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Domus Aurea

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Address: Via della Domus Aurea, Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06 397 499 07
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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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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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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44 helpful votes 44 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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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7 helpful votes 7 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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139 reviews 139 reviews
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
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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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I would this on your MUST see list. It is rarely open to visitors. It is cold and damp and you have to wear a hard hat. There are not a lot of frescos left but it is still amazing to walk through. It gives you a great sense of what they were able to do. It's an incredible opportunity... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Extremely unprofessional guide. We pre-booked a tour in English, but since the group was made up of around 18 Italians and only 4 non-Italians, the guide, Mihaela I., said she would "translate". The tour ended up being conducted 90% in Italian, and in some rooms she didn't says a single sentence in English. When asked about it at the end... More 

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We were extremely lucky as on the day we were leaving Rome, this attraction has re-opened for pre-booked guided tours only, which we had booked. Our tour guide was one of the archeologists, who's subject knowledge was excellent and had a passion for the projects and the finds - for me, it made the tour so much better. There have... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

If you are planning on a trip to Roma in the next few months, do yourself a favor and book a ticket on one of the tours of this incredible spot. Guided tours are given every weekend, and it is the only way to see the ruins of Nero's playground. Lined with frescos, still intact, the tour lasts a bit... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

It has a lot of history behind but it was a bit of a disappointment to get there and have everything off limits. It's a short walk from the coliseum but if it was marked down has being under a process of renovation, we would have done one less trip.

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