Oplontis lies in the middle of the modern town of Torre Annunziata. The name was found on the PeutingerianaTabula, a 13th century copy of an ancient map showing the road network in Italy at the time of the Roman Empire. On the map the toponym Oplontis refers to some buildings between Pompeii and Herculaneum. This name was given to a series of archaeological finds in the outskirts of Pompeii. Hence you can find a residential villa, known as the ‘Villa of Poppea’; a rustic villa, attributed to L. Crassius Tertius, in which were found the bodies of numerous victims of the eruption and also a large hoard of gold and silver coins, as well as valuable gold jewellery, and a bathing establishment, nearby the Oncino, beneath what is now the Terme Nunziante, attributed to the consul Marcus Crassus Frugi. The main monument, and the only one open to the public, is the Villa of Poppea, an UNESCO World Heritage site. This majestic residence dating from the middle of the 1st century BC. It had been enlarged during Imperial times and was undergoing restoration work at the time of the eruption. There are various grounds for attributing it to Poppaea Sabina, the Emperor Nero’s second wife, and it was undoubtedly part of the estates of the Imperial family

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