Explore Oplontis (near Pompeii) with an archaeologist
- 2 Hours s
- Maximum Allowed Per Booking: 15
Pompeii, the open-air marvel that attracts millions of visitors every year is certainly the best-known archaeological site in the world. But among the Vesuvian cities buried by the dramatic eruption of 79 AD, Oplontis is probably the one that offers the most significant monumental evidence in the Pompeian suburb.
What characterizes Oplontis is the presence of two monumental buildings for different purposes: Villa A (the so-called villa of Poppea), a great and luxurious residential complex, and Villa B (of L. Crassius Tertius, currently not open to the public), a small farm whose activity was centered on the processing of land products, especially wine and oil.
Thanks to Zest Travel, and to an accurate private tour of a town by the side of the more famous Pompeii, you will be able to discover wonders that go alongside the more beaten tourist path.
Let’s go step by step: the Villa of Poppea is a large residential villa, not entirely brought to light, dating back to the mid-1st century BC. and expanded in the early imperial age. In ancient times the villa overlooked the sea in a panoramic position and was equipped with splendid decorations of which exceptional evidence is preserved. It could have belonged to Poppaea Sabina, second wife of the emperor Nero, or to the patrimony of his family. At the time of the eruption, the building must have been largely uninhabited due to work in progress, perhaps started as a result of seismic damage in 63 AD.
The villa of Lucius Crassius, named after the last owner, develops around a central space surrounded by a double order colonnade in gray tuff, completely rebuilt by relocating the original drums of the columns and their capitals. Numerous wine amphorae were found on site, as well as a large quantity of gold and silver coins and many jewels of extremely fine workmanship.
In short, take the opportunity to visit a treasure hidden from most that will unfold before your eyes in all its beauty. All you have to do is contact us!
2 Hours s
1 - 15
English, French, German, Italian
- Admire the fancy frescoed rooms
- A private guide will be ready to answer all your questions
- Discover a perfectly preserved Roman elite villa
- Expert archaeologist guide
- Private tour
Day 1 - The splendour of Oplontis - a gem not to be missed
The private tour will give you the opportunity to have an expert guide at your exclusive disposal. You will have total freedom in choosing the departure time and language.
Contact us for special needs (timetables or languages not available among those proposed, or to change the itinerary): we will be happy to customize the visit according to your requests.
Where the town of Torre Annunziata stands today there once stood the ancient city of Oplontis, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. and now, together with Herculaneum and Pompeii, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a suburban area not far from Pompeii and was administrated by the larger town.
What particularly distinguishes Oplontis is the presence of two large buildings that had different uses: Villa di Poppea was a residential building, while the main activity of the Villa of Lucius Crassius Tertius was to process the produce of the land.
Oplontis is a delightful, not to be missed gem: a piece of history well worth visiting to experience a world whose life was abruptly interrupted in just a single day.
we will visit:
Villa A, Villa di Poppea, the Summer garden, Outdoor swimming pool, Triclinium, Atrium, Monumental frescoes, Permanent exhibition of findings.
The visit of Oplontis takes place in any case, therefore we recommend clothing suitable for the weather conditions. The visit is canceled only if the authorities decide to close the site due to severe weather conditions.
Our tours are designed to give you maximum comfort and safety.
Is it possible to do the tour with a weelchair?
No, the visit is not suitable for people with mobility issues, physical conditions or wheelchair users.
I arrive in Oplontis with my luggage, is there a place where I can leave it during the visit?
Once you arrive at the meeting point there is no real luggage storage. Please notify us in advance.
Can I bring my dog with me?
Only medium and small sized dogs (up to 10 kg) are allowed in the site. Pets must be on a leash and held in the arms inside the buildings.
I will arrive by car, where can I live it?
If you arrive in Oplontis by car, you will have to leave it in paid parking spaces along the road.
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