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Why Oplontis, Stabiae and Boscoreale ? Are they worth of seeing ?

Most of the people heard only of Pompeii and, in some cases, heard of Herculaneum too. Yes, it is true... not a fault! We are here also for this!
Unlike our web page dedicated to Pompeii and Herculaneum
, we decided to present to our public a bit what were these three sites, giving you a sort of quick introduction.

Our main purpose, other than you take one of these excursions, is to awknoledge the people of the incredible archaelogical heritage around the Mount Vesuvius ("Vesuvian Area"). The three sites are part of the "minor
" Italy that, although they don't have fascinating theatres or large roads, they are not less interesting due to the amazing quality of preservation of their architectures, fresco walls and mosaics.

, Boscoreale and Stabiae: veritable aritstocratic resorts with plenty of Roman villas a step away from Pompeii.

Of the above Villas and resorts, some of the most remarkable ancient Roman frescoes, mosaics and statues are in the Archaelogical Museum of Naples. Some others, spread out in the Museums abroad.

TOPIC: to know before

Oplontis, Stabiae and Boscoreale were the residential areas of the wealthy Roman people.
If you had the chance to visit already Pompey, you will remain totally satisfied and you will say that we did a good job in giving this suggestion to you.
If you did not visit Pompei before, after touring Stabiae or Oplontis or Boscoreale, Pompeii will seem less beautiful than it is.

A Premise: ours are no cheap tours. Only luxury ones with targeted people. This was done in order to select our clientele. This is the reason why our tours do not leave daily but only upon request.

One difference between our guides and services provided is that they cannot be compared to the daily tours from Rome
that arrive in this area and tour for just a few hours along with 40 unknown people in a group tour. Or it cannot be compared with the cheap shore excursions who disembark 2.000 people at once and do the same things at the same time. No, this is not something that Rome Travels ever wanted to deal with.

That is the reason why we also want to promote these three areas, being a bit off-the-beaten paths and aways from the hordes of tourists who kindly "invade" the sites of the Major Italy, Pompeii in particular.

Scavi of OPLONTIS - Villa POPPEA - The Archaeological Site in Torre Annunziata

OPLONTIS - Villa Poppea - ( Torre Annunziata )

The Villa Poppaea in Oplontis (today Torre Annunziata) is a large house was owned by the Emperor Nero, and used by his second wife named Poppaea Sabina, as her main residence when not in Rome. The archeological evidence suggests that at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius, the villa was empty, being in the process of rebuilding, possibly in the aftermath of the earthquake of 62 A.D.

The frescoes decorating the walls are amongst the best preserved, both in form and in colour, of all Imperial Roman frescoes. The roof of the building largely survived the eruption, thus protected the elements. The frescoes are in the Pompeiian Second Style, with feigned architecture with windows that seem to open onto views or perspectives of trompe-l'oeil colonnades, ambitious undertakings that, after Rome's fall, would not be equalled in Italy until the XVIth Century (Renaissance time).

Oplontis - Photogallery - Three pics


The Caldarium : nearby is the more recently discovered Villa of L. Crassius Tertius discovered only in 1974. A bronze seal found at the site gave the name of its last owner. This villa, which contained a large number of amphorae, was not deserted at the time of the eruption: beside the bodies of the unfortunate victims, coins and jewellery were also found there.

STABIAE - Luxury Roman Villas, the Old Romans Lived here, same tragedy

STABIAE: A Luxury Old Roman Resort Area Destroyed Twice

Stabiae was originally a small port, located nearby the modern town of Castellammare di Stabia, few km away from Pompeii.
The town was destroyed twice: by Lucius Cornelius Silla on 89 B.C. during the Social War and by the eruption on 79 AD. After the first destruction, Stabiae was tally rebuilt and became a popular resort for wealthy Romans, according to the Roman author and admiral Pliny the Elder. He reported that there were several miles of luxury villas built along the edge of the headland, favored for its views over the Bay of Naples.

was also well known for the quality of its natural spring waters. Thus this ideal location brought many wealthy Romans to build their luxurious villas on the ridge overlooking the bay. These villas, which are described below, provide us with some of the greatest architectural and artistic remains of Roman villas. A large number of artefacts come from Stabiae are housed now in the Naples, National Archaeological Museum. If you like, click to the pics to enlarge photos.


