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1.25 hours
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Min Age : 13+
Max People : 23
Tour Details

Step back in time to ancient Rome and immerse yourself in the opulence of Emperor Nero’s Golden House on our expertly guided tour of the Domus Aurea. As you traverse the building’s corridors, your knowledgeable guide will regale you with intriguing historical insights and offer a vivid portrait of Nero’s life and times.

Marvel at the stunning architecture and intricate frescoes that once adorned the palace’s walls, and let your guide take you on a journey through the history of this magnificent structure. Hear tales of Nero’s lavish parties, infamous intrigues, and ultimate downfall, and learn how the Domus Aurea came to be one of the most legendary buildings in Rome.

But the journey doesn’t end there. With the aid of special virtual devices, you can now explore the palace in all its former glory, transporting yourself back in time to the days of the Roman Empire. Experience the grandeur of the palace’s stunning artwork, architecture, and design, and marvel at the sheer scale of Nero’s vision.

Our expertly guided tour of the Domus Aurea is the perfect way to delve into the fascinating history of ancient Rome and experience the grandeur of Nero’s Golden House first-hand. Don’t miss this opportunity to step back in time and discover the secrets of one of Rome’s most iconic buildings.

TOUR DURATION

1.25 hours

MEETING TIME

25 minutes before the tour start time

MEETING POINT

Via della Domus Aurea, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

TOUR GUIDE

Expert English, Italian, and Spanish Spoken Guide (By default Italian Guide)

STARTING TIME

9:30 AM to 2:40 PM (Choose any time slot)

What is included
  • Special access to Domus Aurea
  • VR devices
  • Expert Professional archaeologist guide
What is not included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food/Beverage
Itinerary

Main Tour Attractions: Domus Aurea Tour

The proximity of the Domus Aurea to the Roman Colosseum is noteworthy, as it serves as a testament to Rome’s historical might and is now among Italy’s most frequented tourist spots. With the aid of VR devices, this guided tour provides an opportunity to explore Nero’s ancient palace in all its splendor, just a stone’s throw from the Colosseum.

Nero’s Golden House

Starting with an overview of the historic interiors of the vast complex, an expert archaeologist guide leads the tour. The experiences are divided into two categories, with Emperor Nero’s residence being the first. This sprawling structure was constructed to provide the emperor with leisurely entertainment and was dubbed the “Golden House” due to the extensive gold leaf covering it, which sparkled brilliantly in the sunlight. The interior ceilings are adorned with jewels, and the home boasts an array of rare sculptures and artwork, many of which were collected or seized from various locations. Michelangelo, Casanova, and Raphael’s intricate frescoes grace the walls, while original bronze statues of the Dying Gaul and the Galatian Suicide are also present, as is the renowned Laocoon statue, now on exhibit at the Vatican Museums.

This exclusive access tour will bring you to a genuine archaeological sanctuary where you can witness the preservation and restoration process in action and immerse yourself in the lavishness of the era. With 300 rooms to explore, this authentic archaeological site has countless wonders waiting to be discovered.

Octagonal Room

The Octagonal Room, renowned as Domus Aurea’s most popular attraction, remains remarkably well-preserved and is included in the guided tour. Serving as the primary banqueting hall, it was a central hub for entertainment during the reign of Nero.

Among its unique features was a rotating floor that replicated the movement of celestial bodies, operated by four concealed circular mechanisms beneath the surface of the room.

Domus Aurea’s Room of Achilles

The Room of Achilles at Skyros is situated in the eastern wing of the building, adjacent to the Octagonal Room. Inside the Room of Achilles at Skyros, the artist Fabullus has created painted panels that adorn the central ceiling.

The “Hector and Andromache” room

The Hall of Hector and Andromache is a chamber situated on the opposite side of the Octagon Suite. The decoration of its ceiling is centered around Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad, which depicts the story of the Trojan War. The ceiling is adorned with various illustrations from the Iliad, such as scenes featuring the Trojan hero Hector and his wife Andromache.

Additionally, the Hall contains many frescoes from Nero’s extensive collection of art. Nero had a particular admiration for Greek sculpture, and so it is not surprising that some of these sculptures are represented within the frescoes of the Hall of Hector and Andromache.

Visitors to the Hall will be treated to a stunning display of classical artistry that is a testament to Nero’s refined taste and appreciation for the beauty of ancient Greek culture.

Underground Attraction

The Domus Aurea, or Golden House, remained buried underground for numerous centuries before its eventual rediscovery and reconstruction. Although the palace may not resemble an airy and immaculate structure in its current state, it still maintains an impressive and awe-inspiring quality. As visitors make their way through the vast underground passageways, they are surrounded by brick walls adorned with remnants of historic frescoes and mosaics, providing a glimpse into the palace’s opulent past. The sheer scale and magnificence of the corridors and halls within the palace are sure to leave visitors in a state of speechlessness and wonder.

Tour Overview

The opulent residence of Emperor Nero, known as the Domus Aurea, is a marvel of Roman history that has been buried underground for centuries. Today, it still remains below street level and is an unusual and challenging structure for archaeologists to excavate, but a fascinating surprise for history buffs.

