This tour includes an English-speaking driver with his air-conditioned Mercedes at your disposal for 5/6 hours - English-speaking archaeological guide for 4 hours in Pompeii and Oplontis (private - only for you)
The entrance fees of Pompeii and Oplontis are not included.
A whole day immersed in the Ancient Rome, through this guided tour of Pompeii and Oplontis - both destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius, which took place in 79 a.D.
So many books and novels, tales and paintings have been dedicated to the city of Pompeii, a very cosmopolitan place, several days way of travel away from the Caput Mundi, Rome. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, a big part of the city was still in bad condition because of the earthquake seventeen years before. In many homes there were ongoing restoration works, the furniture had been moved from some rooms and stacked in other places to allow the restoration of the damaged walls; some thermal buildings were closed to the public, the water supply was partially interrupted, and even some temples were closed. After the eruption of Vesuvius, the Emperor Titus sent a commission of inquiry to assess the damage and bring aid to the surviving population. But little could be done at that point. Some operations were carried on for recovering goods of the richer people and precious marble stones from the buildings. For the rest, the city remained buried. Over time the grass grew back and Pompeii was lost to the memory until it was brought to light again thanks to the excavations which started in 1748.
Oplontis is an archaeological jewel of the Bay of Naples. Situated between Pompeii and Herculaneum, geographically it corresponds to the town of Torre Annunziata. The excavations, which were carried out in Oplontis between 1964 and 1984 by the archaeologist Alfonso De Franciscis, have brought to light numerous villas, among which Villa B, today known as the Villa of Lucius Crassius Tertius. Inside the villa, the diggers found piles of amphorae containing goods as wine, oil and other agricultural products. Based on this finding, the building was classified as a sort of shopping mall where the goods were produced, processed and sold. These discoveries, along with the discovery of Public Baths found in 1834, helped archaeologists classify Oplontis as a medium-sized town. Although it was part of the outskirts of Pompeii and was subject to its administrative control, Oplontis had sufficient infrastructure to be considered a well-developed residential centre. Because of this close relationship with the topographic area of Pompeii, for some archaeological discoveries of the Bourbon period Oplontis was considered part of Pompeii while those discoveries are attributable to the area of Torre Annunziata. Usually these were occasional discoveries but they always gave useful contributions to knowledge, especially with regard to the nature of the settlement in the Roman period. Another exploration has brought to light the huge complex of a villa, one of the most extensive and best preserved of the Vesuvius area. The excavation of the villa confirmed the stratigraphy, feature of the area, of the burial caused by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD: four layers of lapilli with three alternating layers of ash, followed at the top by a layer of hardened mud on which there is a humus layer. The complex of the villa is made by the building and by a large open area, with a viridarium. It has been possible to recover and save a large amount of the wall paintings, thanks to a very special preservation works. Interesting is the second style decoration, present mainly in the atrium, in the triclinium and the dining room, tablinum. Even many sculptures were found in this Villa in Oplontis, which adorned various parts of the complex, gardens, fountains, green areas around the pool, all developing a rich theme inspired by the Hellenic world: a group with Satyr and Nymph, Child struggling with a goose, Nike, Aphrodite, Centaur etc. There is also a female portrait that may possibly represents the Empress Poppea. Various clues and coincidences in fact lead to the hypothesis that this villa belonged to Poppea Sabina, the second wife of the Emperor Nero.