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Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins

Via dei Sepolcri, Torre Annunziata, Italy
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural

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North East Coast
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174 reviews 174 reviews
82 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Poppy was firstly the mistress and then wife of Nero. This is her country villa but she, her year old daughter and husband were killed by the Praetorian Guard some ten years before the volcanic eruption. However, the villa is impressive, massive swimming pool, lovely courtyards, beautiful rooms etc and you wouldn't have wanted to be a slave or household... More 

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San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This place is a hidden gem!!! Unfortunately, there are not many tourists as Villa Poppea deserves! The insides of this place are much more preserved than interiors of buildings in Pompeii or Herculaneum. Villa Poppea shows the level or extravagance and luxury the emperor's family lived in, which are uncommon even in modern times. Amazing to visit!

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Dereham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We were recommended to go to the villa by the landlady of our B&B in Naples. It's a amazing villa, not as large as some of the other ancient sites but worth the train ride. You have to look twice at the wall murals, it really is difficult to believe that they are so old given the vivid colours. If... More 

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East Anglia
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15 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Villa Poppea is a lovely Roman gem, engulfed in the eruption that buried Pompeii and Herculaneum. Interesting to see an opulent Roman villa. The frescos are especially good. It is 10 min walk (signposted) from Torre Annunziata station on the Circumvesuviana (1 stop from Pompeii). We combined it with a trip to Herculaneum. Both are free to enter on a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The town of Oplontis was also destroyed by Vesuvius in August 79 AD. The Villa Poppaea (named from certain connections) is a large and great villa to walk through. We visited on Mon 8 Sept to find only a handful of people also there. This made for a delightful and leisurely tour, aided by the guide booklet and map a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This is quite simply a stunning site which combines well with a day trip to Herculaneum or Pompeii by the Circumvesuviana train from Naples or Sorrento. Although we visited on a hot summer's day in September there were only a couple of other people looking round so we virtually had the site to ourselves. It would merit at least an... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

I found this ruin fascinating! As much so as Herculaneum and Pompeii. It is a short walk from the station. Easy to find. There is more to see than I imagined. I was engrossed in the wall art particularly, and the enormous Roman swimming pool. It's hard not to try to imagine the villa as it would have been in... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

After stopping in a strange place, a strange train station, not knowing where it was, I discovered the mansion of Villa Poppea, wife of Nero Emperator. Never could I imagine that the the kind of pompeian house i was looking forward in Pompei, I would find it in Torre Annunziata-Oplontis. Astonishing! Really conservated frescos, an enormous mansion with all kinds... More 

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Munich, Bayern, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is a great Villa to visit. Lots of interesting frescos. You can get an idea on how the Roman aristocracy must have lived.

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North Tustin, CA
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Oplontis has been on my list for a few years and we were finally able to fit it in. We had a car - finding the site with phone gps was easy - parking a bit more of a challenge. We parked very nearby eventually and the car was fine. The site is amazing. Simple and not too large but... More 

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