Ancient Villa Explorations and Roman Forum Access

Experience Ancient Rome in Virtual Reality

This tour includes a virtual reality tour of Rome's Domus Aurea - an ancient villa built by Emperor Nero. Plus! Visit the sprawling ruins of the Roman Forum. Stretching a whopping 200 acres, the "Golden House" even included a private lake.


This tour will include some light hiking up the hill and walking on uneven terrain.

3.5 h
max 23
from 24 reviews

The Domus Aurea, or “Golden House”, was the private residence of Emperor Nero. A perfect testament to how rich and powerful Roman Emperors were, the Domus Aurea covered 200 acres and even included a private lake. Nero didn't live long enough to enjoy his palace, but we want to make sure you do. Virtual reality brings to life this important piece of Roman history. Ancient Rome doesn't get much closer than this! Plus, enjoy a skip the line Colosseum tour with access to the first and second levelsThe entire tour lasts for 3.5 hours and includes the following:

  • - A skip the line Colosseum tour
  • - A professional English-speaking guide
  • - A glimpse into the biggest gladiatorial school in ancient Rome
  • - Guided virtual reality tour and tickets to the Domus Aurea
  • - Tickets to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • - A maximum group size of 23

Virtual Reality Domus Aurea Tour

Two thousand years ago, this labyrinth, now under the city of Rome, was the sprawling home of Emperor Nero. Stretching the size of three football fields, the palace took three years to finish. When the enormous ancient Roman villa was finished, the emperor was quoted as saying “At least I am beginning to be housed like a human being”. While the unsuspecting site might look like just a pile of rocks now, inside it’s a completely different story. With the help of cutting-edge virtual reality technology, experience the colors and opulence of the palace as it once existed. The Domus Aurea is a work-in-progress archaeological site, so we provide you with a hard hat upon entry. If you've ever daydreamed about working as an archeologist who digs for insights into the lives of people in ancient civilizations, don't miss this opportunity. 

Gladiator Training School

Once you exit the Domus Aurea, pass by the Ludus Magnus on the way to the Colosseum. Most visitors to Rome aren't aware of what this site is, and simply walk by unaware. But not you - learn about how this the site of the biggest gladiatorial school in Ancient Rome. Historians claim that over 1,000 gladiators could be housed in the school at the one time. Men would train intensely for two years before they fought in front of the roaring crowds on the Colosseum's Arena Floor. Learn about what happened inside the training school, what the gladiators wore and even what they ate. The answers are surprising! As you peer down into this archaeological site from above, the gladiator school comes back to life as your guide uses visual aids to tell the tales of gladiators and their roles in ancient Rome.

Skip the Line Colosseum Tour

Used for gladiator fights, mock sea battles, animal hunts and fights, mythology drama shows and even public executions, The Roman Colosseum is a must-see attraction in Rome. Witness the incredible history of this 2,000 year old building up close and personal on a skip the line Colosseum tour. Use a separate entrance than the general public and go straight inside the Colosseum with no wait at all. Visit the first and second levels of the Colosseum. The views from these parts of the Colosseum provide an excellent opportunity for more photos.

As you snap away on your phone or camera as you learn more about the brutal games the Colosseum once witnessed. All our tour guides are experts in the archeology and history behind the historic sites we visit - including the Colosseum. We don't want to give away all the secrets just yet, but you will learn that the "Colosseum" is just a nickname, why women didn't sit with men and that there was a very "modern" device to make sure that everyone was protected from the sun!

Walk through the Heart of Downtown Ancient Rome

After you’ve explored the Golden House, enjoyed a birds-eye view down into the gladiator school, now it's time to leisurely stroll through the ancient Roman Forum. If you want to explore the Roman Forum, follow your guide and skip the line to enter the archeological remains of downtown ancient Rome. Then, after a brief introduction to the site, bid farewell to your guide and enjoy the Roman Forum at your own pace. Visit some of the most famous Roman Forum buildings, including the Temple of Julius Caesar, Arch of Titus, the Roman Senate House and much more. Relive ancient history as you walk down the same roads taken by famous Roman philosophers and emperors.

The Views from Palantine Hill

And last but not least, sandwiched between the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus is Palatine Hill. This awe-inspiring area of towering pine trees, majestic ruins and unparalleled views was where Romulus was said to have founded the city in 753 B.C. and where Rome's emperors lived in opulent luxury. Climb the Palatine Hill and take in the views over Circus Maximus, visit the Farnese Gardens or simply relax and take in the beauty and historical importance of your surroundings.

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