Nero’s Golden Palace: with Colosseum and Ancient City

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Small group
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Explore Rome’s ancient sites on a half-day, small-group tour of Domus Aurea, or Nero’s ‘Golden House,’ the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. Step into buried history with archeologist guides and use 3D glasses to see Nero’s palace as it once was, then hear stories about Rome's golden age as you walk through the heart of the ancient Roman Republic and Empire. This small-group tour includes all entrance fees and skip-the-line access.
  • Visit Domus Aurea with archeologist guides
  • Small-group tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Skip the line
  • Entrance fees included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The inclusion of the ancient Domus Aurea sets apart this Colosseum and Forum tour from others.

Skip-the-line admission
Oculus Rift VR Headsets
Full-tour from an expert guide
Small-group tour of max 12 people max (max 24 in the Domus Aurea)
Headsets for groups of 6 or more
Food and drinks
Hotel pick-up and return

Departure Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Parco del Colle Oppio, Viale del Monte Oppio, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Make your way to a meeting point by the Colosseum for a 1:15pm departure, then head to the nearby Domus Aurea to go below ground with Italian archeologist guides. You’ll don a pair of 3D glasses to explore Nero’s palace, which he built in AD 64 with golden facades and glittering interiors that were seen as a symbol of Imperial excess. The archeologist guides will help transport you into Nero’s Rome, lost for centuries after being buried beneath Oppian Hill.

When your Domus Aurea tour concludes, head back above ground to visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, two of ancient Rome’s most fascinating landmarks. You’ll explore the Colosseum and Roman Forum with a small group that’s limited to 12 people, so you don’t miss a word of the tour. Take in the seats overlooking the ancient arena, walk the Via Sacra that was ancient Rome’s main street, and climb Palatine Hill for views of the surrounding ruins.

This 5-hour tour of ancient Rome concludes at the entrance to the Roman Forum.
Stop At:  
Visit the world’s most iconic amphitheater: the Colosseum. See the famous stadium where 80,000 Romans would have gathered to watch the blood sports on the Arena floor. Over 400,000 people died over the Colosseum’s 400 years in use, and 1,000,000 animals.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
Discover the fascinating history of Ancient Rome in the evocative ruins of the Roman Forum. See where Julius Caesar was assassinated and all the amazing architecture — including Temples and Victory Arches — of the Roman Forum.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
Enjoy an amazing view of Ancient and modern Rome from the top of the Palatine Hill; once the home of Rome's Emperors. See where the Emperors lived and discover the true stories of their luxurious lifestyles.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Arco di Costantino
As you walk around the exterior of the Colosseum, you'll pause for a moment at the Arch of Constantine; the Triumphal Arch of Rome's first Christian Emperor. Discover the fascinating history of the Arch and how its iconic style spawned many copy-cats.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Domus Aurea
Head to Rome's underground and discover the magnificent Golden Palace of Emperor Nero; named for its lavish decorations and sheer extravagance. See the rich interior recreated on Virtual Reality headsets.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Septimius Severus Arch
See one of the best-preserved Roman Victory Arches in the world.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Via Sacra
Once Ancient Rome's main street, the Via Sacra runs from the Roman Forum to the Colosseum.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Tempio di Vesta
In the Temple of Vesta, the Vestal Virgins watched the sacred fire of Rome and protected it with their life.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Basilica Aemilia
One of the greatest secular Basilicas of Ancient Rome.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Arco di Tito
See the victory arch which inspired the design of the Arc de Triomphe.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • NB: You must have a valid photo ID to enter the Colosseum (student's ID, Driver License, Passport or State ID all work.) You will be asked to also give your name, last name and date of birth (at the beginning of the tour if not provided beforehand.) Security may prevent you from entering the site if the information provided is not accurate and/or don't match the one on your ID.
  • There will be a 30-minute long break to eat and rest
  • It will be possible to stop to use the restroom along the way, as needed
  • Dress code is smart casual. Bring a sweater to wear in the underground area as it can get cold
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Strollers are allowed, but not recommended, as stairs are steep and the ground is uneven. Children must be carried by an adult or be able to walk
  • It is recommended that you bring a hat and sunscreen: Please note that sprays of any kind are not allowed inside the Colosseum.
  • This is an intense 5-hour walking tour as the area to cover is vast. On the way there are vending machines where people can buy drinks and quick snacks to eat while walking
  • Food is allowed in the archeological area
  • For security reasons all visitors and their luggage shall be screened. All objects (including mobile phones) must be put in a bag/backpack or in the tray for X-ray screening
  • Large backpacks, camping equipment, bulky bags, luggage and trolleys are not allowed. Medium and small size backpacks must be checked, as any other bag, with metal detectors, opened and visually inspected by security
  • Please notice that the Colosseum Administration, which depends on the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities has the faculty to close the Colosseum, or parts of it, with or without notice, for events, strikes, heavy rain, or any other reason. In which case, we will offer an alternative itinerary as it seems fit and offer a partial refund.
  • Minimum age is 14 years
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

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