oplontiOplontis is located in the modern city of Torre Annunziata, 4 km far from Pompeii and 30 km from Sorrento.
The archeological site of Oplontis is one of the most important in Campania region. Oplontis during roman age was a suburban district of Pompeii destroyed by the eruption of 79 A.D. The main monument and the only one currently accessible at the Oplontis excavations, is the villa of Poppea, which has been listed as a “World Heritage” by UNESCO.
The villa probably belonged to Poppea Sabina, the second wife of the Emperor Nero.
The visit lasts about an hour and a half. The luxury villa extends in about 10.000 square meters. The decorations, mosaics and frescos are breathtaking most of them representing still life and trompel’oeil with architectural elements. There is a private thermal bath and a huge swimming pool in the garden.
Our visit can be combined with the “Antiquarium of Boscoreale” not far from Oplontis ruins. It is a small museum but very interesting for the several archeological finds from roman age linked with daily life in vesuvian area. Outside the museum you can see even some ruins of the so called “Villa Regina” a rustic villa of I century B.C.. The villa was used for agricultural activities and famous for several wine amphorae for the conservation of the must visible in the garden.