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Golden House of Nero (Domus Aurea) Tours

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Golden House of Nero (Domus Aurea)
The Roman emperor Nero was not known for his restraint, and the Golden House (Domus Aurea) reflects his decadent taste and lifestyle. Built after Rome’s great fire in AD 64, the remains of this sumptuous pleasure palace, covering nearly one-third of the ancient city of Rome—dwarfing the nearby Colosseum—are now open to the public. 

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. 

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.  

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.

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.  

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. 
Address: Via della Domus Aurea,1, 00184, Rome, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Nero's Golden House VR tour+ exhibition

Nero's Golden House VR tour+ exhibition "Raffaello and the Domus Aurea"

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Thanks to new technology and immersive virtual reality with video narration you will visit Nero's Golden house's (the Domus Aurea) archeological restoration.These new technologies will be combined with the guided tour of the Domus Aurea’s site. Nero's Golden House (Domus Aurea) virtual reality tour provides, with oculus rift, visual insights into how Emperor Nero's golden palace looked 2,000 years ago. The final result will be a true time travel , a sort of cognitive and emotional short circuit, something really innovative in the new technologies applied to the cultural heritage. From 24th March the ticket for the exhibition "Raffaello and the Domus Aurea" will be included.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Nero's Golden House virtual reality tour

Nero's Golden House virtual reality tour

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A guided tour of Domus Aurea’s archaeological restoration site enhanced by a new and innovative multimedia experience aimed to improve the scientific value of the site.The project has been realized focusing on new technologies as immersive virtual reality and video narration.Rome's Domus Aurea will offer virtual reality tours to visitors provides visual insights into how Emperor Nero's golden palace looked 2,000 years ago. The final result will be a true time travel , a sort of cognitive and emotional short circuit, something really innovative in the new technologies applied to the cultural heritage
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Nero's Golden House virtual reality tour

Nero's Golden House virtual reality tour

A guided tour of Domus Aurea’s archaeological restoration site enhanced by a new and innovative multimedia experience aimed to improve the scientific value of the site.The project has been realized focusing on new technologies as immersive virtual reality and video narration.Rome's Domus Aurea will offer virtual reality tours to visitors provides visual insights into how Emperor Nero's golden palace looked 2,000 years ago. The final result will be a true time travel , a sort of cognitive and emotional short circuit, something really innovative in the new technologies applied to the cultural heritage
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.87
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GAY & LESBIAN Tour | Rome: the Colosseum and the Domus Aurea

GAY & LESBIAN Tour | Rome: the Colosseum and the Domus Aurea

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The Domus Aurea is Emperor Nero's expression of luxury and power. It was originally composed of 200 rooms, on three floors, with many golden decorations and amazing frescoes. It was built after the great Rome fire in 64 a.C.: Nero wanted to build a brand new city under the name of Neropolis.
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Airport Transfer Arrivals Plus Tour of Rome

Airport Transfer Arrivals Plus Tour of Rome

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At your service, the driver will wait you at the airport and bring you to your destination in Rome. Choose when you want to start your self-guided private-tour. The chauffeur can show you the most attractive places of the city at your arrival or when you prefer during your holidays in Rome. The service is available from 1 up to 8 passengers. No stress, no waste of time searching or waiting the taxi at the airport, know in advance how much you are going to spend. A professional driver (not a guide) will wait you at the airport to bring you wherever you want in Rome and than you will admire the city with a 3 hour private tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Nero's Golden Palace: with Colosseum and Ancient City

Nero's Golden Palace: with Colosseum and Ancient City

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Explore Rome’s ancient sites on a half-day, small-group tour of Domus Aurea, or Nero’s ‘Golden House,’ the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. Step into buried history with archeologist guides and use 3D glasses to see Nero’s palace as it once was, then hear stories about Rome's golden age as you walk through the heart of the ancient Roman Republic and Empire. This small-group tour includes all entrance fees and skip-the-line access.
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  • 5 hours
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Bike Tour of Rome Appia Antica - The Queen of Roads

Bike Tour of Rome Appia Antica - The Queen of Roads

5 km southwest from the city center, this 3-hour bike tour takes you back in the time of Ancient Rome. The road is one of the most famous and oldest sites, called "Regina Viarum" - The Queen of Roads, named after Claudius Appius Caecus who built it in 312 BC. Made of cobblestones and specifically built to transport supplies and soldiers to strategic points trough the empire. Much of the original way has been preserved to this day. It was also a huge burial site lined with tombs due to law that forbade burying the dead within the sacred belt of the city. We'll admire sites such as the Tomb of Scipio Family, the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, cross trough a park and enjoy the view on the Nympheum of Egeria and see the cenotaph of Annia Regilla, a second century Roman Lady whose assassination is still obscure. This tour brings back to the very origin of Rome where you will experience intensively the slow flow of the time that devours everything.
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  • 3 hours
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Colosseum Virtual Tour (with a true guide of Rome talking live)

Colosseum Virtual Tour (with a true guide of Rome talking live)

Real Tour vs Virtual Tour? We know, live experiences are always great but... usually a real guided tour of the Colosseum in Rome lasts 1 hour. During the tour you waste time: -waiting in line to enter the monument -at the security check -for a toilet break -for pictures time -walking time from a section to another You clearly spend most of your time in the Colosseum doing other things than understanding the Colosseum! Following our online Virtual tour: - you can have a 75 minutes full-immersion into the history of Rome, the Colosseum, the gladiators fights - your guide talks live! - you skip all the annoying waste of time of a real group tour - you can ask questions to the guide during the tour - you can understand the Colosseum from a 360° perspective, ready to get there for real as soon as you'll be able to travel to Italy - the guide can integrate his talk with hundreds of digital reconstructions, satellite views, photos of details that are impossible to use during a real tour
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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