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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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Domus Aurea has reopened to the public only a short while ago. It's only available to a select number of travelers per visit and only on the weekend given that it is an open and... read more

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Cantley, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Domus Aurea has reopened to the public only a short while ago. It's only available to a select number of travelers per visit and only on the weekend given that it is an open and working archaeological site. This is a true and rare find given that much of the more popular areas have been excavated. But the Domus Aurea... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The ~90 minute walking tour of the Domus Aurea (Golden House) excavation is great. As other reviewers have stated, Nero built this and after he died, it was covered up by Trajan's baths. Since this is an active site, you can only tour on the weekends. We reserved an English tour and really loved it. Don't try to find it... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the palace of Emperor Nero which was buried by another Emperor who built his palace on top of it. During the week they are still actively excavating the site. At weekends you can go on a guided tour which I would definitely advise booking in advance. We booked online and the staff were very helpful when we arrived.... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were in Rome during December 2014. We wanted to visit this site but didn't know reservations for tours are the only way to do it. We returned to Rome a year later and my husband pre-booked a tour. This place is absolutely amazing and you only get to see a small portion of it. The description... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Travelling with an italian friend he suggested to visit Domus Aurea and someone else had told him it was a special thing. This place is not only an extraordinary archeological gem, but a place with an extra provided but the story of its "rediscovering". The best is probably not to know much about it before going. I have never felt... More 

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Hearst, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

It is an amazing place to visit. You should book a guided tour inside the Domus because it is over there where the magic happens. Outside you won't see so much, but once inside you will be breathless. Contact the official tourism website of rome and speak with them, I found out it is the best and easiest way to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

This fairly recently opened site offers a unique look at emperors Nero and Trajan's grandour and vision. Unfortunately, one obliterates the other's achievement. Nonetheless, Roman Empire at its highest and best. The guided tour is magnificent.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Maybe it was fatigue from a full day of travel the day before. Or maybe it was because I am not an archeology buff. Or perhaps it was my guide, who although knowledgeable and very passionate, spoke too quickly in broken English such that I could only understand about 1/3 of what she was saying. Or maybe it was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

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 November 6, 2015

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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