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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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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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Increadible treasure, must see!

An archeological site beyond scale. Very informed, intelligent and kind guide. If open to the public, do not miss for anything!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An archeological site beyond scale. Very informed, intelligent and kind guide. If open to the public, do not miss for anything!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting the Domus Aureus is a fascinating experience because you get to tour an active archeological site and you experience some of Nero's world in Rome. The site is near the Coliseum but you need to plan for and reserve tickets in advance. Enjoyable experience of touring the ruins and learning more about Nero. Worthwhile, but plan in advance. ...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We toured Nero's "House of Gold" on a Sunday afternoon with an archaeologist guide, Valeria. She explained the history, the architecture, and the archaeological process in excellent English with lots of detail. We really learned a lot about ancient Rome!

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This is a guided tour around a proper archaeolgical site which may or may not appeal to you. Tickets are in advance so be prepared for that. Given that Nero is most likely Rome's most well know and outrageous emperors, walking around this site gives a good indication into the lavish and excessive lifestyle he would have led - had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Domus Aurea means golden house and refers to Nero's Palace, which is an active archaeological dig. After Nero allegedly burned Rome he build his palace on three of Rome's seven hills - between 100 and 300 acres. After his death the house was considered so ostentatious it was stripped and buried. Two thirds of it is under modern construction or... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

My wife loves archeology. Me, not so much. But she insisted that we go to this attraction so I bought the tickets, thinking there should be something else more interesting. I was wrong. Our guide walked us through the ruins, pointing out frescos and explaining the rooms and function. The tour was very interesting and I am glad we got... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This is an outstanding place. Of course, this is an actual archaeological site, not the usual place to show the tourists pretty things, so be ready to wear a helmet and be a bit careful with some slippery floors. You have to book in advance and the tickets are slightly pricey, as this is a guided tour. The Spanish-speaking guide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I heard about this archeological site on a History Channel program on Rome shortly before leaving the US. I'm so glad I did because it was truly the highlight of our trip. The site is only open on weekends and you must book online. I understand it will be unavailable for tours after December 2015. You wear hard hats and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This was the one place in Rome which I did not rate that highly. I would have liked more history of Nero but our tour guide spent most of her time talking about green mould growing over mosaics and art work of the palace. However, the dome at the end of the tour is worth seeing for sure, it is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This maze of cavernous rooms gives us a glimpse of what Nero's pavilion might have been like, if it hadn't been looted and "buried" underneath Trajan's baths (interesting in themselves!). The guide was excellent at unravelling the complicated layers of history, and also one got an insight into the methods and science of the archeology involved - how the restoration... More 

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