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Visitor and background information for Oplontis and Villa Poppea.

Opening hours:

Villa Poppea is open seven days a week from 08.30 in the morning; from April until October, closing time is 19.30 - for the rest of the year closing time is 17.00.

Your Pompeii pass allows full entrance to Villa Poppea, and counts as a single entrance, just one of the 12 places covered by your pass.

Some history:

The site of Oplontis, between Pompeii and Herculaneum, is nowadays in the modern town of Torre Annunziata. Villa Poppea (Poppaea after the name of Emperor Nero's second wife), a UNESCO protected site, is a grand residence dating to the middle of the first century BC.

Villa Poppea was overwhelmed by the same pyroclastic surge that killed the residents of Herculaneum, but unlike there the Oplontis site did not contain any human remains - the residents are assumed to have fled, but it is also thought that the villa was not in use at the time of the eruption and was undergoing repairs from a previous earthquake. Many of the artefacts found when excavating the villa (roughly 60% is thought to be uncovered) are on show in the Naples Archaeological Museum.

Again, as with Herculaneum, the comparatively light ash fall means that many rooves did not collapse - this means that today Villa Poppea is home to some of the least damaged and most vibrant frescoes from Imperial Roman times. There is a peristyle garden surrounded by a colonnade and a large swimming pool - this was a grand villa, and sumptuous decoration abounds. Less abundant are likely to be the tourists and you may well find yourself in empty rooms admiring the richly coloured friezes.

Try this site for many, many photographs and inisghtful comment - a true labour of love for Oplontis, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae and the vast bulk of this fascinating tract of the Campanian coast.

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Please note that in order to use your tickets you MUST be able to provide one of the following:

  • - Covid19 Green Pass certification (in digital or paper format) able to attest - together with a valid identity document - that they have received at least one dose of one of the vaccines authorized by the EMA or AIFA (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna)
  • Exemptions: COVID-19 Green Certification is not required for children excluded by age from the vaccination campaign (under 12 years of age) and those exempt on the basis of appropriate medical certification.
  • - Visitors from Israel, Canada, Japan and the United States - Vaccination certificates issued by the health authorities of these countries (complying with EU Recommendation no. 2021/912 of 20 May 2021) will also be accepted, but must include the identifying data of the person and data regarding the type of vaccine and date(s) of administration. Please note that certificates will be accepted if they are in Italian, English, French or Spanish. If the certificate is not issued in bilingual form and not in one of the four languages indicated in the Order of the Minister of Health of 18 June 2021, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

This documentation must be presented at the entrance when the body temperature is checked.

Security queues to check the Green Pass requirements may be a bit long so do allow plenty of time to ensure you do not miss your entrance slot. Have your Green Pass and ID ready for viewing. Whilst they may seem long, queues do move fast so please be patient. Thank you for your cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a Green Pass and a valid identity document, you will not be able to access and your ticket will not be refunded. For further information www.dgc.gov.it

Due to Coronavirus many venues and events are applying strict entry conditions. These will vary by venue but common examples are:

  • You must wear a compliant CE mask (Ordinanza RT n.48) which covers both mouth and nose.
  • Disposable single-use gloves must be worn at all times.
  • Hands (or gloves) must be cleaned with a disinfectant gel on entry.
  • Your temperature (which will be measured on entry) must not be above 37.5°C.
  • Visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.8m at all times.
  • There may be a maximum visitor limit in place - in some cases this may lead to delays

Any conditions may be changed without notice as Italian regulations are updated.

If you are denied entrance because of failure to meet entry conditions, no refunds will be available.