The Domus Aurea is a vast labyrinth of buildings, courtyards, and parks that stretches from Palatine Hill to Esquiline Hill in Rome. Nero’s primary residence was Palatine, but several structures grew out from there, some of which were still connected to the Underground. The complex is more than just a residence; it’s like a city that sprang up around the Stagnum Neronis, an artificial lake that was later filled in to build the Colosseum.

Built in 64 AD, the Domus Aurea is one of the most magnificent buildings in Roman history. Emperor Nero constructed this huge landscaped palace in the center of ancient Rome, with lavishly embellished buildings adorned with valuable stones, ivory, and gold leaf. The outstanding wall murals were influenced by Renaissance artists and are a sight to behold.

The surroundings of Nero’s Pleasure Palace are just as stunning, with gilded walkways, beautiful fountains, and gardens separating the palace’s 300 rooms. Despite the vastness of the complex, visitors won’t feel claustrophobic thanks to the tall rooms and galleries. Observing the authentic Roman frescoes is exciting for history enthusiasts, and the knowledgeable guide provides excellent and thorough explanations of everything, helping visitors to picture how it would have appeared all those years ago.

What’s even better is that every visitor will notice something a little different every time they visit the Domus Aurea, as archaeologists are still actively working on uncovering more of the buried mysteries. The tour of the Domus Aurea with VR glasses is highly spectacular, and any Roman enthusiast would love to experience it.

In terms of topography and history, the precise record of this place provides an excellent introduction to Imperial Rome. The professional narrator ensures that the tour is engaging and helps to bring the site to life.

Tour Highlights

➤ Gain access to a special entrance to Domus Aurea and bypass lines and crowds.
➤ Admire the stunning ancient frescoes adorning the walls of Domus Aurea.
➤ Explore the Octagonal Room, a significant meeting place for Emperor Nero.
➤ Investigate the Room of Achilles and Skyros.
➤ Discover the secrets of Hector and Andromache’s Room.
➤ Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Colosseum.
➤ Hear captivating tales of the notorious Emperor Nero.
➤ Listen to fascinating Roman stories about Nero’s Golden House.
➤ Reach the summit of Palatine Hill for an exceptional view of the Forum.
➤ Enhance your tour experience with virtual reality glasses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What was Nero's pleasure palace?

The Domus Aurea, also known as the Golden House of Nero, was constructed in 64 AD and served as Nero’s pleasure palace. The emperor adorned the palace with gold leaf, semi-precious stones, and frescoes, resulting in a magnificently decorated mansion with a 300-acre footprint. It is evident that Nero built this opulent structure for his own entertainment.

Can you still visit Domus Aurea?

Yes, it is possible to visit the Domus Aurea exclusively through our guided tour. With our special access tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Nero’s ancient Golden House in all its former glory, thanks to the incorporation of modern technology into cultural heritage.

Is the Domus Aurea worth visiting?

If you don’t take our guided tour of the Domus Aurea, you’ll be missing out a lot. It is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Roman history, as it offers a spectacular glimpse into Imperial Rome’s landscape and history. You’ll get to witness the opulent lifestyle of Emperor Nero as you explore every nook and cranny of this palace, which is rich with history and magnificently frescoed Renaissance walls. Additionally, our excellent tour guides are dedicated to restoring the area to its former glory during Nero’s time.

How much does it cost for a visit to the Domus Aurea? What’s the Domus Aurea tickets price?

The Domus Aurea tour is our second most popular tour after the Colosseum Underground tour. Although admission to the Domus Aurea may be a bit more expensive compared to our other guided tours, the price is more than justified by the high-quality experience provided on our guided tour.

The ticket price for the Domus Aurea tour is 39 euros for adults aged 13 to 99 and 25 euros for children aged 7 to 12. This cost includes both the guided tour and the virtual reality experience.

Where is the Domus Aurea location?

The Domus Aurea is situated on the Colle Oppio, which is located in close proximity to the Colosseum. Accessing the site is easy through the Colle Oppio park gates, which can be reached easily from Piazza del Colosseo.

What's the best way to see Domus Aurea?

The Domus Aurea is a massive palace that was once owned by Emperor Nero, and exploring its historically significant rooms requires a pre-booked tour. Booking a guided tour is the ideal way to experience the Domus Aurea, and fortunately, admission is now available. Don’t wait too long to order your tickets, as they tend to sell out quickly. It’s worth noting that the guided tour includes a virtual reality component, which adds to the overall experience.

Do you need to book in advance to visit Domus Aurea?

Advance booking is highly recommended when planning to visit the Domus Aurea, as it enables you to secure a tour at a time that is most convenient for you. This popular attraction is open for tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. However, please note that there is a limit on the number of tourists allowed per visit, with a maximum of 23 people permitted at a time. Therefore, it’s not advisable to show up at the site without having pre-booked your tour ticket in advance. To ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience, it’s always a good idea to book your tour in your preferred language well in advance of your planned tour time. This way, you’ll be able to secure your spot and avoid any disappointment.

