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  • Colosseum and Archaeological Park of Rome Tour

    1. Colosseum and Archaeological Park of Rome Tour

    Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum is one of the most famous monuments in the world. Opened to the public with a solemn inauguration that lasted 100 days, it was used for gladiatorial fights (murena), wild animal hunts (venationes) and, with the arena filled with water, simulated sea battles (naumachiae). Built where there had been an artificial lake of the Nerone’s Domus Aurea, it had a capacity for approximately 73,000 people with a large awning (velarium) which protected the spectators from the sun and the rain.  It’s 2,000 years old, but the Colosseum remains a symbol of the Eternal City. The Palatine, with the development of Rome and the continued embellishment of the Forum, due to its close proximity to the seat of power, became a fashionable place to live and the most exclusive neighborhood where  emperors and patrician famil...

  • Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Private Tour with Circus Maximus

    2. Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Private Tour with Circus Maximus

    Chart a course from the tribal beginnings of Rome to its evolution into one of the most powerful empires of all time. Start your journey by exploring one of the largest triumphal arches in Roman history, the Arch of Constantine the Great, before a guided tour around the Roman forum.  Walk the paths of Roman citizens and emperors, and visit Palatine Hill, where Romulus and Remus are said to have founded the city. Learn how it later became one of the most exclusive areas in Ancient Rome. Take a closer look at the archaeological ruins in the very heart of the empire. Hear about the Vestal Virgins, and see the pagan temple of the Goddess Vesta where they served. Learn about the Basilica Julia and the penal system of Rome and it’s effects on Christianity. See the Temple of Castor and Pollux and the Arch of Titus, and learn about the sacking of Jerusalem. Later, discover the Senate House, w...

  • Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Tour

    3. Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Tour

    After meeting your tour guide, explore Palatine Hill, the site of an older settlement from the 9th century BC. Enjoy an impressive view of the Circus Maximus and the valley of the Roman Forum. Learn about the legend of Romulus and Remus, the abandoned brothers raised by a wolf who fought each other for power and control. Next, visit the Roman Forum, one of the most important archaeological areas in the world. The site is home to ancient Rome's most evocative ruins, including the Temple of Julius Caesar, the Arch of Titus, and the Basilica of Maxentius. Finally, admire the Roman Forum's Sacred Way, the triumphal road where the Centurions of Caesar marched after their return from countless battles and conquests.

  • Rome: Small-Group Domus Aurea and Colosseum VR Tour

    4. Rome: Small-Group Domus Aurea and Colosseum VR Tour

    Start your tour by skipping the long lines and heading straight into the Colosseum. Here, witness what was once a site for gladiator battles, animal fights, and mass crucifixions. With your Virtual Reality glasses, enjoy 360-degree views of this impressive arena to fully comprehend its former grandeur. As you climb up the stairs, enter the seating areas where over 50,000 cheering Roman spectators sat as they watched the dramatic battles below.  Next, head down the street through the Colle Oppio park towards Emperor Nero’s Golden Palace – the Domus Aurea. In the company of an expert art history or archaeology guide, walk through the palace which is currently an active excavation site. Witness Ancient Rome's extreme wealth and power as you admire Nero's pavilions, lakes, parks, and temples through impressive Augmented Reality reconstructions. Walk through the many rooms and corridors and ...

  • Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

    5. Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

    Chart a course through the archaeological tribal beginnings of Rome and its evolution into one of the most powerful empires of all time. Start your journey by exploring one of the largest triumphal arches in Roman history: the Arch of Constantine the Great, before meandering through the sites of the Roman Forum. Walk the paths of the Roman citizens and emperors, and visit the hill where the legend of Romulus and Remus established the foundation of the city: Palatine Hill. Learn how it later became one of the most exclusive areas of Ancient Rome. Take a closer look at the archaeological ruins in the very heart of the empire. Hear about the Vestal Virgins and see their gardens and the pagan temple of the Goddess Vesta they served. Learn about the Basilica Julia and the penal system of Rome and it’s effects on Christianity. See the temple of Castor and Pollux and the Arch of Titus and lea...

