There is a hidden gem beneath Palazzo Valentini, namely the remains of two Roman houses including their baths. During an augmented reality tour, the excavations are brought to life with animations and virtual reconstructions.
Info Domus Romane
|address||Via Foro Traiano 85, Rome (opposite the huge column of Trajan)|
|metro||Line B to stop Colosseo then another 10 minutes on foot|
Attention: For security reasons, access is restricted in small groups. It is therefore strongly recommended to make a reservation (especially in high season). You pay a small extra charge to make the reservation, but that guarantees you a visit. Reservations can easily be made through this website.
|Note||Large bags and backpacks are not allowed on the tour|
A virtual reality tour in Domus Romane
16th century Palazzo Valentini has served several functions in the past and is named after the banker and consul general Vincenzo Valentini, who bought the property in 1827. The palace has been the seat of the Province of Rome since 1873.
However, this is not a reason to visit the property. The reason for your visit is the hidden gem that was found by accident seven meters below the Palazzo Valentini in 2005. almost 1900 m2 of well-preserved remains of a former Roman private bathhouse and two residential buildings (“Domus novels“) of powerful families from the imperial era, who were beautifully decorated with mosaics, marble and wall decorations.
After years of restoration by art historians and archaeologists, the site is now open to the public in a very special way. Not only can you see the remains of the complex under a glass floor, but during an augmented reality tour the excavations come to life with computer animation and virtual reconstructions.
For an hour and a half you will take a virtual tour of the rooms, walls and bathrooms where you can imagine yourself in ancient Rome. At the end of the Domus Romane tour, you will be given more information about Trajan’s Column opposite Palazzo Valentini, where there is a good photo opportunity.
This Domus Romane is interesting for both young and old, especially because it can only be visited in small groups and allows you to escape the mass tourism of Rome. It is highly recommended that you pre-book your tour of this relatively new but old attraction.
Tip: Does the virtual reality tour taste like more? Then visit Domus Aurea, Nero’s ‘Golden House’, where you can even travel back in time with VR glasses.
Video: Domus Romane
Where is Palazzo Valentini located in Rome?
Palazzo Valentini is located next to the Forum of Trajan near Piazza Venezia. The square is known for its striking monument by Vittoria Emanuele.