The Beverly Hills or Notting Hill of the ancient Vesuvian area
Setting of the Villa of Poppea Sabina, the emperor Nero's second wife (and the inspiration for many legends and television fictions), the word Oplonti, in ancient times, referred to an urban area situated between Pompei and Ercolano, characterized by magnificent residential villas in the near vicinity which testified to the probable strong presence of Imperial Roman families. These extremely rich Imperial families, attracted by the magnificent climate, chose the coast and the nearby islands as ideal vacation and resting places. Many Imperial Roman buildings have been discovered in the area and they can be visited today. It is highly probable that Oplonti was a very chic neighbourhood, near the more central Pompei.
At the present time, the term Oplonti marks a series of discoveries situated in the present day city of Torre Annunziata. Among the residences discovered, besides the Villa of Poppea, is a small thermal building and an ancient country home, whose rich gold stores suggest that it was the property of a wealthy patrician family.
Villa of Poppea, is at the present time, the only one of these structures that can be visited. It is a splendid example of Roman residential building, imposing and monumental,with frescoes and decorations on the wall that leave the visitor breathless. The furnishings are equally beautiful, being mostly sculpture and Roman copies of old jewels of Greek art that embellish and adorn it. A décor that is fit for an empress and a clear indication for identifying the origins of the rich ambience of paintings, archaeological finds and classical proportions that can still be admired in the charming residences that many foreign aristocrats have created and re-invented along the coast.
Timetable and opening hours
From 8:30 until 17:00 (last entrance 15:30) from 1st November until 31st March. From 8:30 until 19:30 (18:00 last entrance) from 1st April until 31st October. Closed to the public 1st January, 1st May, 25st December.
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