Surprisingly good. Great visual effects add greatly to the tour.
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
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.
Beautifully presented and really brings a Roman house to life. The kids loved it too.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
This is a must visit trip for those interested in Roman history. Terrific layout clearly expressed.
Very informative and fascinating look at an ancient Roman villa. Would highly recommend it.
Originally booked this tour since I had a gap in my schedule and needed a place filler. Boy I am glad I did. Highly recommended.
Disney meets Rome. Very interesting visuals to enhance understanding of Roman life.
This is a very historical tour. It is amazing how medieval buildings were built on top of priceless Roman mosaic floors. I thought it was very educational. Children might get squirmy.
Totally frustrated with the tour operator. We were given the voucher but no specific time. Even after calling several times, even on the morning of the day, we were not sure the exact time. No point of booking it via Viator. Maybe a better way is to buy ticket directly on the website. The tour is interesting and worth going to see.
I found it hard to find this place for the start of the tour. I almost missed the tour. The address given is the museum itself and on the front of the museum there is no number to check. The tour is conducted by staff of the museum and it wasn't an inspiring commentary. They just seemed to go through the motions and wanted you to move speedily from room to room, sometimes in the dark. The ruins themselves are marvellous and the sheer joy of seeing the overcomes the lack of guidance. I think the organisers need to be more customer oriented to make the tour the delight it should be.
This was a really interesting tour of an archeological site in Rome. If you're interested in ancient Rome, I would recommend it. Since much of what you are viewing is thousands of years old, the curators have created video enhancements to show what the places probably looked like in their prime, and that is really interesting. My only caution is that if you have trouble with your vision, this might not be the best place for you as the floors of the exhibit are glass to better enable you to see the excavations, and I found it a little difficult to navigate at times. I can see that if a person can't see well, it might be very challenging. Otherwise, I recommend this.
If you have limited time, this is very good. But if you have more time then then the various Museums can provide more information. That said, this is a very well presented tour, the multimedia elements help to really bring the information to life. Note that some of the spaces are quite tight, and the glass floors take a little getting used to.
The online booking was a problem. I requested the 2:30 tour time, but was given a 1:30 time which we knew we could not keep because we had another tour in the morning across town. Viator would not rebook for a different day or time, so in the end we had to join the tour late.
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