Related Useful Links - Naples and its area

Related Useful Links

National Archaeological
Musuem of Naples

Unesco World Heritage Site
(Today Torre Annunziata)

Archaeological Sperintendency
Official Web Site

Archaeological Superintendency
Official Web Site

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STABIAE - Villa San Marco - Stabia

Villa San Marco
It is one of the largest old Roman villas ever discovered in Italy, measuring more than 11.000 sq. mts (nearly 100.00 sq.ft). This villa has gardens, atrium, a colonnaded courtyard containing a pool,  triclinium (dining room) with views of the bay of Naples. Villa San Marco also has the typical examples of the private thermal bath complex (Spa). It provided us stunning frescoes, sculptures, mosaics, and architecture. Its style and themes can be equally compared to those found in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

STABIAE - Villa Arianna - Arianna's Villa

Villa Arianna
It gets its name from the fresco depicting Dionysus saving Ariadne from a desert island. This villa is particularly famous for its frescoes, many of which depict light, winged figures. It has one of the largest courtyards of any Roman villas, which measures two stadium lengths. The shoreline has since then changed, making the archaeological site further inland than it was in antiquity.

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BOSCOREALE - Villa Boscoreale - Villa Fannius Synistor


Villa Boscoreale is an ancient Roman villa, located in the town of Boscoreale, right outside Pompeii. This area was a hunting reserve. Evidence in tablets and graffiti shows that the house was probably built in the first century (around 30-40) B.C. and, likewise Oplontis, Ercolano, Pompei, the villa burned in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.


The Villa is probably most notable for its aesthetic contributions. Once Villa Boscoreale was uncovered came out many frescoes and paintings, delineating nuances of luxurious Roman lifestyle.
These paintings themselves depict rooms, columns, landscape and garden scenes, all emphasizing expansion and grandeur. This technique was very common in the Second Style which, being popular during this time and done using the illusionistic trompe l’oeil method.

Ownership of the villa has been contested. While there is no doubt P. Fannius Synistor
did reside there, excavated bronze tablets show another name, that of Lucius Herrenius Florus. The Frescoes here on the left are in the MOMO of NY. There are only two frescoes housed in the National Archaelogic Museum of Naples. Next to the Villa there is the interesting Antiquarium with many pieces.

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Oplontis - Boscoreale - Stabia Tours - Tours Costs

Oplontis - Boscoreale - Stabia - Tour Costs

Half day, 4 hours tour, including private tour guide & transportation

From Naples :

  • 1-2 pax: EUR 600,00

  • 3-7 pax: EUr 800,00

  • 8-16 pax: EUR 70,00 EUR per person

  • 20-40 people: EUR 50,00 per person.

NOTE: entrance fees to be added on the above costs.

Oplontis - Stabia - Boscoreale Tours - Tours Costs

Oplontis - Boscoreale - Stabia - Tour Costs

Half day, 5 hours tour, including private tour guide & transportation

From the Amalfi Coast:

  • 1-2 pax: EUR 700,00

  • 3-7 pax: EUr 900,00

  • 8-16 pax: EUR 80,00 EUR per person

  • 20-40 people: EUR 60,00 per person.

NOTE: entrance fees to be added on the above costs.

NOTE on payments:

To confirm any tour, we require either a deposit or full prepayment by Visa-MasterCard + 20% VAT on top.
In case you wish to pay the deposit, it will be charged at cost + 20% VAT and then the balance by cash to your assigned tour guide. The amount of the deposit depends on which kind of tour is selected.

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