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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
star-4.5
$53.47 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Unique experience, great guide
I have been to Rome five times and have visited most of the popular sites multiple times. This was a unique experience with an excellent guide (Thomas) and some cool devices. Highly recommend it!
Vijay_S, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

star-5
Impressive
Merle_B, Jan 2023
Nero's Golden House restoration site tour+ VR experience
Amazing to see what has survived underground for 2000 years and hear the story of tge palace. The VR visualisation although brief was excellent.
star-5
Great experience
Wendy_S, Jan 2023
Golden House of Nero: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour
The interactive film was fantastic , the size of the ruins was impressive if you consider they were deliberately buried
star-5
Very interesting interactive tour
SERGIO_E, Dec 2022
Domus Aurea Tour, The Golden House of Nero
Amazing tour, very interesting. Enrica is an excellent tour guide, she gave a great explanation of the historical context. In addition to Enrica’s comments there is a virtual reality part of the tour which allows you to get a good sense of the size and look of the place at the time it was built. Thank you for a great tour.
star-5
Don’t miss it.
Emilio_W, Nov 2022
Nero's Golden House restoration site tour+ VR experience
Very historically insightful. Our spsnish speaking guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. An experience that can’t be missed if you want to understand the crazy life and death of emperor Nero.
star-5
Great tour with Guia
Alessandro_O, Nov 2022
Domus Aurea Tour, The Golden House of Nero
Great tour with Guia in a terrific place! We like the explanations and the mysteries still unresolved about the domus.
star-5
Great experience
Yvonne_M, Nov 2022
Golden House of Nero: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour
The guide was very informative, and knowledgeable. The virtual part made one feel as though you were there. The whole experience was fantastic.
star-5
Ancient Ruins Brought to Life
Arthur_Y, Oct 2022
Domus Aurea Tour-Golden House of an Emperor With VR Experience
Our tour guide was very good and the movie and VR experience really brought these ancient ruins to life.
star-5
Back to the Library!
JANETT_T, Nov 2022
Domus Aurea Tour, The Golden House of Nero
Domus Aurea prompted increased curiosity about the history of the Roman Empire -- a fabulously wealthy and powerful empire that left us few clues about the true dynamics of its society.
star-5
Tour of Nero's Domus Aurea was Indeed Golden
Nathan_G, Oct 2022
Domus Aurea Tour-Golden House of an Emperor With VR Experience
Great tour of what's left of Nero's palace. The tour takes only about an hour, but in that short time, you'll get to see amazingly preserved frescoes, hear interesting stories from an archaeologist guide, and, best of all, you'll be treated to a virtual reality tour of Nero's palace. That was definitely the highlight. It's like a form of time travel that will bring you back nearly two thousand years to wander through Nero's palace. You'll even exit through the front to view Rome as Nero would have seen it from his palace. Really neat. If I could give this tour six stars, I would, just for the virtual reality part.
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
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”
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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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