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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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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Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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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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Dublin, Ireland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Niantic, Connecticut
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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Newly excavated all underground. Get to wear a yellow safety helmet, don't need them but its fun. Only open at weekends for guided tours.

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Rome, Italy
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92 reviews 92 reviews
11 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We had wanted to visited the Domus Aurea for some time and were thrilled when we learned it was open (briefly) for tours again. As of now, tours only go through late February/beginning of March, and then it will close again so that workers can continue to repair and restore this amazing site. Be aware that you need to book... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This site is currently open only on weekends, and offers tours every 15 minutes or so. You can go directly to the office in the entrance and ask for the tour, which takes a bit more than one hour. Inside you will learn about the history of this Nero's palace and see a lot of beautiful frescoes. A magnificent piece... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We did the tour and it was brilliant. Book in advance and make sure you wear warm clothes as it was cold down there. The tour left me wanting to know more and that is always a good sign. Fantastic guide as well.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The Domus Aurea is the vast palace built by Nero, which once extended from the Foro Romano, across to the north of the Colosseum (once his lake for mock-naval battles) and to the foot of the Esquiline Hill. It's at this last point that you can visit what was once a splendid wing of south-facing rooms, loggias and gardens. But... More 

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