    This was a great tour! The whole archeological area is beautiful and the guide made it even more fascinating with all the facts and history he delivered. The group kept making questions and he answered all of them. Very impressed by the overall experience

  • Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Tour with Circus Maximus

    6. Roman Forum and Palatine Hill: Tour with Circus Maximus

    Chart a course from the tribal beginnings of Rome to its evolution into one of the most powerful empires of all time. Start your journey by exploring one of the largest triumphal arches in Roman history: the Arch of Constantine the Great, before meandering through the sites of the Roman Forum. Walk the paths of Roman citizens and emperors, and visit the hill where the legend of Romulus and Remus established the foundation of the city: Palatine Hill. Learn how it later became one of the most exclusive areas of Ancient Rome. Take a closer look at the archaeological ruins in the very heart of the empire. Hear about the Vestal Virgins and see their gardens and the pagan temple of the Goddess Vesta they served. Learn about the Basilica Julia and the penal system of Rome and it’s effects on Christianity. See the temple of Castor and Pollux and the Arch of Titus, and learn about the sacking ...

  • Rome Airport Transfer & Private 3-Hour City Tour by Car

    7. Rome Airport Transfer & Private 3-Hour City Tour by Car

    Book your private airport transfer from the Rome airport and enjoy a tour of the city by luxury car as well, on this service that’s priced for a group of up to 3 passengers. If you’re not sure what you’d like to see in Rome you can choose one of the following options: Discover Ancient Rome Your tour begins at the ancient Circus Maximus, situated between the Palatine and Aventine hills, and continues on to the Roman Forum, which was the center of public life in ancient Rome. Admire the Domus Aurea, the golden house built by Nerone after the great fire of 64 A.D. and end with a visit to the Ara Pacis, an altar dedicated to the Roman goddess of Peace. Discover Modern Rome On this tour you’ll see the highlights of dynamic, modern Rome. Ride in comfort as you admire the contemporary architecture of the city. Zaha Hadid, Richard Meier, Renzo Piano, and Fuxas...

  • Discovering Historic Rome: Half-Day Private Tour by Car

    8. Discovering Historic Rome: Half-Day Private Tour by Car

    Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire on a private tour by car, following an historical itinerary that can be tailored to a specific site you want to see. Your driver will collect you from your hotel and take you on a journey full of architectural treasures. Follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors, gladiators, charioteers and the everyday citizens of Rome, as you drive to the Circus Maximus, Colosseum and Roman Forum. Traveling by comfortable car, relax as you explore the views from Palatine Hill. Go to the ruins of the Domus Aurea (“Golden House”), the porticoed villa built by Emperor Nero on the hills of Rome after the great fire of 64AD. End at the Ara Pacis near to the River Tiber, and see the remarkable friezes and historic altar dedicated to the Roman goddess of Peace. A tour guide is not included, a suggestion may be to bring a guidebook. Remember to check on the websit...

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What people are saying about Domus Aurea

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 45 reviews

We had one of the first tours since it reopened. We were very happy with the choice. We have two children, aged eight and ten, whom we had already put on a lot. But they also thought the tour was good. Our guide Silvia really knows everything about Rome and the Romans. I was a little educated but without the guide I would not have appreciated the Roman Forum and the hill.

This was a great tour! The whole archeological area is beautiful and the guide made it even more fascinating with all the facts and history he delivered. The group kept making questions and he answered all of them. Very impressed by the overall experience

Very interesting tour, Helena did a great job! I appreciated the use of earphones even if the group was very small, gave me the chance to take photos without missing the info

Excellent guide (Helena) and very professional and friendly staff. The tour took about 1 hour and a half. I loved it and my 15 y-old son is still talking about it

Sabrina was an exellent guide with ready answers and loads of knowledge