Rome is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world : our capital has always fascinated Italians and tourists from all over the world thanks to its unparalleled historical and cultural wealth. It is here in fact that you can admire some of the most spectacular architectural beauties in the world, from the Colosseum to the Altar of the Fatherland, from Castel Sant’Angelo to the various fountains located in the numerous squares of the city.

But Rome, in addition to monuments, historic villas and places of attraction, preserves a grandiose history that has seen protagonists of the most powerful popes, princes and emperors ever. Among these we cannot fail to mention the Domus Transitoria , the first palace that belonged to Nero, located on one of the famous seven Roman hills, or the Monte Palatino. Here is everything you need to know.

Domus Transitoria: where it is and history
Controversial and ambiguous emperor, considered by some a genius, by others a tyrant, Nero is one of the most important historical figures in the history of Rome: the fifth emperor, belonging to the Giulio-Claudia family, ruled the eternal city for 14 years until 68 , year in which he committed suicide. Now his first home history, or the Domus Transitoria , has finally opened to the public to show all his wonders and to discover the perhaps least known part of Emperor Nero.

View of the Palatine Hill
The Palatine Hill where the Domus Transitoria used to stand

The name derives, according to some historical evidence – including that of Suetonius – from the use that Nero would have made of this dwelling: the Domus Transitoria was in fact used to pass from the Palatine Hill, where it once stood, to the Esquiline. After the famous fire of Rome in 64, Nerone had built in place of the Domus Transitoria the most magnificent Domus Aurea that extended between Palatine, Esquiline and Celio, an enormous and imposing urban dwelling.

Domus Transitoria opening: how to visit it, costs and where to buy tickets
The opening of the Domus Transitoria is recent and is part of a project that is part of the program of the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum which aims to let visitors to the eternal city never unveiled beauties, returning historical paths never accessible before.

To enter the Domus Transitoria the times are the classic ones, that is from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 18.00 but, for its preciousness and for the priceless historical heritage that it represents, the Domus Transitoria has a quota entry for reasons of protection. To enter you must buy a Super Foro-Palatino ticket for the price of 16 euros which does not include the possibility of guided tours. In the Domus Transitoria the guides are present only in the passage from one room to the other of the dwelling, because it is not possible to stay long. Furthermore , access is not permitted to disabled motorists because there are no measures to adapt the flooring, which is even disconnected in some points, and the various passages from one room to another.