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Golden House of Nero (Domus Aurea)
Golden House of Nero (Domus Aurea)

Golden House of Nero (Domus Aurea)

Via della Domus Aurea,1, 00184, Rome, Italy

The Basics

Nero’s Golden House—designed primarily for the ruler’s leisure and entertainment and named for its facade decorated in marble and gold leaf—covered much of the area around the Palatine, Esquiline, and Oppian Hills in the heart of ancient Rome. The palace originally had more than 300 rooms exquisitely decorated with precious ivory, mosaics, frescoes, gem-studded ceilings, and grand fountains. Among the most important architectural aspects were two dining rooms flanking an octagonal room, the dome ceiling of which could be rotated to look like the sky. There were also sweeping gardens with an artificial lake and a colossal statue of the emperor. Today only around 20 percent of the original complex is still standing, including 30 rooms that reopened to the public in 2014.

You can view the palace’s architecture and art, more than 2,000 years old, only as part of a hard-hat Domus Aurea tour led by an archaeologist guide, so booking ahead is imperative, especially in summer. Tours of the Golden House include a virtual reality experience: you don augmented reality 3D glasses to see what the palace would have looked like in its heyday. Many tours combine a visit to Nero’s house with the nearby Colosseum and Roman Forum.

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Domus Aurea Tour, The Golden House of Nero
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Domus Aurea Tour, The Golden House of Nero
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$51.09 per adult
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Awesome tour.
Exceptional Tour. I was amazed at so much history underground. Tour guide is very knowledgeable about Rome history.
NagaKavitha_B, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Amazing tour in Rome
Virginia_J, Jul 2022
Domus Aurea Tour, The Golden House of Nero
This was a highlight of our trip. Our guide was fantastic and the audio visual made the Domus stand out from other historial sites we saw in Rome.
star-5
Best Archeological Tour in Rome
Leslie_H, Jun 2022
Domus Aurea Tour, The Golden House of Nero
This tour is a must for anyone interested in Roman history. Incredible. The use of virtual reality was spectacular and made it so much easier to understand the scope and scale of the Domus Aurea.
star-5
Must see!
Fiona_C, Jun 2022
Domus Aurea Exclusive Tour-The Golden House of Emperor Nero
Amazing. Very informative and knowledgeable guide. Must see! Everything in Rome is so impressive but this was our favourite by far. Virtual reality helped to bring it to life
star-5
It was super ! We have...
jan_g, May 2022
Domus Aurea Tour-Golden House of an Emperor With Virtual Reality
It was super ! We have done before bur now with the 3th dimensional glasses … it was super and …we have two super guides !!! We like it !!!
star-5
Our guide was fantastic! ...
Kelly_G, Mar 2022
Domus Aurea Exclusive Tour-The Golden House of Emperor Nero
Our guide was fantastic! We had all of our questions answered about the site, and about the layers of Rome.
star-4
Amazing site, but no VR effects. ICECOLD!
Renata, Mar 2022
Nero's Golden House restoration site tour
Very interesting for those who love history! However, it is not virtual (that part of the tour has been removed two years ago), it is absolutely freezing down in the archeological site. Our tour has been rebooked for another date. It doesn’t help to discover tickets priced 19€ are sold for almost 50€ by Viator. I have understanding for a fee, but making profit of 400% isn’t going to make me vote this activity “five stars”
star-5
Go 'Underground' to Experience the Oldest Part of Rome!!
DeborahW_W, Jan 2022
Domus Aurea Tour-Golden House of an Emperor With Virtual Reality
Daniele and the Domus Aurea tour are fantastic, a real must-do in Rome! Meeting was timely and the value of being able to see inside the 'Golden House' of Nero was priceless. Daniele was so knowledgeable and passionate about this Roman treasure and it made the ancient experience come alive. Small group kept the tour moving along and the newly opened part of the excavation was worth it. Highly recommend!
star-4
Great site to visit.
Barbara_W, Jun 2022
Domus Aurea Tour, The Golden House of Nero
We took a tour in English. The guide inside the domus was very difficult to understand. She spoke very fast and quietly and the mask did not help. However, the guide who welcomed us outside the domus was easy to understand and hear and was very knowledgeable. Otherwise the domus tour was very good. We saw it for the first time 21 years ago and it was very interesting the progress made since then both in uncovering more rooms and in electronic presentations.
star-5
Golden experience!
Mary_M, Oct 2021
Domus Aurea Tour-Golden House of an Emperor With Virtual Reality
The Domus Aurea with the special Raffaello exhibit was wonderful! Our guide Daniele was very knowledgeable and personal. A special experience!
star-5
My favorite tour
Jason K, Oct 2019
Domus Aurea Tour, The Golden House of Nero
This is definitely a hidden gem. It’s not as awe-inspiring as the more famous Roman attractions but this was my favorite tour in Rome. Small group with very few other tourists around, just one other group present during our visit. Very interesting history and a neat 3D virtual demonstration of what the palace looked like.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Nero’s Golden House, an active archaeological site, is a must-see for ancient history and archaeology buffs.

  • The multimedia tour makes use of Oculus Rift VR glasses, which are not recommended for children under 13, or for those with epilepsy or serious eye conditions.

  • There is some walking involved to visit the site, so wear comfortable shoes.

  • The Golden House is not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

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How to Get There

The Domus Aurea is located in the center of Rome on the Palatine Hill. Take metro line B to Colosseo, the closest stop.

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When to Get There

Nero’s Golden House is open for tours only on Saturdays and Sundays, so be sure to book in advance, especially in the summer months.

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The Rediscovery of Nero’s Palace

After Nero’s suicide, subsequent emperors Vespasian, Titus, and Trajan buried Nero’s domus to build their own palaces above. The last of these buildings were Trajan’s Baths, under which the complex was rediscovered in the 15th century. Before the site was excavated and opened to the public, Renaissance artists including Pinturicchio and Raphael would lower themselves down inside the buried villa on ropes to study its intricate frescoes and decorations.

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