During the Renaissance, a young boy from Rome tripped and fell down a hole and found himself in the cavernous, subterranean rooms of Nero’s palace. This rediscovered Golden Palace became a palace of entertainment with 300 rooms, but there weren’t any sleeping quarters.

During the Renaissance, a young boy from Rome tripped and fell down a hole and found himself in the cavernous, subterranean rooms of Nero’s palace. This rediscovered Golden Palace became a palace of entertainment with 300 rooms, but there weren’t any sleeping quarters.

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A sculpture of Emperor Nero who built the Domus Aurea
Emperor Nero

Emperor Nero built the Domus Aurea in the heart of Rome.

However, within a decade of his suicide in AD 68, marbles, ivory and jewels from the Domus Aurea went missing.

Learn more about Nero and a few other controversial Roman emperors.

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