Discover two fascinating but little known ancient sites buried by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD
duration 1.5 hours
Discover two hidden gems of the ancient world on our virtual tour of the spectacular archaeological sites of Oplontis and Stabiae. Like their more famous neighbours in Pompeii and Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae were destroyed and preserved by the devastating eruption of Veusuvius in 79 AD. Although the magnificent patrician Villa Poppaea in Oplontis hardly ever features on tourist itineraries to this region, the opulent and well-preserved palace provides us with an extraordinary insight into the lavish world of the ancient Roman elites. Although we don’t know for sure who the villa belonged to, it was possibly once owned by the unfortunate Poppaea Sabina, kicked to death by her insane husband Nero. Hidden beneath the nearby Naples commuter town of Castellammare di Stabia meanwhile is the ancient settlement of Stabiae, made up of a series of residential villas belonging to well-to-do Romans seeking to escape the summer heat. Amongst the surviving remains of Stabiae are bathhouses, elegant gardens, service rooms, a stable, fishmonger and more, offering a rich insight into daily life in antiquity. Join expert local guide Andrea to explore these fascinating but lesser-known archaeological gems from the comfort of your own home, and get inspired for your next Italian adventure with Through Eternity!
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Hi I’m Andrea! A native of Naples, I’ve lived in the Campania region of Italy all my life, and I have a deep love for its art, archeology, music, architecture, cuisine, natural beauty and - of course - its people. I have shared this world with many, many visitors over the years,showcasing the vast range of this wonderful place. When I was 14 years old I started working as an actor in theatres, and this plays a central role in how I communicate on my tours today - I always try to put something theatrical into everything I do :-)
The world of travel might be on hold right now, but just because we're all staying at home to help the world overcome a common enemy doesn't mean we have to put our wanderlust on the back burner. Frustrated with not being able to get our travel fix, we decided to transform our award-winning tours into immersive virtual experiences, meaning you can still explore Italy’s spectacular archaeological sites and jaw-dropping museums from the comfort of your own home.
* Please note that the booking times are in US Eastern Standard Time and Rome, Italy CET is 6 hours ahead *
Fun and informative, our virtual tours take the form of online real-time presentations led by our expert guides. Combining videos, high-definition photos and more, our guides will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you on these interactive walkthroughs of Italy’s most fascinating sites. The live format of our virtual tours means you’ll be able to ask your guide anything you wish, just like on a normal tour. We really believe it's the next best thing to being here!
Please note that the proceeds from our online tours go directly to our guides, providing them with a valuable lifeline in these tough times for the world of travel. Thank you for your support!
5.0 (6 reviews)
I really like finding out about sights that few people know about. This was one of those wow tours for an area that was totally new to me. Well done!.
Andrea gave another excellent tour of these two undervalued jewels of the Bay of Naples. He explains the history of the excavations, but shows the immensity of these villas, whose beauty and grace is everywhere evident. I cannot get enough of this art; its beauty is tantalizing. Andrea excites his guests by showing us beautiful artwork , using expert slides and a couple of short videos of the latest archaeological finds. I found most interesting his speculations about the 80% of these magnificent villas that remain uncleared. Andrea let our imaginations run free. What wonders under the ashes await discovery? My next trip to the Bay of Naples will include a trip to Oplontis and Stabiae. I cannot wait to get there! Thank you, Andrea.