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Domus Aurea, Rome
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The Domus Aurea was a large landscaped portico villa built by the Emperor Nero in the heart of ancient Rome, after the great fire in A.D. 64 had cleared away the aristocratic dwellings on the slopes of the Palatine Hill.InformationConstructionBuilt of brick and concrete in the few years between the fire and Nero's suicide in 68, the extensive gold leaf that gave the villa its name was not the only extravagant element of its decor: stuccoed ceilings were faced with semi-precious stones and ivory veneers, while the walls were frescoed, coordinating the decoration into different themes in each major group of rooms. Pliny the Elder watched it being built and mentions it in his Naturalis Historia.Suetonius claims this of Nero and the Domus Aurea: When the edifice was finished in this style and he dedicated it, he deigned to say nothing more in the way of approval than that he was at last beginning to be housed like a human being.Though the Domus Aurea complex covered parts of the slopes of the Palatine, Esquiline and Caelian hills, with a man-made lake in the marshy bottomlands, the estimated size of the Domus Aurea is an approximation, as much of it has not been excavated. Some scholars place it at over 300acre, while others estimate its size to have been under 100acre. Suetonius describes the complex as "ruinously prodigal" as it included groves of trees, pastures with flocks, vineyards and an artificial lake—rus in urbe, "countryside in the city".
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  • The visit of the domus aurea was a wonderful experience. Led by a very competent archaeologist we had a blast from the past. Extraordinary realizing what was supposed to be, shutting his eyes seemed almost to be there at the time of Nero and to enjoy all that beauty. Recommended
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  • Not far from the chaos of the Coliseum is this magnificent archaeological gem still not invaded by tourist hordes with prior reservation quota and duty visits (on the site COOPCULTURE and costs 10 euro). Despite the difficulties arising from the lack of funding of the Superintendent and by the fact that the site is a real construction site, the visit is organized really well with experienced guides and enthusiasts. All paths are agile and well kept. On the historical and artistic importance of the place I do not dwell: I will just say that if you go to Rome try to reserve your visit! So worth it! PS the site is pretty cool and there is very humid: recommended dress warmly. Calculated that the visit lasts about 80 minutes, though the path may vary depending on the progress of archaeological site
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  • Visit the Domus Aurea, and especially visit with an experienced guide, is the best you can do to learn about the world of the ancient Romans. We were lucky enough to have for pink Guide to proven to be prepared, personable and passionate. Brava Pink! And thank you! The villa is only making the reservation on the website of coopculture and costs 10 euro per person, except the first Sunday of the month which is free. Find it isn't hard, going up from the metro with the Coliseum on your right after about 200 meters, crossing the road, lies the Black Gate of the Colle Oppio Park and, once inside, after about twenty meters on the left you see a green railing with the entry. Council of hedging because inside it is very humid. Say no more, for those who love history and archaeology, is a not to be missed.
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  • Very very old stuff to see. You need an guide who tells you the story behind this bunch of bricks
  • Very interesting underground tour, also a great way to escape the heat of the day as the excavations are nice and cool.
  • Domus Aurea. Built by Nero and partially deconstructed by Trajan to build his baths on top. This was an excellent site to visit, one of my favorites. The place us under renovation and in a few years this place will be more accessible than now as they need to remove lots of rubble. Get your ticket online as its only tours. Weekends only. As mentioned Below, the entrance is almost facing the colloseum, so when you leave colloseum metro, take a left, walk inside the park and it will be on your left side.
  • Maybe interresting inside, but outside it's not.
  • The Domus Aurea (or ‘golden house’) has one of the most historically exciting stories in Rome, starting with the decadent excesses of Nero and inspiring Renaissance artists such as Raphael to a new style of art ,and giving us the word ‘grotesque’ or grutesque in the process.Immediately after the fire of 64 A.D., which destroyed large parts of the centre of Rome, the emperor Nero ordered the construction of a new residence, much larger and more luxurious than the one he had on the Palatine Hill. Faced in precious marble, its vaults decorated with gold and gems, this new residence certainly deserved the name Domus Aurea (House of Gold). It was inspired by the opulent palaces of the Eastern Mediterranean, but with innovative and original design features. The enormous complex included immense vineyards, wooded glades, pastures and even an artificial lake, as well as treasures plundered from Eastern cities and precious ornaments and monuments, one of the most imposing of which was an enormous statue of the emperor himself.