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“Very well done, informative, but probably too much for younger children”

Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini
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Roman Domus of Palazzo Valentini Tour
Ranked #22 of 1,774 things to do in Rome
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini is a gem of an attraction, definitely worth the entry fee. Like the city itself, the site has multiple layers of historical significance (ancient, medieval, and contemporary), each of which is to some extent explored in the presentation and guide. It wasn't discovered until 2006 when digging began for a parking lot, so the site is still very much a work in progress in terms of excavation, and the ticket price is no doubt subsidizing some of that. The multimedia overlay (aural and visual) vivify the the ruins, and, as others point out here, help the untrained person appreciate what to look for when exploring other ruins. I did not find the effects Disney-esque and instead found them informative (that is--effects weren't primarily for show; they're trying to help visitors access a related experience). In my haste to prepare our itinerary, I somehow missed the fact that the tour includes extensive information about the Trajan Column, and, indeed, after you finish with the palace, you move to an area for another full presentation on this other marvel, and then you get to look at the column from its base giving you a perspective no other tourist is able to have. I visited with my very smart but impatient 10 year old son. He really enjoyed the palace tour and was attentive throughout (though the British-hybrid accent was sometimes difficult for him to understand--it is pre-recorded), and that part was just the right length for him. The Trajan Column presentation happened in what was "overtime" for his attention span, and frankly, I similarly found it hard to take in much more information at that point. That's unfortunate, because the concept of the Trajan Column presentation, which is not as sophisticated or creative as the palace presentation, is a good one--it tries to teach visitors how to read the story of the column and to imagine the motivations for creating it and what its significance might have been for its earliest visitors. It takes a little advance planning to work this into a busy schedule, but it is worth it. There are very few available seats for each tour and only a few English tours each day. Reserve in advance, and enjoy.

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Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

Organized and clean, relaxing and enlighting, not tiring and easy to reach. Maybe overrated but still great!!! Go and enjoy.

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Very clever idea of using CG to enhance the imagination to visualise what ancient Rome was like. Wonderfully done

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Excellent experience discovering how people used to live in Rome. Impressive use of technology to re-create the houses.

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Ruins discovered as part of Le Domus Romane Palazzo Velentini. Fortuitous discovery supported by excellent timeline story and video. I have seen Rome before but hadn't seen this and was most happy I did, the family loved it. The tour provided an insight into what life may have been like in ancient times. Ensure you pre book in your preferred language or you will struggle to get in. These are guided tours and only a small limited number can be included in each group (you'll see why when you attend) with sessions lasting 90 mins.

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