Ancient Villa Explorations and Roman Forum Access

Experience Ancient Rome in Virtual Reality

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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.

Included

What you get with this tour

Skip the Line Roman Forum Tickets
Professional English-Speaking Guide
Virtual Reality Tour of the Domus Aurea
Itinerary

What you will see on this tour

  • Domus Aurea
  • Inside the Domus Aurea
  • Virtual Reality Experience
  • Ludus Magnus
  • Special Entrance Skip the Line
  • Colosseum Second Level
  • Roman Forum
  • Arrivederci!

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

At the green souvenir kiosk in front of the "Colosseo" Rome Metro stop - located just outside the lower level. Your guide will be there holding a sign that says "The Roman Guy".

What to bring?

Archaeological sites are normally paved with rocky terrain so wear comfortable sneakers. Bring sunscreen and a water bottle for hot summer months. If you plan on staying in the Roman Forum, bring a snack.

Q: Is there any chance the Domus Aurea might close for weather or special events?
 
A: You should still show up to the meeting point because the tour should still run.  Due to the exclusive nature of the sites we visit, the Archeological Society of Rome retains the right to close these sites for any renovation, special events or sometimes in the case of rainfall. In this case, we will do our best to show you another site in the area. 
 
Q: What should I bring and wear?
A: You'll be descending underground where the temperature can be drastically different from outside - i.e. cold. Although this can be refreshing in the summer, we advise you bring something to cover up with so you stay comfortable. Also, archeological sites have uneven terrain. Wear comfortable shoes. 
 
Q: I have some doubts about my mobility, is this still a good tour for me?
A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly suggest you take a Colosseum private tour.
 
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7/6/2018
JUDY SOBEL
Colosseum and Nero's Golden House

We took three tours with the Roman Guy and I tried to research everything really carefully. I agonized a bit about which Colosseum tour would be the best for our family of five. We chose this one because VR and teens seemed like an ideal mix. For our whole family, the best part of the tour was easily Nero's Golden house. It's a working archeological site and you put on a hard hat and go underground. It also gets chilly in there, which I didn't realize. Our guide for this part of the tour was an archeologist who works on the site and guides the tour as well. She was great and gave us some history and stories that we all enjoyed. The VR part was also really fun for our entire tour group - you could just tell everyone liked it. I wish I could say the same for the Colosseum. When we were planning our trip, we all agreed this is what we wanted to see. It was hot. The lines were long and it was crowded. We stood in the sun while our guide talked about travertine. I honestly can say I could have skipped the interior of the Colosseum and been okay - it wasn't the highlight we expected it to be. By the time we were done, we were done and needed food and air conditioning. But that's our family - for others, this could still be really interesting.

6/19/2018
John
Domus Aurea

Ele was a kind, knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide! We thoroughly enjoyed this unique tour!

6/7/2018
Jennifer E
Great Save

When we received a call from Gabriela that our tour guide was sick and the Colosseum floor was closed, what could have been a disaster turned into a major save. Gabriela kept our booking for the Domus and then found a competitor to take us on the Colosseum tour. Amazing customer service!!! I highly recommend because this company actually cares about their clients!!!

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