The Domus Aurea (Golden House) is
the splendid residence that the emperor
Nero built in the few years between the
great fire of Rome in 64 AD and his
tragic death in 69 AD. The Golden House
was a spectacular complex of pavilions
sparkling with gold, ivory, precious
stones and marbles, immersed in a green
countryside artificially constructed
inside the city.
For many centuries the Domus Aurea
seemed lost. Only in 1500 its existence
was rediscovered. The Domus Aurea
is at the moment closed for additional
excavations and restoration work.