Guided tour

Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: TICKETSTATION SRL

Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: TICKETSTATION SRL
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From US$ 36.84 per person

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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 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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Meeting point

Exchange your voucher with TOURISTATION staff who are located next to the gate of Via di Domus Aurea. Look for staff with a red jacket and an orange umbrella.

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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

Know before you go

  • Inside the domus the temperature is around 10 degrees. Appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 164 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5

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It is a remarkable archeological site - hard to wrap my head around how large and ornate the original complex was. I liked the small group size and the guide was excellent. There was a short movie and a virtual reality portion that greatly helped in filling in the history and provide a sense of what the original above ground domus aurea of Nero was like. Would recommend.

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November 13, 2022

This was one of the best tours we went on in Rome. I cannot recommend it enough, we had Christina as our tour guide. We had a mix up with the booking and the tour was double booked. But our guide came from the coliseum and gave a tour to remember. The virtual reality part was by far breathtaking and beyond unbelievable, so good I was trying to book it straight afterwards to see it all again. It’s a rich piece of history that not only is still a work in progress that when you buy a ticket a part of that money goes towards further excavation on the entire domus.

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November 6, 2022

A very friendly lady led our group. She explained everything very well and in a way that was easy to understand. There were also children and they really enjoyed the tour. The way she told it, you could imagine everything exactly. She was also able to correct old historical images about the "evil" Nero.

October 30, 2022

Product ID: 411719