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  • Step into the largest imperial residence ever, and the result of Emperor Nero's mad imagination
  • Learn about the crazy history surrounding the site, and the excavations taking place today
  • See the remains of former luxuries including intricate frescos, marble walls, and underground lakes


Raphael and the Domus Aurea. The Invention of the Grotesques
Now on  - Jan 10, 2021

To mark the 500-year anniversary of Raphael's death, the Domus Aurea will host a display dedicated to the grotesque.

To avoid any confusion, Raphael himself was actually quite a handsome fellow, judging by his Self-portrait (1504). No, this exhibition concerns the fantastical human and animal depictions stumbled upon inside the forgotten ruins of Nero's Golden House in the late 15th century, known as grotesque art.

This exhibition allows you to explore the lost palace and retrace the footsteps of the people who rediscovered it, unlocking its ancient masterpieces. Raphael would go on to replicate these fascinating painted walls in the Vatican, and scores of painters have taken inspiration from their unique style over the centuries. Now, you can too, thanks to to-scale reproductions, multimedia tools, and interactive elements.


Enter the Domus Aurea, or Golden House, designed purely for pleasure by Emperor Nero, a man famous for jaw-dropping acts of self-indulgence. Learn the history of what must have been one of the most aesthetically overwhelming buildings ever created, once home to luxuries like mosaics, marble furnishings, and even a rotating dining room!

In the 15th century, one unsuspecting man slipped through a crack in the hillside and fell into a secret underground chamber. Generally, this would be a bad thing. Luckily for him though, he wound up in the deranged Emperor Nero's resplendent home, hidden underground for centuries. Who knew if anyone would have found it otherwise?!

Before long, local artists and prominent European figures like Michelangelo, Casanova, and the Marquis de Sade followed, until the intricate frescoes, ceilings and vaults were no longer such a secret.

Now an active archaeological site, you'll still get a taste for what this place once looked like when you enter with your guide. Sniff around and find out what happened within these very walls!

In its heyday you would have seen ivory walls, fine marble fittings, ceilings plastered with intricate mosaics, and artificial lakes. There was even a revolving dining room that blessed guests with drops of perfume and rose petals!


What's included

Skip-the-line entrance to Domus Aurea
60-minute English didactic guided tour with Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headsets
Welcome and assistance at the meeting point by Tiqets staff

Amendment policy

  • Changes are not possible for this ticket


  • Meet your Tiqets representative, who will be wearing a Tiqets top or holding a Tiqets flag, in front of Domus Aurea and show them your smartphone ticket
  • Meeting point is in front of the entrance to the Colle Oppio park, at the corner between Via Nicola Salvi and Via Labicana
  • The Domus Aurea is located inside the Colle Oppio park, entrance from Via Labicana
  • Make sure to be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before your booked timeslot!


Opening hours

Domus Aurea
Thursday 09:15 - 16:15
Friday 09:15 - 16:15
Saturday 09:15 - 16:15
Sunday 09:15 - 16:15
Monday 09:15 - 16:15
Tuesday 09:15 - 16:15
Wednesday 09:15 - 16:15

How to get there

Domus Aurea
Domus Aurea Entrance - Ingresso, Viale Serapide, 00184, Rome
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Ratings & reviews

based on 49 reviews
Feb 23, 2020
Very interesting tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was very good at explaining archeology finds and the ongoing learning that is taking place in this huge endeavor.
Feb 22, 2020
Unbelievable and brilliant experience. Thank you.
Jan 22, 2020
Tour is excellent. The guide was very knowledgable. This is one tour that not many know about but is definitely one of our favorites for sure. Key tip: clearly read the instructions on where to...
Tour is excellent. The guide was very knowledgable. This is one tour that not many know about but is definitely one of our favorites for sure. Key tip: clearly read the instructions on where to meet. Several of us mapped the place, walked to it, then read the instructions only to find that was a 5 minute walk back from where we just came. It was all very confusing, but once we read the 2 street intersections listed in ticket, we realized our error. 3 of us did the same thing, thus we know others probably do the same. We almost missed the tour because we were quickly trying to find our way back. Fortunately, it all worked and so glad because it was wonderful!

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