Rome,
Domus Aurea.

Official tour tickets.

 
Nero's 'Golden House' is still only open at weekends, and still may only be explored as part of a guided tour. The recently included virtual reality sections give an amazing insight into Ancient Roman life.
“The tour guide was excellent. We have visited the Domus Aurea before but did not clearly understand its design. Your tour guide explained everything very well. Please pass on our thanks”.

SP, United Kingdom.
“This is a stunning tour, with Federica an outstanding, energetic, knowledgeable guide”. Marco, United States.

“Most amazing tour. I have traveled a lot but this is the first time I have seen VR incorporated into a tour. Awesome!” AB, United States

October 2014 and, after eight years it is finally possible to see some of this incredible place, albeit it in a limited fashion for the time being. Emperor Nero's 'Golden House' was a staggeringly large and ornate palace, built in the heart of Rome as a place for pure entertainment, an estimated 300 rooms, none of which were for sleeping. The size is an estimate, as large areas remain unexcavated.

Restoration is ongoing (2018 was the projected time for all works to be finished) but at least there's now the possibility of seeing how things are progressing, as part of an official guided tour. Work largely stops at weekends and we're able to offer limited spaces on guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays. Please click on the calendar to see what's currently available.

All tours are fully-inclusive, all are skip-the-line. We try to arrange many different tours that take in the Domus Aurea, but availability is very limited - please use our calendar above to check what's available. We have some visitor information and history on this page.

4.8 stars out of 5 from 335 ratings. See all 239 reviews

5 stars
MG, United States
14th Mar 2019
This is a fantastic tour. We especially appreciated that tour groups are limited, and don't overlap each other. The virtual reality enactment was spectacular, and I wish it could be longer. It was a highlight of our trip to Italy. Thanks!
5 stars
MK, United States
11th Mar 2019
Excellent tour and guide!
5 stars
DB, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
9th Mar 2019
A lesser known venue but one not to me missed.
5 stars
JW, United States
2nd Mar 2019
Excellent guide, stunning site, wonderful virtual reality show. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome.
5 stars
B.M., United States
13th Feb 2019
The guide was just fabulous. Very knowledgeable and very interesting.
5 stars
SP, United Kingdom (Great Britain)
3rd Feb 2019
The tour guide was excellent. We have visited the Domus Aurea before but did not clearly understand its design. Your tour guide explained everything very well. Please pass on our thanks.


After many years of being closed due to instability, many areas of the Domus Aurea - Nero's Golden House in Rome - are once more open to visitors. Restoration work is ongoing and, until works are finished, these tours only run at weekends.
A fully-guided tour (that also includes some state-of-the-art virtual reality elements) is run by our own expert guides - you can get a glimpse of what to expect in this short video.