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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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The former house of the Emperor Nero!

Although it is all ruins now, this place was home to the most famous Emperor of the world: Nero! Here he could enjoy a great view of the city due to its privileged location in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The despised Nero's villa was buried by Trajan, who put his baths on top of the villa and the Coliseum on Nero's lake. The villa was rediscovered by early renaissance painters who tunneled in, saw the frescoes, and proceeded to paint frescoes in a similar style in 15th, 16th and 17th century palaces. This is truly a place that marked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

An amazing finding. Just imagining how it would have been is astonishing. Walking through a live unfinished excavation, looking around the long corridors and rooms, and all this under the earth, an experience not to miss. Just one thing though. It is quite cold inside (do not forget to bring a jacket with you).

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

After the CoopCulture archaeological site Underground Colosseum tour that I did last year, I was expecting a lot from the Domus Aurea archaeological tour, and I was so disappointed! (I think that I went on the last possible day, so this review may be moot.) You couldn't see anything at the Domus Aurea, and the tour guide, I assume an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I really enjoyed visiting Domus Aurea. A part of Nero's palace and foundations of Trajan's baths can be visited. Currently this place is still part of archeological excavations so it's only possible to visit on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am. There are only guided tours, some of them in English. You can buy tickets directly at Domus Aurea, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The remains of Nero's golden palace, now preserved below the remains of the later Trajanic baths. Quite incredible archaeological survival which is well worth a visit. Recommend booking the tour on-line prior to travelling to the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I first got into the Domus Aurea in 2006 when it was closed. The then custodian let my wife and I in, in exchange for what would have been the real entrance fee. It was a fascinating experience but it was dark and not really easy to see much. Imagine my annoyance in February 2015 to discover on a Friday... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Although it is all ruins now, this place was home to the most famous Emperor of the world: Nero! Here he could enjoy a great view of the city due to its privileged location in the heart of the Palatine Hill! A quick stop-by here will give you the glimpse you need on your way to the Coliseum!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I had heard about the Domus Aurea in 1994 from a tour guide who remembered visiting it in the 60's and ever since I have wanted to see it but it is always closed due to flooding. It is essentially a place that is disappearing due to the increase in rainfall- see it soon before it drips away

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

After two weeks of reflection on my first trip to Rome, I can say I was the most moved and impressed by the underground tour of Nero's summer palace, located near the Colosseum and open only weekends. The English-speaking archeologist who was our tour guide was a passionate advocate for the preservation of this underground treasure. I expected darkness and... More 

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