, second wife of the Emperor Nero. Easily accessible by car from the motorway exit "Torre Annunziata South", near the site I found with discreet parking facilities. The flaw is represented by the total absence of map and guide book at the ticket office (we were advised to download it right now from the website) and indicative in the many billboards points of interest of the site, without a guide are less interesting than in presence of comprehensive explanations. Among the many rooms of the Villa, there was a lady who supposedly controlled the visitors and graciously provided an explanation to anyone who asks. Really a shame that a Unesco site, just as important, do not have a proper signage at least in two languages (Italian/English) as a guide. The ticket includes a visit to the nearby House of the vettii, which I recommend because it is very close (about 3 km) and, albeit only two halls, complete with many interesting exhibits about the eruption of Vesuvius and the rural life of these areas to the Roman era.
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  • Villa Oplonti was the villa of Empress Poppea, is very well preserved structure and frescoes. You can also see remnants of doors and Windows and the fabulous pool with its changing rooms. The structure of the villa is healthy so you can understand how they were laid out the Roman villas, with stately rooms, reception area, those for distinguished guests and those guests less illustrious, the indoor gardens, kitchens, warehouses and area of servanthood. You can take all the time you want to visit and it is really very beautiful and interesting.
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  • Ancient villa well preserved, it is said to have belonged to Poppaea Sabina, second wife of Nero, who used it for vacations. It is very wide, has preserved frescoes showing details of the period. There are many rooms, it feels like walking into a movie set in Roman times. It's indoors, can be seen even in the days of rain (as happened to us). We had a guide who pointed out many details. No I don't think it's the same thing.
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • The most amazing ruins and frescoes! I should keep it a secret! :-))