Guided tour

Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour

4.6 / 5

92 reviews

Activity provider: TICKETSTATION SRL

Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: TICKETSTATION SRL
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From US$ 35.68 per person

Likely to sell out

Explore Domus Aurea, the sumptuous home built at the behest of Roman Emperor Nero, on a guided walking tour. Visit what remains of the site and learn about its colorful history with an official guide.

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Duration 1 hour
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Live tour guide
Italian, English
Audio guide included
Italian, English

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Nero’s Golden House, the Domus Aurea, and marvel at its luxurious past
  • Get the most out of your experience on a walking tour with an official guide
  • Learn about the site's wild history and the excavations taking place there today
  • See the remains of former luxuries including intricate frescos and marble walls
  • Hear about the site's underground lakes, spa baths, and rotating dining room
Full description

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."

Includes
  • Reserved entrance to Domus Aurea
  • Guided walking tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet at the entrance to Via di Domus Aurea to exchange your voucher for an entry ticket. Show your voucher to the Touristation staff carrying an orange umbrella next to the gate.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 92 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5

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We enjoyed the tour and the tour guide was knowledgeable and readily answered questions. The service to get into Domus Aureus was not well defined. The text we received stated to meet at 1:45 at the street corner gate to get entry passes from a member of your staff who would carry an umbrella, and walk us up to the Domus entry gate. As no one showed up, we walked up the hill and found your staff member at the Domus entry, got our tour tickets, and made the tour. But we could have missed it, if we had wait until 2:00 at the street level for tickets staffer

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July 27, 2022

Even though we didn't get to the meeting point with the guide last time and didn't want to delay the others, I can highly recommend it to others interested in this landmark. I had a great experience with her last year. Great animations from the PC, which come close to the original form of the building in historical realities, are a wonderful aid to the visitor's imagination.

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July 25, 2022

The Domus Aurea was my favorite tour of my vacation in Italy. This is a must see! Firsthand history at an active archaeological site. Small groups. Informative and knowledgable guides. Cool temperatures since it is underground. And the Virtual Reality video brought Nero's Golden House to life. The historian in me was completely captivated for the entire tour. I wish I could show the VR to my students. If you love Ancient Roman History, this is not be be missed.

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July 22, 2022

Product ID: 411719