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Get a glimpse into the lavish lifestyles of ancient Rome’s most powerful with this 1-hour guided tour of the Domus of Palazzo Valentini. Discover how the 16th-century Palazzo Valentini was built over the ruins of the Roman residential complex as you marvel over the fascinating excavations. See the domus brought back to life through virtual reconstructions, admire the remains of magnificent mosaics, and learn about the Palazzo’s long history from your knowledgeable guide.


  • 1-hour tour of the domus of Palazzo Valentini
  • Explore the Roman ruins beneath the magnificent Palazzo Valentini
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  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience

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Roman Domus of Palazzo Valentini Tour

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Customer Reviews

Kenneth K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Surprisingly good. Great visual effects add greatly to the tour.

monique_cook Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Amazing, truly history brought to life!

Dominik C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was one of my favorite tours in Rome. My wife, who is not as big of a Roman history fan as I am, said that she had a great time and was amazed by the presentation of the Domus. If you have time for a tour while in Rome, this should be it.

Elaine H United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We did this tour on our first full day in Rome. From the outside entrance, the Palazzo Valentini doesn't stand out amongst Rome's monuments, but inside it's a different story. We were taken below the Palazzo to see the remains of two opulent villas: the first with an extensive bath complex, and the second with a beautiful mosaic floor. Through most of the tour, you are walking on a glass floor, suspended over the remains, which are illuminated as the commentary explains what you are looking at. At certain points, reconstructions of what the villas would have looked like are projected onto walls and floors. It has been stunningly realised. A bonus for us near the end, was a short film explaining the story of Trajan's column directly outside, which is like a comic strip, winding up to the top. The tour lasts for an hour and a half, and although the price is more than the twelve euros we paid later in the week for a joint ticket to the Colisseum, Forum and Palatine Hill, which is a bargain btw!, we think this is a not to be missed tour. Even Romans don't know about this tour, as the villas were only discovered in 2005, and the computer visualisation tour is probably quite recent. It doesn't feature very highly in some of the guidebooks, but it is a great introduction to life in Ancient Rome, and helps you to make sense of what you are looking at as you walk around the ruins of other houses in the city. It has to be one of the best things we saw during our stay.

Suzanne T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Beautifully presented and really brings a Roman house to life. The kids loved it too.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Visite vraiment très intéressante et agréable, conseillée dans le guide Rome en Famille.
Bémol : la visité audio de 11h30 est bien en français, mais l'accompagnatrice ne le parle pas et nous avons dû traduire aux enfants les quelques commentaires réalisés.

Domenico D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic alternative view of Ancient Rome. Unfortunately our flight was late and we missed our pre-booked session however the staff were more than accommodating.

During this tour, you walk on top of Ancient Rome in dimmed lighting. Fire, water, and reproduced flooring is superimposed over the existing ruins for a truly unique experience


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

innovative museum. The floor lit up to hight light the display as pictorial image projected on the wall to help you imagine how life in the 300AD.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

An excellent tour. Well worth doing. Note, however, that finding the meeting place can be a challenge with much construction activity in the area. But worth the effort. Highly recommended.

Vladimir S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was, without a doubt, the best museum experience in my life. They make the house come alive using projections that tickle imagination. If I had to choose only one thing to see in Rome, this would be it!

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