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Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour

1. Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Walking Tour

Join an expert guide and discover the Domus Aurea, or Golden House, designed purely for pleasure by Emperor Nero. Hear about the history of the site and its former riches on a walking tour. Meet your guide at the meeting point and exchange your voucher for your entrance tickets. Then, enter the Domus Aurea and discover what must have been one of the most aesthetically overwhelming buildings ever created, home to luxuries like mosaics, marble furnishings, and even a rotating dining room. As you walk with your official guide, learn about the extravagance of Nero and the Golden House, which included a colossal 120-foot statue of Nero in the vestibule. Marvel at the tales of luxury in a house where everything was coated with gold and adorned with gems, shells, and ivory. Find out about the on-site lake, fields, vineyards, pastures, and woods filled with all kinds of wild and domestic animals. At the end of your tour, you'll understand why Nero was so pleased with the house, declaring, "Finally I begin to live in a house worthy of a man."

Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Group Tour

2. Rome: Domus Aurea Guided Group Tour

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to explore one of the most exclusive ancient sites in Rome throughout a special guided visit to the opulent Golden House of Nero. Experience the magnificent architecture of the notorious emperor’s vast palace, which was a vivid symbol of his immense ego. After a fire devastated the capital of the Roman Empire in 64 A.D., the emperor had his architects fashion an immense dwelling over the smoldering remains of the devastated city. What they came up with was awe-inspiring, with scarcely believable highlights including a rotating dining room open to the starry night sky and a massive artificial lake. Unfortunately for Nero, the good times didn’t last long. In 68 A.D., the emperor’s wicked ways caught up with him and he was forced to commit suicide. Nero’s immense party pad was bulldozed by his successors in an attempt to erase the memory of the despised despot almost before the paint had even dried. His artificial lake was also filled in, in its place the Flavian Amphitheatre was erected only a few years later. The fabulous Domus Aurea, with its wonderful succession of spacious rooms and soaring vaults decorated with stunning frescoes, lay buried and forgotten for centuries beneath the earth. After a long and meticulous restoration, the surviving rooms of Nero’s Golden House are once again open to visitors. As you make your exciting descent into the eerie excavated remains of Nero’s Golden House today, you’ll be journeying back in time to the extravagant heyday of the Roman empire. Learn all about the fascinating life and times of Nero in the company of a guide.

Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

3. Rome: Roman Forum, Palatine, and Circus Maximus Tour

Chart a course through the archaeological tribal beginnings of Rome and its evolution into one of the most powerful empires of all time. Start your journey by exploring one of the largest triumphal arches in Roman history: the Arch of Constantine the Great, before meandering through the sites of the Roman Forum. Walk the paths of the Roman citizens and emperors, and visit the hill where the legend of Romulus and Remus established the foundation of the city: Palatine Hill. Learn how it later became one of the most exclusive areas of Ancient Rome. Take a closer look at the archaeological ruins in the very heart of the empire. Hear about the Vestal Virgins and see their gardens and the pagan temple of the Goddess Vesta they served. Learn about the Basilica Julia and the penal system of Rome and it’s effects on Christianity. See the temple of Castor and Pollux and the Arch of Titus and learn about the sacking of Jerusalem. Later, discover the Senate House, where senators met to decide the fate of the Roman Republic and how that climaxed with the murder and cremation of Julius Caesar. Enjoy breathtaking views over the Colosseum and Circus Maximus and stay in the Roman Forums as long as you wish at the end of your official tour. During your booking, you may choose the option to extend your Ancient Rome experience by adding an extra 30-minute tour of the Circus Maximus, overseeing it from the scenic terrace of the Palatine Hill.

