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Domus Aurea is the former home of Emperor Nero built on the Oppian Hill after the great fire in 64 AD destroyed a major part of the city. Also known as Nero’s Golden House, Domus Aurea now stands as testimony to the glorious and historic past of Rome. Read on to know more about why you should take the Domus Aurea tours, what you can see there, how to reach the attraction, the facilities available, and more.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
One of the most beautifully preserved rooms in the Domus Aurea is the Octagonal Room. This eight-sided room opens into five small chambers with remains of frescoes in some of them, and also has an opening for light to come in. The room was believed to have been covered in mosaics and used as a dining room to host parties.
Another interesting and carefully preserved room inside the palace is the Domus Aurea Convivium Room, which continues to maintain its original wall paint and mosaic floor. Historians believe that the room was painted black to hide the stains that the smoke from the open fire would create on the walls.
The Domus Aurea is home to some beautiful frescoes and mosaics, most of which are damaged and continue to pose a challenge to archaeologists wanting to preserve them. You will be able to spot them with the help of good lighting and an expert guide. Some of the notable ones include the Pompeian-style frescoes, depictions of Anubis, and the Hector and Andromache frescoes.
One of the most prominent mosaics is one that depicts Ulysses and Polyphemus located on the vault of the Nymphaeum inside Domus Aurea. Located high on the ceiling, this octagonal artwork with gold leaf traces is important because it is one of the first and finest examples of figurative mosaics. It depicts Ulysses offering some wine to Polyphemus.
The south of the Domus Aurea is home to the magnificent gardens of the Colle Oppio Pavilion. Soak in the breathtaking views of the surrounding lake, vineyards, ornamental fountains, and fields that have remained almost untouched since Emperor Nero's day. The gardens span over 125 acres and extend into parklands and lakes.
Domus Aurea is open from Friday to Sunday from 9 AM to 6:15 PM.
Closed: It remains closed from Monday to Thursday.
Entry to the Domus Aurea is limited therefore you will not experience too many crowds either in the high season or low season. You are advised to book your tickets in advance to secure your spot at the Domus Aurea when you visit.
Address: Via della Domus Aurea, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
You can reach Domus Aurea via bus, metro, or taxi.
There are two entrances to the Domus Aurea - Via della Domus Aurea and Via di Serapide.
The Via della Domus Aurea is located just a few steps away from the Colosseum while Via di Serapide is located near the Colle Oppio Pavilion.
Here are a few restaurants near Domus Aurea for you to dine at:
A. Yes. Domus Aurea tickets are available online. Book in advance to secure your spot on your Domus Aurea visit.
A. The Domus Aurea tour tickets include access to the palace, an expert guide fluent in English and Italian, and a virtual reality experience depicting the glorious past of the ancient Roman attraction.
A. No. Currently, there are no discounts available on Domus Aurea tickets.
A. The Domus Aurea tour tickets cannot be cancelled or rescheduled.
A. Domus Aurea is a palace built by Emperor Nero Claudius in 64 AD.
A. The Domus Aurea tour tickets include access to the Octagonal Room, the beautiful gardens of Colle Oppio Pavilion, Domus Aurea Convivium Room, and the stunning frescoes and mosaics drawn on the walls and ceilings of the palace.
A. There are no skip-the-line tickets available for Domus Aurea tours since entry to the attraction is limited to 20-25 visitors at a time.
A. It takes about 1 hour 15 minutes to complete a Domus Aurea tour.
A. Domus Aurea is open from Friday to Sunday from 9 AM to 6:15 PM.
A. The Domus Aurea is located in Parco del Colle Oppio (also known as the Oppian Hill Park) in Rome, Italy.