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Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins

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Oplonti Villa di Poppea Ruins

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Via dei Sepolcri, 80058 Torre Annunziata Italy
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PRIVATE POMPEII RUINS lunch and wine farm experience
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PRIVATE POMPEII RUINS lunch and wine farm experience

Just relax in a deluxe air-conditioned minivan, supplied with wi-fi and cold water, and enjoy the fascinating commentaries of your local guide from Naples or Sorrento <br><br>This tour proposes to visit one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.<br>Live a fascinating journey into the past while visiting the excavated ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii and see with your eyes amazing houses decorated with beautiful frescos and mosaics buried by the Vulcano in the 79 a.d. <br><br>For your lunch and relax, the day tour includes the option of visiting a local farm on the sloop of the Vulcano, that produce the famous wine Lacrima Christy and serve some great local food.
US$166.07 per adult
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CalBristol wrote a review Oct 2020
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom1890 contributions407 helpful votes
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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!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Nlm K wrote a review Dec 2019
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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.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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eyedoc1974 wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom22 contributions22 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Sharon M wrote a review Oct 2019
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No crowds, easy walk from train station. Purchased tickets on site were pretty much alone to enjoy the ruins. The Frescos were the best.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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bennybear wrote a review Oct 2019
Calgary, Canada723 contributions200 helpful votes
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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!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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