Ancient Rome Private Walking Tour

4. Ancient Rome Private Walking Tour

See the best ancient Rome had to offer in this 3-hour walking tour with a dedicated personal tour guide to show you all the important highlights. Itinerary: Meet your guide at the ColosseumGo to the second ring where you can admire a panoramic view of the insides of the monuments, overlooking the square below, with a birds eye view of the large base and of the remains of the colonnade and the walls of the largest roman temple dedicated to Venus and Rome. With the street of the Imperial Fora on one side and the Arch of Constantine, the Palatine Hill and Via Triumphalis on the other side.Once out of the Colosseum get a closer look at the arch of Constantine, going towards the Velian Hill, through the Arch of Titus and up to the Palatine Hill one of the most ancient parts of the city.Pass through an underground tunnel of the Domus Aurea and arrive at the square of the Forum where you can expect breathtaking views.Then proceed to the Roman Forum, the old centre of public life, with the Basilica of Maxentius, the House of Vestals, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina and the Altar of Caesar.

Discovering Historic Rome: Half-Day Private Tour by Car

5. Discovering Historic Rome: Half-Day Private Tour by Car

Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire on a private tour by car, following an historical itinerary that can be tailored to a specific site you want to see. Your driver will collect you from your hotel and take you on a journey full of architectural treasures. Follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors, gladiators, charioteers and the everyday citizens of Rome, as you drive to the Circus Maximus, Colosseum and Roman Forum. Traveling by comfortable car, relax as you explore the views from Palatine Hill. Go to the ruins of the Domus Aurea (“Golden House”), the porticoed villa built by Emperor Nero on the hills of Rome after the great fire of 64AD. End at the Ara Pacis near to the River Tiber, and see the remarkable friezes and historic altar dedicated to the Roman goddess of Peace. A tour guide is not included, a suggestion may be to bring a guidebook. Remember to check on the website the opening times of the location you want to visit and the price of entrance ticket.  Entrance fees are not included.

Rome Airport Transfer & Private 3-Hour City Tour by Car

6. Rome Airport Transfer & Private 3-Hour City Tour by Car

Book your private airport transfer from the Rome airport and enjoy a tour of the city by luxury car as well, on this service that’s priced for a group of up to 3 passengers. If you’re not sure what you’d like to see in Rome you can choose one of the following options: Discover Ancient Rome Your tour begins at the ancient Circus Maximus, situated between the Palatine and Aventine hills, and continues on to the Roman Forum, which was the center of public life in ancient Rome. Admire the Domus Aurea, the golden house built by Nerone after the great fire of 64 A.D. and end with a visit to the Ara Pacis, an altar dedicated to the Roman goddess of Peace. Discover Modern Rome On this tour you’ll see the highlights of dynamic, modern Rome. Ride in comfort as you admire the contemporary architecture of the city. Zaha Hadid, Richard Meier, Renzo Piano, and Fuxas are a few of the important architects inspired by Rome, and they have created a new artistic chapter for the Eternal City. You’ll visit the MACRO, the MAXXI, the Auditorium, and the Ara Pacis Museum. The location of these attractions, outside the better-known historic center, provides an opportunity to explore different areas of the city. Shopping Tour Visit the main shopping streets in Rome on this tour option. In just a few hours you’ll enjoy an exciting shopping experience. Your driver will not only take you the shops in the center of the city but also to the top outlets in the countryside. A tour guide is not included, a suggestion may be to bring a guidebook. Remember to check on the website the opening times of the location you want to visit and the price of entrance ticket. Entrance fees are not included.

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What people are saying about Domus Aurea

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 54 reviews

The meeting point is easy to find and there are toilets in the tourist information centre for €1 . The tour started on time and we entered the Forum straight away. Giovanni spoke through a headset which was clear. He was very well informed and described the function of the Forum, the Temples, The Senate and many other monuments. He answered any questions we had really thoroughly. I would have found it useful to have a timeline of the different Emperor’s. We walked for 2 hours and you need to bring water; there are small water jets that you can fill your bottle up with. Also you could bring a snack as there are plenty of shady places to sit after the tour and enjoy the view. There are toilets at the top of the Palatine Hill and also in the museum church . I really enjoyed this tour!

The “Get Your Guide” employee was anticipating our arrival and made to sure meet us to give us our vouchers to exchange for our tickets. The tour was extremely informative and interesting!

Very nice, extensive tour. We missed the AR/VR glasses with the corresponding pictures, videos and explanations.

All was fine. Interesting place full of history. The guide was nice

We found the background noise from the media to be very annoying.