PHOTO: Viridarium at Villa di Poppaea Sabina

PHOTO: Viridarium at Villa di Poppaea Sabina

Viridarium at Villa di Poppaea Sabina in ancient Oplontis, now Torre Annunziata

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Viridarium at Villa di Poppaea Sabina in ancient Oplontis, now Torre Annunziata. This grand estate, which was completely covered by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD (the same eruption that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum) was owned by the second wife of Emperor Nero. The circular wall enclosed a “Roman pleasure garden,” which was found in only the wealthiest of homes.

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