Domus Aurea Virtual Reality Tour
Discover the Archaeological Restoration Site
After 30 year of renovations the Golden House, buried underground the Oppio Hill not far from the Colosseum, reopened to public.
Every Saturday and Sunday until December 31st 2017, visitors will have the chance to join a guided tour of the Domus Aurea in Rome. Visits are enhanced by a new and innovative multimedia experience that, with the introduction of augmented reality technology and devices, increasingly improves the scientific value of the site and visitor’s appreciation of this historical place.
|Credits: image by @Roma_Wonder|
|Location: Viale della Domus Aurea 1, Rome|
|Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday until December 31st 2017 starting from 9.00 am|
|Duration: approximately 40 minutes;|
|Tickets: Full price: € 14.00 / Free: under 6|
|Accessibility: Partially Accessible|
|Kid-friendly Attraction: The use of oculus rifts for long periods is not recommended to children under 13|
About Nero’s “Domus Aurea”
The Domus Aurea, known also as Nero’s Golden House, was built after the big fire swept through Rome in 64 A.D., destroying much of the downtown area. Wether or not Nero was the one who started the fire, we can certainly state that he took advantage of the situation. The land was used to build his personal grand palace, which extended for over 80 hectares (nearly 198 acres) with courtyard, dining rooms, fountains, pools, gardens and even a lake. All complete with the finest decorations and precious materials.
After Nero’s death the land was given back to the people of Rome. Over the centuries the palace was dismantled of all its treasures until it was forgotten, buried underground and covered in dust and sand.
It was only in 1480 that the remains of the palace were discovered again. At the very beginning of excavation works no one really understood that the chambers buried under the Oppio Hill were part of un underground royal palace.
Ironically, it is only thanks to the dust and sand that today we can still admire and appreciate the frescoes and painting adorning the Domus Area, which protected it from its most dangerous enemy: humidity!
Renaissance painters such as Il Pinturicchio, Il Ghirlandaio and even Raphael draw great inspiration from the paintings found in the Domus Aurea, depicting fable animals and legendary figures.
Today, the visit takes place mostly in the area of the octagon hall, the center of Nero’s palace and of court life at the Emperor’s times. The hall is topped by a cupola, a dome with an oculus – similar to the Pantheon – creating very suggestive patterns of light and shadows.
How to Reach
Viale della Domus Aurea 1, Rome (Italy)
Metro: line B stop Colosseo;
Bus n.85, n.87, n.175, n.810, n.850
How to Visit
Until December 31st 2017:
Saturday and Sunday from 9.00 am
Guided tour in English: at 9.00-9.30-10.30-11.30-12.00-13.30-14.00-14.30-15.00-16.45
Tickets: Full price €14 (reservation fee included)/ Free under 6
Booking is mandatory: you can either book your ticket by phone an pay in advance (have your credit card at hand when you call) +39 06 399 67 700. Alternatively you can book your ticket online.
For Info +39 06 399 67 700 (Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Saturday from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm)
Note: The use for long period of oculus rift is not recommended to children under 13.It is totally not recommended to people with epilepsy or serious eye diseases