How long does it take to visit Domus Aurea?

The Domus Aurea tour typically lasts for 75 minutes, and we can assure you that every minute of this tour is worth it. The guided tour allows you to explore the magnificent palace that was once owned by Emperor Nero and witness its breathtaking frescoes and intricate decorations. You’ll also learn about the history and significance of the site from a knowledgeable guide.

If you’re interested in continuing your journey after the Domus Aurea tour, you might consider going on an outside tour of the neighboring Colosseum. This iconic symbol of ancient Rome is just a stone’s throw away from the Domus Aurea, and a guided tour can help you delve deeper into its fascinating history and architecture. With an experienced guide by your side, you’ll be able to gain a deeper understanding of the Colosseum and appreciate its beauty and grandeur even more.

Does the Domus Aurea tour accommodate wheelchairs?

If you are using a wheelchair or have limited mobility, it’s natural to wonder if the Domus Aurea tour is accessible to you. The good news is that the tour is wheelchair accessible, and the site’s management has taken several steps to ensure that visitors with disabilities can enjoy the tour without any inconvenience.

For instance, the entrance to the site has a ramp for wheelchair users, and there is an elevator that allows visitors to access the different levels of the palace. The guided tour is also designed to be wheelchair-friendly, and the guide will ensure that visitors with disabilities can explore the site comfortably and safely.

However, it’s important to note that the Domus Aurea is an ancient site with uneven surfaces and steps, so visitors with disabilities may require some assistance during the tour. If you have any specific requirements or concerns, we recommend contacting the tour provider in advance to discuss your needs and ensure that you have a pleasant and enjoyable experience at the Domus Aurea.

Does the Domus Aurea tour come with a virtual reality experience?

During the Domus Aurea tour, you will have the opportunity to experience a virtual reality (VR) tour of the underground section of the palace. This immersive experience is led by the Domus Aurea team and is designed to give visitors a unique insight into the opulent lifestyle of Emperor Nero.

A professional tour guide will accompany you throughout your visit to the Domus Aurea, including the VR experience. You will be provided with VR goggles and other necessary equipment to enjoy the tour. The VR experience is highly interactive and allows you to explore the underground section of the palace as it was during Nero’s reign.

However, it’s important to note that the use of virtual reality goggles is not recommended for individuals with epilepsy or serious eye conditions. Similarly, children under the age of 13 should not use VR equipment without adult supervision.

Overall, the Domus Aurea VR experience is a fascinating and engaging addition to the tour, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the rich history of this ancient site.

What things need to be maintained for the Domus Aurea tour?

  1. To help maintain a safe and healthy environment, visitors are highly encouraged to wear face masks during the Domus Aurea tour.
  2. The temperature inside the Domus Aurea is typically around 10 degrees Celsius. For your comfort, it’s recommended to wear comfortable footwear and appropriate clothing.
  3. To ensure a smooth and enjoyable visit, please avoid bringing large bags or luggage with you to the Domus Aurea.

How many languages is this tour available in?

At present, the Domus Aurea tour is offered in three distinct languages: English, Italian, and Spanish. Please note that availability of these languages is subject to change at any time. By default, the tour will be conducted in Italian.

If you prefer to take the tour in English or Spanish, please contact us at +39 081 188 16603 or +39 327 742 0062 (available Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm) to confirm whether your preferred language is available on the day of your tour. We highly recommend making this call to ensure that you can enjoy the tour in your desired language.

Can I get a refund or cancel my ticket if I am running late or do not show up for the tour?

The Domus Aurea tour has a strict policy of “all sales final.” This means that once you purchase your ticket, there are no cancellations, refunds, or exchanges for a different tour date. It is important to plan accordingly and ensure that you can attend the tour on the date and time you select.

Please make sure to arrive at the tour meeting spot at least 25 minutes before the scheduled start time. Late arrivals may not be accommodated, as the tour will begin promptly with other participants.

If you are unable to attend the tour on your selected date, you may reserve a different day tour time by paying the full cost of the tour ticket. However, please note that this is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed.

Where to call if I want to cancel my tour?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at +39 081 188 16603 or +39 327 742 0062 if you need to cancel your tour. Our customer service team is available Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm to assist you with any inquiries you may have.

We ask that you carefully review our Cancellation & Refund Policy for “Explore Italy Today” prior to canceling the tour, so you are aware of our policies and any potential fees that may apply.

What Covid 19 travel must-haves should a traveler keep in mind while on the tour?

We at “Explore Italy Today” strive to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information.

As per the latest COVID-19 regulations, tourists are not required to present a vaccination certificate, test certificate, or “Green Pass” to enter the Colosseum or other places like restaurants, museums, and historical sites.

Please note that wearing a mask is mandatory when visiting the Colosseum. Failure to comply with this rule will result in denial of entry. Additionally, your temperature will be checked at the entrance, and entry will be refused if it exceeds 37.5C (99.5F).

While in the open-air areas of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the mask requirement may be relaxed. However, a mask must be worn when entering the Roman Forum area.

Please refer to the Covid-19 Travel Notice for the latest travel updates during the pandemic.

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