Guided tour

Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Group Tour

Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Group Tour

Activity provider: Through Eternity
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From US$ 52.39 per person

Explore Nero's incredible Golden House and relive the excesses of this ancient emperor on this walking tour. Travel around and learn about this fascinating site from your tour guide.

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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • See the excavated ruins at Nero’s Golden House
  • Learn about the Domus Aurea up to the Renaissance
  • Get an inside look at the life and times of Nero
Full description

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to explore one of the most exclusive ancient sites in Rome throughout a special guided visit to the opulent Golden House of Nero. Experience the magnificent architecture of the notorious emperor’s vast palace, which was a vivid symbol of his immense ego.

After a fire devastated the capital of the Roman Empire in 64 A.D., the emperor had his architects fashion an immense dwelling over the smoldering remains of the devastated city. What they came up with was awe-inspiring, with scarcely believable highlights including a rotating dining room open to the starry night sky and a massive artificial lake. Unfortunately for Nero, the good times didn’t last long. In 68 A.D., the emperor’s wicked ways caught up with him and he was forced to commit suicide. Nero’s immense party pad was bulldozed by his successors in an attempt to erase the memory of the despised despot almost before the paint had even dried.

His artificial lake was also filled in, in its place the Flavian Amphitheatre was erected only a few years later. The fabulous Domus Aurea, with its wonderful succession of spacious rooms and soaring vaults decorated with stunning frescoes, lay buried and forgotten for centuries beneath the earth.

After a long and meticulous restoration, the surviving rooms of Nero’s Golden House are once again open to visitors. As you make your exciting descent into the eerie excavated remains of Nero’s Golden House today, you’ll be journeying back in time to the extravagant heyday of the Roman empire. Learn all about the fascinating life and times of Nero in the company of a guide.

Includes
  • Skip-the-line tickets
  • Professional tour guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

The meeting point is near the gate between the two pillars with the steps on the right before the ramp going up to the park. This is behind the Colosseum on the corner of Via Niccola Salvi and Via Labicana.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  •  This tour will take place rain or shine
  • People who are fully vaccinated (vaccine plus one booster) no longer need to produce Green Passes from 1 April
  • Anyone who has not completed the full vaccination cycle must produce a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of any entrance to museums and sites, including restaurants or bars
  • In addition, all visitors, children, and infants also, must bring copies of their passports on the day of the tour
Customer reviews

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The grotesque patterns and the VR demonstration were very interesting. You could tell from the lady leading the tour that she does it with passion.

May 23, 2022

May 21, 2022

Very nice to see, virtual part with the 3D glasses was fantastic!! The guide in the caves was a bit long in dust. The guide of the organization made it a lot of fun.

May 9, 2022

Product ID: 360190