Domus Aurea: Nero's Golden House Guided Tour

381 Reviews
from €42.00 EUR
Duration: 1.5 Hours
 Organized by: Ticketstation SRL

Go into the Domus Aurea, or Golden House, created totally for pleasure by Emperor Nero, a man well-known for jaw-dropping acts of indulgence.

Join an expert guide to discover the Domus Aurea, or the Golden House, designed purely for the pleasure of Emperor Nero, and find out about the history of the site and its remaining riches on a walking tour.

After meeting the guide at the meeting point and exchanging your voucher for your entrance tickets, you can start discovering the Domus Aurea which must have been one of the most aesthetically breathtaking buildings ever constructed.

It is home to several decorative artworks such as mosaics, marble furnishings, and even a rotating dining room. You can listen to the tales about the richness in a house where everything was coated with gold and adorned with gems, shells, and ivory. As you walk, you can also learn about the extravagance of Nero during the construction of the Golden House, which included a 120-foot colossal statue of Nero in the vestibule.

Alongside the architecture, you can visit the peaceful lake, fields, vineyards, pastures, and woods filled with all kinds of wild and domestic animals, as well. At the end of the tour, you’ll understand why Nero was so charmed with the house that he declared “Finally, I begin to live in a house worthy of a man.”

What's Included
  • Visit Nero’s Golden House, or the Domus Aurea, and see the marvels on site,
  • Get the most out of your experience on a guided walking tour,
  • Learn about the site’s luxurious history and the excavations currently taking place there,
  • See the remains of the spectacular adornments including intricate frescos and marble walls,
  • Find out about the site’s underground lakes, spa baths, and rotating dining room.
Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation (up to 24 hours)

Useful Info

We shall never know for certain whether Nero caused the fire that devastated Rome in ad 64 or simply profited from it to seize 160ha (400 acres) of the gutted city to build himself the most luxurious residence ever seen in Rome.

All we can say is that the legend about Nero fiddling while Rome burned is apocryphal, and that no other European monarch has ever carved himself out a larger slice of his capital for his private use. Apart from the facade covered in solid gold, the Emperor’s pleasure palace had such refinements as baths with hot and cold running water either sea or fresh or fed from sulphur springs, hidden perfume sprays piped into the reception rooms, and a mechanical device for showering flower petals upon his banquet guests.

The gloomy chambers of the ruins of Nero’s palace are mostly underground today. Trajan built his public baths on top of the ruined Golden House when it too was destroyed by fire in ad 104.

Thirteen centuries later some of the rooms in the palace were rediscovered and the painted decorations caused an artistic sensation – it was the first time in over a thousand years that anyone had cast their eyes on the style that later became known as ‘Pompeian’. Raphael used the decorations as his model in the Vatican Loggie without knowing he had been copying wall paintings from Nero’s Palace.

As you walk through the cavernous cryptoporticus and through the octagonal hall a powerful pocket lamp will be invaluable in identifying the now much faded paintings. The famous Greek sculpture of Laocoon now in the Vatican museums was discovered here in pieces in 1506. It most likely formed part of Nero’s splendid art collection.

Review Rating
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star
Showing 1 - 1 of 1
Nearby Activities
Other Details
Duration (hour):
Your Budget:
House of Augustus, Colosseum and Roman Forum Guided Tour
72 Via delle Terme di Tito 0.18 km

from €209.00 EUR (group size)
Duration: 3.5 Hours
 Seller: Viator
4 Reviews

With this tour, you will not be sorry that you have missed the chance to see those houses before. Emperor Augustus is one of the most remarkable emperors in history. His palace was closed t […]
Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill: The Ultimate Priority Access Guide
Largo Gaetana Agnesi 0.25 km

from €49.60 EUR
Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
 Organized by: Crown Tours
44.568 Reviews

Embark on a captivating journey through time with our exclusive priority access tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Delve into the heart of ancient Rome, as you explore t […]
Private Tour
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Private Tour
Colosseo metro station (B/Blue Line) 0.25 km

from €349 EUR (per group up to 3)
Duration: 3 hours
 Organized by: City Wonders Ltd.
9 Reviews

Discover the rich history and unparalleled beauty of Ancient Rome with our specially curated private tour. Delve into the magnificent Colosseum, walk the timeless path of the Roman Forum, a […]
Standart Colosseum Ticket (24-hour)
Colosseum Entrance 0.26 km

from €18.00 EUR
Closest Date: July 18
Validity: 24-hour
 Seller: Parco archeologico del Colosseo

Unlock the gates of time with an exclusive 24-hour ticket that offers a seamless journey through Rome's most iconic landmarks: the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. This all-encomp […]
Colosseum Arena, Roman Forum and Piazza Navona Private Tour
1 Piazza del Colosseo 0.26 km

from €1200.00 EUR
Duration: 3.5 Hours
 Organized by: Enjoy Rome

You will certainly begin with the Roman Colosseum, the monument that was used for public shows and gladiatorial combat. Then you will certainly visit the Foro Romano (Roman Forum), site of […]
Colosseum Self Guided Tour with 3D Virtual Reality Experience
1 Piazza del Colosseo 0.27 km

from €67.90 EUR
Duration: 2 Hours
 Organized by: Ancient and Recent
786 Reviews

Prepare yourself to be immersed in the grandeur of ancient Rome with our exclusive Colosseum skip-the-line, self-guided virtual reality tour. Dive into the heart of one of the most iconic a […]
Colosseum VIP Early Morning Tour (Private Group)
Via del Colosseo, number 24 0.28 km

from €349.00 EUR
Duration: 75 Minutes
 Organized by: The Ultimate Italy
184 Reviews

Embark on an exclusive early morning tour of the Colosseum in Rome, a unique VIP experience set within a cozy group of just seven participants. Bypass the crowds, board a panoramic elevator […]
Rome: A Walk Through the City Center and Beer Tasting
Casa dell'Acqua Acea, Piazza del Colosseo, 58, 00184 Roma RM, Italia 0.28 km

from €69.90 EUR 
Duration: 3.5 hours
 Organized by: Rome Tours
3 Reviews

Experience Rome like never before, coupling iconic landmarks with the vibrant and emerging Italian craft beer scene. Our guided tour combines the awe-inspiring history of Rome's ancient cit […]
Colosseum Underground by Night Guided Tour (2 hours)
58 Piazza del Colosseo 0.29 km

from €109.00 EUR
Duration: 2 hours
 Organized by: Italy With Family
1.391 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing atmosphere of the Colosseum after dark, as you explore its intriguing underground dungeons and iconic arena floor, taking you on a journey through the he […]
Skip the Line Tour: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
1 Piazza del Colosseo 0.3 km

from €56.32 EUR 
Duration Options: 1-3 Hours
 Organized by: City Walkers Tours
16.838 Reviews

While you are looking around at the Colosseum, let your expert guide tell you everything about the history of this place, including the battles of gladiators with each other and with wild a […]