Domus Aurea

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Emperor Nero constructed the extravagant imperial residence known as the Domus Aurea in the first century AD. The Domus Aurea was enormous and was constructed in just 4 years, between 64 and 68 AD, according to an elaborate plan created by the Emperor himself.

It covered around 50 hectares and three of Rome's seven hills, according to historical documents and archaeological discoveries. It had patios, rooms, and gardens, and was opulently furnished. Nero, a lover of the entertainment and arts, wanted his home to be fit for a powerful man of his size and to meet all of his needs.

Why Visit Domus Aurea?

Nero Claudius, a notorious emperor, built one of the most opulent structures in Roman history. The complex's buildings were embellished with excellent murals, ivory, gold leaf, precious stones, and other decorations that had a significant impact on Renaissance artists. For many years, Domus Aurea was subterranean, but it was recently reconstructed. Due to its unusual history, it is both a difficult monument for archaeologists and a joy for history buffs.

With the help of video narratives, video mapping, and immersive Virtual Reality headsets, you may explore the Domus Aurea and take a true cognitive voyage around Nero's palace.

  • West Wing:

The Domus Aurea complex's West Wing, which captures the opulence of this pleasure palace, is the one that has been preserved the finest overall. There are at least 140 rooms with lofty ceilings on two floors of this building. The primary entry is through the Sacra, which connects to the Forum, and is encircled by a landscape of sizable gardens that stretch into lakes and parklands.

  • Wall paintings (Frescoes):

Up until the Renaissance, the majority of Nero's Golden House's components were hidden and undiscovered. The term grotesque was only used when driven painters like Giulio Romano, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, and Raffaello went underground to duplicate the decorative themes. Even today, genres that draw inspiration from the 16th century and are creatively recreated are referred to as grotesque paintings.

  • Domus Transitoria: 

The lesser-known Domus Transitoria was Emperor Nero's first home, and it was destroyed in the Great Fire of Rome, which burned most of the city in AD 64. The enormous building served as a vital link between the Esquiline region and Nero's imperial property on Palatine Hill. Domus Transitoria still exists and is accessible in some portions today.

  • The Colossus of Nero: 

Nero Claudius is portrayed as the sun god in the 98-foot-tall bronze statue known as the Colossus of Nero. It was initially situated in a vestibule of the Domus Aurea, but it was subsequently moved to the Flavian Amphitheatre, which later came to be known as the Colosseum.

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Address of Domus Aurea

Via della Domus Aurea, 00184 Rome, Italy

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