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Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Group Tour

1. Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Group Tour

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. 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.

Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour

2. Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour

Join an expert guide and discover the Domus Aurea, or Golden House, designed purely for pleasure by Emperor Nero. Hear about the history of the site and its former riches on a walking tour. Meet your guide at the meeting point and exchange your voucher for your entrance tickets. Then, enter the Domus Aurea and discover what must have been one of the most aesthetically overwhelming buildings ever created, home to luxuries like mosaics, marble furnishings, and even a rotating dining room. As you walk with your official guide, learn about the extravagance of Nero and the Golden House, which included a colossal 120-foot statue of Nero in the vestibule. Marvel at the tales of luxury in a house where everything was coated with gold and adorned with gems, shells, and ivory. Find out about the on-site lake, fields, vineyards, pastures, and woods filled with all kinds of wild and domestic animals. At the end of your tour, you'll understand why Nero was so pleased with the house, declaring, "Finally I begin to live in a house worthy of a man."

Ancient Rome Private Walking Tour

3. Ancient Rome Private Walking Tour

See the best ancient Rome had to offer in this 3-hour walking tour with a dedicated personal tour guide to show you all the important highlights. Itinerary: Meet your guide at the ColosseumGo to the second ring where you can admire a panoramic view of the insides of the monuments, overlooking the square below, with a birds eye view of the large base and of the remains of the colonnade and the walls of the largest roman temple dedicated to Venus and Rome. With the street of the Imperial Fora on one side and the Arch of Constantine, the Palatine Hill and Via Triumphalis on the other side.Once out of the Colosseum get a closer look at the arch of Constantine, going towards the Velian Hill, through the Arch of Titus and up to the Palatine Hill one of the most ancient parts of the city.Pass through an underground tunnel of the Domus Aurea and arrive at the square of the Forum where you can expect breathtaking views.Then proceed to the Roman Forum, the old centre of public life, with the Basilica of Maxentius, the House of Vestals, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina and the Altar of Caesar.

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What people are saying about Domus Aurea

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 219 reviews

The guide, Gracelyn Monaco, was truly amazing. She knew her stuff. I've not taken too many guided tours of Italy although I've been there about 20 times (at least). My guide was from the U.S. and had been living in Italy I think she said for 18 years. I mention that because I've had guides that weren't that good at speaking English. I don't want to seem harsh but it does make a difference in how the presentation comes off. Ms. Monaco loves her job, knows the history, architecture, and is seemingly versed in so many aspects of Roman history and in particular the Golden house. The time just blasted past and I was not "happy" that the tour was over. I plan to go back in a couple of months and get her for a guide again. What a treat!

The tour was very informative. We loved our guide, he was passionate and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this experience while in Rome!

Well worth the 1.5 hours. Small group, excellent guide. Something different that brought Ancient Rome alive

unique experience, strong story, fun due to diversity, also with children 13 and 15 years old

This was a highlight of our whole trip. I would consider it a “do not miss”