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Domus Aurea

Roma
Monuments

 

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. After his death, Nero’s successors tried to bury and eliminate  every trace of the palace. The luxurious rooms were stripped of their precious materials, sculptures and statues, and filled with earth up to the vaults to have  the great Baths of Titus and Trajan  built on top. In the underlying valley the Colosseum was built,  whose very name recalls the colossal statue of the emperor Nero that was then placed near it. The fabulous frescoes and stuccoes remained hidden underground for centuries, until the Renaissance period, when various artists, among them Raphael, interested in antiquity, started to copy the decorative motifs of the vaults after they had accidentally found them while exploring what they believed to be grottoes. For this reason such decorations earned the name “grotesque”. With this rediscovery came the problem of how best to preserve these treasures, which deteriorated very quickly because of humidity. Only after the discoveries in Pompeii in the 18th century did scholars become interested again in the grotesque roman pictorial style and in 1722 the Domus Aurea was excavated. 

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How to reach the site

Roma,Viale della Domus Aurea 1
Metro: line B stop Colosseo;
Bus n.85, n.87, n.175, n.810, n.850

Services and Accessibility

educational tours for individuals

Info and Reservation

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

+39 06 399 67 700

Domus Aurea

Roma

Coopculture

Ticket Office

The Domus Aurea worksite is open on Saturadys and Sundays till 25 of September 2016.

Call Center

Info and pre-sale

+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

 

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Domus Aurea

Roma

Coopculture

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Domus Aurea

Roma

Coopculture

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The Domus Aurea worksite is open on Saturdays and Sundays untill September 25th 2015 from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Access by guided tour only from 9.15 am to 3.45 pm in Italian, Spanish and English.

Last admission at 3.45 pm

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