Learn the history of what should have been just one of one of the most aesthetically overwhelming structures ever before created, once home to high-ends like mosaics, marble furnishings, and even a rotating dining room.
In the 15th cen., one unsuspecting man slid through a crack in the hillside and fell into a secret underground chamber. Typically, this would certainly be a poor thing. Luckily for him however, he ended up in the psychopathic Emperor Nero’s magnificent home, hidden underground for centuries. That recognized if anyone would certainly have found it otherwise?
Eventually, local artists and popular European numbers like Michelangelo, Casanova, and the Marquis de Sade followed, till the elaborate frescoes, ceilings and vaults were no longer such a secret.
Currently an active ancient site, you’ll still get a taste for what this location once appeared like when you enter with your guide. Sniff around and learn what took place within these very walls.
- Meet your Tiqets depictive, that will be wearing a Tiqets top or holding a Tiqets flag, in front of Domus Aurea and reveal them your mobile phone ticket,
- Skip-the-line entry to Domus Aurea,
- 60-minute English academic guided trip with Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headsets.
Cancellations and changes are not possible for this ticket.
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.