Villa di Poppea

Villa di Poppea, Torre Annunziata

Villa di Poppea
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Marco de Boer
Lecce, Italy112 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
A true must see which is a little of the beaten path. You need a car to get there and there are little excursions to the villa. I advice to go prepared and have watched some art history videos on YouTube. It will make so much more sense.
The second, third and fourth style Roman frescos are just amazing. Don’t miss the carbonised wooden window panels, theu are unique.
Written September 20, 2021
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CalBristol
Weston super Mare, UK1,988 contributions
Sep 2020
Torre Annunziata is a somewhat unattractive town to the south of Naples which was, in Roman times, an up-market seafront suburb under the administrative control of Pompeii. Excavations began in the 18th century and revealed two palatial villas, of which only this villa is open to the public.
The pay desk only accepts cash and they had no plan of the site or guide book. (There was someone hanging about at the entrance who offered to give me a personal guided tour but his price was very high for one person and I don't know if he had any official status!)
The villa is large and gives you a very good idea of what a magnificent villa of this period would have been like. My guide book said that the Villa Oplontis was an example of an "otium" villa - a residential building used for rest and recreation and was thought to have belonged to Sabina Poppaea, the second wife of Nero. The wall paintings are excellent with vibrant colours even after 2,000 years! The mosaics are very good and the rooms are quite large, with gardens and courtyards with fountains, a baths complex and a surprisingly small kitchen! There is also a very large outdoor swimming pool. I was the only visitor to the site and found that an hour and a half was more than adequate.
Just up the road from the site is a small grocers shop; they have guidebooks to the site for sale and a small selection of souvenirs - they also do excellent snacks and pastries!
The town is easily reached by the Circumvesuviana Railway - keep your eye open for the rather small direction signs to the site!
Written October 23, 2020
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Nlm K
11 contributions
Dec 2019
One and a half hours was just enough time to explore the well preserved remains of this spacious and palatial villa. The frescoes are beautiful, visiting here two thousand years ago must have been spectacular. Thank goodness for the free map! The villa is much larger than it first appears and you wouldn’t want to miss any of the reception rooms or the suite of baths.
Written December 12, 2019
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eyedoc1974
London, UK23 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
A really lovely villa, beautifully excavated and restored. Some lovely mosaics. It was quiet when we went and nearly had the place to ourselves which was perfect for the children to run around and explore - giving us time to stand and marvel.

They only take cash at the ticket office which was predictably irritating..

Well worth a visit though.
Written October 26, 2019
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Sharon M
410 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
No crowds, easy walk from train station. Purchased tickets on site were pretty much alone to enjoy the ruins. The Frescos were the best.
Written October 26, 2019
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bennybear
Calgary, Canada721 contributions
Oct 2019
Not sure how we missed this striking villa. Easy to get to from the circumvesuviana train at stop Torre Annunziata. A short walk to this stunning villa purported to be Nero’s wife’s. The swimming pool is sixty meters and the frescoes are colourful and in situ. Just go, you won’t regret this uncrowded site!
Written October 11, 2019
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Susan C
Barnard Castle, UK253 contributions
Sep 2019
We had researched this thoroughly before travelling on the Circumversuviana to Torre Annunziata, and downloaded the guide to a phone, as this had been advised by others, but we were given an excellent printed guide and map without asking – some other visitors were not. We were completely blown away by this site. There are so few visitors as it is a bit out of the way, and it is not accessible for those with mobility difficulties. The site was thus very peaceful. The state of preservation of the frescoes is amazing, and you can imagine the opulence of the villa when it was in use. Take your time and explore every nook and cranny. Such a contrast to the massed hordes of Pompeii and well worth seeking out.
Written October 7, 2019
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oktrip
uk41 contributions
Sep 2019
It was very hot, heat warning so thought Pompei/Herculaneum was not a good idea, no shade, lots of people and this place had been recommended. So glad we went, you can walk in a villa, get up close to the frescos. Loved it.
Written September 14, 2019
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Carol P
Sorrento, Italy4 contributions
Aug 2019
We booked a small tour group for a shore excursion from a cruise and was very impressed with Clelia. We only had 7 in our group and didn’t have the issues of a large group. You can just join a group near the gates, but the small groups are much better. We were advised to catch a train from Naples on the metro rail, but beware of the large crowds in summer on the trains and the train stopped at every station. It was a better option to catch an organised transfer, but you learn travel tips by other people’s errors. You can barter with transport drivers at the ports and pay about 120 euro +/- 20 for the transfer split by 2-3 couples, instead of the metro at 4-5 euro each.
The entry to Pompeii is paid at the gate = 15 euro, a tour guide is essential.
The ruins are amazing and are very large to cover in 1 day. Hope this helps, cheers.
Written August 29, 2019
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Paul M
London, UK74 contributions
Aug 2019
This was such a find, more compact than Pompeii. It is well worth getting here early in the day as for us it was so quiet you could imagine the hustle and bustle of the villa in full roman swing... Be watchful for the nooks where there are some little gems that could be missed! Preserved wood still in the lava to wall painting that defy time, this was well worth the drive into the back streets of Torri Annunziata to find.
Written August 26, 2019
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