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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 location of the villa is odd as it was a luxury seaside villa in its prime but now it is to be found in a hole in the ground surrounded by poor quality housing. However once you go down and look a...  more »
  • On our first trip to Pompeii we missed this out, thank goodness we decided to go on our second trip, this is fantastic. A very grand single villa, this is as good as it gets for the Roman rich and fam...  more »
  • Don't know why I'm reviewing this magnificent Roman seaside villa, because it will be ruined if too many people know about it, (just look at Pompeii to know that)but if you promise not to let the cat ...  more »
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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!
  • 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.