An offical guided tour of the ongoing restoration works of Nero's 'Golden House', the Domus Aurea of Ancient Rome.
“Very interesting site and our guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The 3D reconstruction was amazing we really enjoyed your tour thank you!”

JK, United Kingdom.
“One of the best tours available in Rome! Thrilling to be able to enter an archeological site and then to see the VR of the Domus. The video at the entrance is new and worth the stop to see the history of the site.”

MH, United States.

Domus Aurea.

Official guided tours.


Domus Aurea guided tour (includes e-book guide)

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A fully guided tour to view ongoing restoration at the Domus Aurea. Explore Nero's 'Golden Palace' and step back into Ancient Rome.

The tour lasts approximately 75 minutes and is available in English, French or Spanish on Saturdays and Sundays only. Group sizes are restricted to 23 visitors, and you'll be accompanied at all times by an official guide. The only way to discover this wonder of opulent Ancient Rome is as part of a guided tour.

From 24th March through to 10th January 2021, your ticket will include entrance to the exhibition Raphael and the Domus Aurea, 'The invention of the grotesque'.

Part of the tour offers a unique immersion in the day to day (though far from ordinary!) life of this incredible space via a series of virtual-reality and multimedia interludes. The exhibition begins towards the end of your visit and then continues in another space, one you'll be directed to at the end of the Domus tour. The exhibition can only be explored on the same day as your visit.

As of February 2017 the tours are even more special thanks to the introduction of multimedia presentations and 3D immersive technology that will give you the most amazing insights into the history of, and day to day happenings in, the Domus Aurea.

Please note that the 3D Oculus Rift headsets that are used as part of the virtual-reality time machine are not intended for prolonged use by children under the ages of 13, nor for anyone suffering from epilepsy or any serious eye conditions. Any and all multimedia commentaries are, for now, in English and Italian only.

The tour also includes a downloadable ebook guide in PDF, mobi and epub formats.

At a glance details:

  •     Voucher must be printed. You must print these vouchers in order to exchange them for your tickets - an email or a copy of the voucher on your phone or mobile device will not suffice.

  •     These are full skip-the-lines tickets, all fees and exhibitions included.

  •     Tours last approximately 75 minutes.

  •     Includes downloadable ebook guide.

  •     You'll meet at the main entrance to the Domus Aurea.

  •     The site is currently described as being 'partially accessible' to wheelchair users; given that restoration is ongoing, this tour is therefore not recommended.

  •     Please be sure to wear appropriate footwear and also take along a warm jacket, for the high levels of humidity underground as much as anything else.

    Domus Aurea guided tour (includes e-book guide)

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    5 stars
    FB, Italy
    4th Feb 2020
    sempre un priacere mandare gli amici ed vedere l'impressone su loro facia
    5 stars
    KM, United States
    10th Dec 2019
    The tour was fascinating, especially the 3D film recreating the palace.
    5 stars
    MM, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
    6th Dec 2019
    I never got the e-book guide
    5 stars
    DP, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
    28th Nov 2019
    The tour was great because of our guide Alex who was knowledgeable but flexible and funny. Everything was well organised and we really enjoyed ourselves.
    5 stars
    CK, United States
    12th Nov 2019
    Excellent! Innovative VR glasses really bring this amazing palace to life!
    5 stars
    TH, Germany
    5th Nov 2019
    great hidden site