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Domus Aurea

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Address: Via della Domus Aurea, Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06 397 499 07
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Description: The imperial estate of Nero was built in 64AD, which is comprised of a...
The imperial estate of Nero was built in 64AD, which is comprised of a series of pavilions, set in an articulated garden with an artificial lake in its center.
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When I started visiting and exploring Rome "systematically" in 2007 I missed a visit to the Domus Aurea. Then it was closed until last winter - I booked a tour at once when I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The tour of the Domus Aurea was phenomenal. We donned hardhats because the tour is through an active excavation. This is one of the areas where Nero built his 60-hectare palace. It opened in 68AD. This area was the "party" area - he did not live here. Our tour guide had a Master's degree in archaeology and was extremely knowledgeable.... More 

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Erlangen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

When I started visiting and exploring Rome "systematically" in 2007 I missed a visit to the Domus Aurea. Then it was closed until last winter - I booked a tour at once when I knew I was going to be in Rome again. Since restauration is an ongoing process one never know for how long it will be accessible. The... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This active archaeological site is open on weekends. It is the remains of Nero's luxury palace complex. After his death, when Nero fell out of favour, the complex was stripped of marble, gold and the art work. There is not a lot of the beauty remaining. You need to have a good imagination. This wouldn't be for the person just... More 

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bournenmouth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Nero's palace currently undergoing extensive exploration and preservation open at weekends. You must book online first, all tours are guided and last 75 mins in selection of languages. Extensive site suggest do some research before hand but the Italian archeological guide was excellent and knew her stuff!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This is the first tourist site where I've had to wear a hard hat in order to visit! The Domus are the ruins of part of the Emperor Nero's grand palace that once dominated the center of classical Rome. Wishing to erase Nero's memory, subsequent emperors buried the place and used it as a foundation for later buildings and forums... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

First of all - you are not under the merciless Roman sun, but you still get to see ancient Rome. Secondly it is just recently reopened partially so you have to wear hard hat and follow a real archeologist for an hour. Thirdly your entrance ticket pays for the ultimate restoration project that will save the remaining of Nero's pleasure... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

BOOK EARLY. Domus Aurea has been closed for over 10 years now and is still undergoing extensive conservation and reconstruction. Tickets are available through Coop Cultura, which appears to be a state-sponsored tour company with exclusive access to Domus Aurea, the Colosseum (underground and 3rd ring) and other locations. The company is incredibly professional and PROMPT. As with most tours... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I'm rating this as excellent in anticipation! We didn't get to see Nero's extravaganza but I'll comment anyway....it is only open Saturday and Sunday! We arrived in Rome for a short visit on Sunday night and left Friday, blast! I should have done more research. Be warned also, it is dreadfully poorly signposted. When you pass the Colosseum and see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This is not the museum, but a real restauration area. Once the wall crumbled here and rains causes water flow and whole site is closed to visit - thanks to park above your head. You have to wear a helmet prior to step in:) So, they starts a project to remove all the park and build a new one -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This is a must see, can't miss tour in Rome. The ruins of Nero's Domus Aurea are being excavated and restored by archaeologists, and they are running guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of August. The guide takes you down into the ruins, explaining the history of the Domus Aurea, Nero's reign as Emperor of the Roman... More 

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Address: Address: Via della Domus Aurea, Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06 397 499 07
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Monti

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