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- Villa Poppaea
- Alt Name:
- Ancient Rome
- 0AD - 99AD
- Torre Annunziata
- Pompeii, Herculaneum,
Naples National Archeological Museum, Stabiae,
about Villa Poppaea
Villa Poppaea is a grand ancient Roman residence in the Oplontis site near Pompeii in Italy.
Dating back to the 1st century AD, Villa Poppaea was expanded in the Claudian era and was believed to have belonged to Poppaea Sabina, the second wife of the emperor Nero. However, when it was excavated, archeologists found no furnishings or bodies in Villa Poppaea, indicating that it was uninhabited in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted, shrouding it in mud and ash. Instead, on the day of the eruption, it is thought that Villa Poppaea was undergoing renovations to fix damage caused to it by frequent earthquakes in the area.
Today, Villa Poppaea sits in the modern town of Torre Annunziata and is the only part of the Oplontis site open to the public. Villa Poppaea is magnificent both in terms of its large size and because of the beautiful marble sculptures and frescos which it contains. Only the eastern part of Villa Poppaea is fully excavated, the western half lying under the modern city.
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Address: Villa Poppaea, Corner of Via Margherita di Savoia and Via Sepolcri, Ca
Phone: +39 081 8575331
By train from Naples and Sorrento, take the Circumvesuviana line to Torre Annunziata. By car, take Autostrada A3 to the Torre Annunziata exit.
Nov-March: 8:30am-5pm daily (last entry 3:30pm). Apr-Oct: 8:30am-7:30pm daily (last entry 6pm). Villa Poppaea is closed 1 January, 1 May and 25 December. Entry €11 or a 3 day pass that also allows access to Pompeii, Stabiae, Herculaneum, Boscoreale for €20.
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