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Villa Oplontis: Our most recommended tours and activities

Torre Annunziata: Oplontis Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

1. Torre Annunziata: Oplontis Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

The Oplontis ruins are located in the center of the modern city of Torre Annunziata. The name Oplontis is attested only in the Tabula Peutingeriana, a medieval copy of an ancient map of Italian roads in the Roman Empire, in which Oplontis indicates some structures located between Pompeii and Herculaneum. The main monument, the only one that can be visited, is the villa of Poppaea, built in the mid-1st century B.C., was enlarged in the imperial age, and was already being restored at the time of the eruption. Its ownership is attributed to Poppaea Sabina, second wife of Emperor Nero, but in any case belonging to the imperial family estate. We will provide you with a handy audio guide to download directly to your cell phone and the priority entrance ticket to enjoy the beauty of the excavations to the fullest and in full autonomy. You will be contacted by our team to download the smart audio guide.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

2. Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

Experience an unforgettable shore excursion from Naples including a group tour in Pompeii and Herculaneum led by an expert Archaeologist guide. See the major highlights. First, get picked up from Naples Central Station. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to Pompeii in a modern minivan with a maximum of 8 people. When you arrive, benefit from skip-the-line entry and then take a pleasant walk around the ancient Roman city with an archaeologist in a small group up to 20 people. Learn about how the area was buried by the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.  As you walk, learn about the history of the town and how the Romans lived. See all the most important public buildings and private houses on a 2-hour walk. Highlights include the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the Forum Baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the Bakery, the House of Faun, the Termopolium Capuano, the House of Tragic Poet, and the plaster casts. Then, after a 1-hour lunch in downtown Pompeii, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to Herculaneum for another 2-hour guided tour. Once again, enter with skip-the-line tickets, and see how Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii. See how whilst Pompeii was covered by 4 to 5 meters of ashes, Herculaneum was buried under a landslide of 20-meter deep mud. During the tour, discover carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings, and mosaics which are still preserved. Highlights include the Temple of the Augustali, the beach where more than 300 skeletons were found, the Thermal Baths, the Forum, the Samnite House, the Gymnasium, the House of the Dears, and much more. Finally, get dropped off back at the train station in time for your onward departure.

From Naples: Day Trip to Pompeii

3. From Naples: Day Trip to Pompeii

Climb aboard the shuttle bus service on Piazza del Gesù Nuovo in the historical center of Naples, and then travel in comfort to the archaeological site of Pompeii. Get dropped off at the main entrance and save precious time with your priority entrance ticket. Travel back in time and imagine life during the days of the Roman Empire as you stroll along cobblestone streets built over 2,000 years ago. See the miraculous remains of the shops, temples and theaters that were covered in lava and ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Marvel at the mosaic tiles of the luxury villas of rich merchants who made their fortune in the prosperous city. See the remains of the House of the Faun and get an insight into how the citizens kept themselves entertained as you discover a brothel, public baths and much more. 

Torre Annunziata: Villa Poppea Smartphone Audio Guide

4. Torre Annunziata: Villa Poppea Smartphone Audio Guide

A number of Latin authors, including Martial and Pliny, affirmed that the well-being of the soul and the body should be sought after in places away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The ideal place was identified with the suburban villa, which is an architectural complex away from the urban centre; a place intended for practising otium, which means contemplation and study. We are about to visit a wonderful villa reserved for otium. It was built overlooking the sea in the ancient city of Oplontis, rich in rooms, gardens and unique frescoes. Before the eruption, the villa overlooked the gulf which is almost 500 meters from us now. While crossing the frescoed halls and walking by the pool, we will imagine we can still feel the breeze and the scent of the sea. The villa is called Poppea's Villa since the discovery on this site of an amphora featuring an inscription that refers to Poppea Sabina's family. She was a beautiful woman and Emperor Nero's second wife. The villa was buried following the volcanic eruption in 79 AD, while it probably was under renovation or expansion works - which were frequent in its 150 years of existence. Poppea's Villa was partly excavated during the excavations of Pompeii carried out in the Bourbon age, but only in 1964 systematic excavations and studies of the area started.

From Naples: Private City Escape to the Amalfi Coast

5. From Naples: Private City Escape to the Amalfi Coast

Step outside Naples and admire the views as you drive to the beautiful Amalfi Coast on a private day trip. Make stops along the way to visit classic spots like the Positano, Villa Oplonti, and Amalfi. Get a fuller, more extensive experience by exploring the country you are visiting and discovering beautiful cultural gems. It's not your typical day trip. All you have to do is sit back enjoy the ride. Your knowledgeable guide will get you all the interesting insights and stories from a local perspective.

Campania: Full Campania Felix Self-Guided Audio Tours

6. Campania: Full Campania Felix Self-Guided Audio Tours

You will be completely free to use the audio guides right after the purchase starting to listen the contents and design into detail the points of interest you will see. Using your own smartphone you'll sure that the device is sanitized : it's yours! The app will help you to reach the point of interest thanks to maps and geo localization. More complex points of interest for example Big Domus in Pompeii and Herculaneum Ruins ( like one of Menandro, House of Cervi, etc..) or big collection into the MANN ( like Farnese collection, Egypt collection , etc..) , are splitted in several sections to ensure you are always well linked to what you are watching. For each doubt or issue about using the ITGUIDES app , a whatsapp contact is provided on the app to give you the right support.

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What people are saying about Villa Oplontis

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 39 reviews

We did the Pompeii and Herculaneum tour by Askos Tours. Michael was an excellent guide! He spoke perfect English, was so knowledgeable, and was super friendly and patient with all our questions. Askos also provided a minivan that made getting from Napoli Centrale to both locations a breeze, and the driver Roberto was friendly and punctual. Highly recommend!

Francesco and Vincenzo were absolutely wonderful! We had an incredible time on our tour, also Francesco's soundtrack in the car was a total vibe. Vincenzo was incredibly knowledgeable and a great guide to both sites! we would definitely book with these guys again, and highly recommend anyone do so!

Great tour with Vincenzo. We enjoyed both archeological sites and were glad we could see them both before leaving Italy. Tour was laid out well and you get an hour break in between the two sites to eat lunch.

From our warm welcome from Roberto to the very interesting tour, this is a fabulous day spent exploring. Miguel was knowledgeable and gave us great insight into these archeological treasures

Very well organised and informative tour. Highly recommend.