Palazzo Valentini’s Domus Romane

Palazzo Valentini's Domus Romane

A Walk Through Domus Romane, the Imperial Roman Homes at Palazzo Valentini

In Rome, we walk by hidden treasures everyday without giving them a second thought; however, the unassertive yet noble Palazzo Valentini’s Domus Romane is a must-see you should not ignore. The palace was built in 1585, and is nestled between the great roundabout of Piazza Venezia and the Trajan Forum. For centuries, Palazzo Valentini has been the private home of several prominent figures. It has been transformed for various occasions: as a great Imperial library beloved by art historian Johann Winckelmann, and as as a private theater to host German composer George Handel.

Palazzo Valentini's Domus Romane

Today, the main floor is open to the public and uncovers the Domus Romane, the archeological remains of homes belonging to the wealthy families of Imperial Rome. Teams of experts excavated through layers of Rome’s rich history, and created this stunning multimedia museum in 2010. The tour of the Domus Romane is a mix of history and wonder: exquisite relics of finely detailed mosaic floors to colossal marble columns, and vast kitchens to private saunas are displayed beneath your feet.

Palazzo Valentini's Domus Romane

The glass floors allow you to look down into the superior archeological relics while the enchanting lighting and knowledgeable guide bring them back to life. The comprehensive tour walks you through the design of the Trajan column, as well as the history of the Roman Empire, tempting you to visit the real thing just outside.

Palazzo Valentini's Domus Romane

Outside Palazzo Valentini, life on the surface becomes a modern Roman traffic jam with scooters driving by and tourists flocking to see Piazza Venezia. Yet just three feet below the palace, there is a hidden treasure that tells you a great deal more, and opens your eyes to an ancient world. The Domus Romane have adapted technology to trigger your imagination, transforming what was once exposed to the hardships of time into excessive luxuries that once adorned the Roman Empire.

Domus Romane at Palazzo Valentini

via Foro Traiano, 85 (Piazza Venezia)

Everyday from 9.30am to 6.30pm

Tours in English, Italian, French

Tickets: €8-12

Reservations: €1.50 (additional to ticket)



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