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.

4.7 stars out of 5 from 392 ratings. See all 281 reviews

5 stars
TH, Germany
5th Nov 2019
great hidden site
5 stars
KJ, Germany
31st Oct 2019
A real highlight of Rome! With the use of audiovisual „glasses“ the site was wonderfully explained. Guide Donato was a real expert who ambitiously explained the palace . Thank you very much. My wife and me really want to come again in future.
5 stars
DD, United States
29th Oct 2019
Excellent sight with informative historical tour, great virtual reality segment
5 stars
ML, United States
10th Sep 2019
The guide was informative and had excellent English.
5 stars
LP, Spain
9th Aug 2019
Maravilloso!!!
5 stars
JL, United States
19th Jul 2019
This was a highlight of my entire trip.


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.