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Domus Aurea

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Address: Via della Domus Aurea, 1, 00184 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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Interesting archeological site which should be better in time

We decided to visit this site a few weeks before our trip. It was easy to buy tickets online. Situated behind the Colosseum, it wasn't difficult to find. Bring a jacket because it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We decided to visit this site a few weeks before our trip. It was easy to buy tickets online. Situated behind the Colosseum, it wasn't difficult to find. Bring a jacket because it does get quite cool underground, where the tour takes place. Our tour guide was excellent and was able to help us imagine what the original domus aurea... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a working excavation site so tours are extremely limited and only on Saturday and Sunday, but it is worth it. Nero's Palace was filled with Cement 2000 years ago and was rediscovered about 500 years ago but was only recently excavated to any extent. the frescoes inside while in need of cleaning are intact and you can see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is probably a little off the beaten track for most tourists to Rome, but if you're interested in Roman history, this is a prize find you won't want to miss. This place isn't really open to the public yet, so you'll have to book a tour in advance. What you'll get is a chance to visit one of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to book well in advance online to go into the Domus Aurea, Nero's Golden House. It's one of the few ancient places in Rome without big crowds and noise. It's best to read online about the Domus Aurea before you get there so you have some idea of how spectacular and massive it was.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One-third of the entrance ticket is put toward the restoration and preservation work being done here at Nero's Golden House. The tour is interesting and appealing, but research beforehand to completely understand the tour. Original frescoes, mosaics, and architecture make this absolutely breath-taking; the cool air and length of the tour make it a welcome respite from the heat of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fantastic opportunity to see an on-going archaeological excavation, and hard hats required! Tickets for a tour at the CoopCulture site http://www.coopculture.it/en/heritage.cfm?id=51 and tours held on weekends only. Generally, English tours must be booked well in advance. What can be seen provides a glimpse of what the palace must have been, even though only a small portion has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Domus Aurea week ago. We did not know that first Sunday of the months it is free entry, so it was nice surprise. We did not book in advance, the q to Colosseum was far too long so we decided to try Domus Aurea and managed to get tickets for english guided tour. Take a jacket, as it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My maps function (wrongly) put this attraction way on the other side of the park, so I thought I'd share exactly how to find it: across from the Colosseum (on the side where the Metro stop is), look for Viale della Domus Aurea. Go through the big gates which are the entrance to this road, and the park. Walk about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are interested in a fascinating glimpse into Roman history, take the time to book a visit to this archeological excavation! Small-group guided tours are available on the the weekends. We made our reservation online a few weeks in advance via the the coopculture.it website. When you make your reservation, you select which language (English, Italian or Spanish) and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Even though it has not yet been fully excavated, what little I saw was enough to indicate the grand scale of this place. The only way I could get in was to sign up for the Spanish tour, all others were fully booked. I couldn't understand a thing but there are other resources from which I referred to before and... More 

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