ROME, June 3, 2017 — Experienced travelers know that more often than not, the second time they visit a destination is better than the first. The reason is simple, the first time typically sends them non-stop racing through unfamiliar locations to view all the must-see sites.
Compare that to the second or third time around when there is a frame of reference and the luxury of time to seek and discover the hidden gems you overlooked on that initial trip.
Visitors to Rome this summer can take advantage of two incredible excursions offered by Through Eternity, an innovative tour company which has built its reputation on unique one-of-a-kind in-depth sightseeing programs.
This year, Through Eternity is one of a handful of companies that have been awarded the opportunity to visit Nero’s Golden House (Domus Aurea) and the Colosseum by Night.
Travelers have the opportunity experience these historic landmarks just as the Romans lived them, through the darkened torch-lit tunnels of the Colosseum and the massive gold covered rooms of Nero’s palace.
The Golden House tour is aided by 3D virtual reality so visitors can see Domus Aurea just as it was
The Golden House tour is aided by 3D virtual reality so visitors can see Domus Aurea just as it was in the time of the infamous Roman emperor.
For nearly two thousand years, Nero’s 200 room Golden Palace has been hidden beneath Palatine Hill overlooking the Colosseum in Rome. Built between 64-68 AD the magnificent residence was destroyed by the Roman people and the Senate to erase the memory of Nero’s extravagance and abuse of power.
According to some accounts, Celer and Severus, the architect/engineers of the palace, designed an ingenious mechanism in one location where slaves turned a huge crank that made the ceiling beneath the dome revolve like the heavens while perfume was sprayed to permeate the surroundings and rose petals were dropped on diners below.
The Through Eternity program begins in a vast column-lined portico complete with a grotto and waterfall that reside within alabaster walls. Courtyards and gardens filled with priceless paintings, mosaics and sculpture reveal themselves to visitors as they stroll through the cavernous complex before arriving at the Octagonal Room.
Here, Nero’s guests would lie on couches and feast while admiring the heavens above.
Tours are done just twice a week at appointed times each day, making visits limited. Through Eternity offers a three-part tour through the underground palace including the unique experience of donning 3D glasses and virtual animation to recreate the ruins just as they were in Nero’s time.
The program concludes with a sparking glass of prosecco and snacks.on a rooftop overlooking a 360-degree panorama of the Colosseum and Rome at night.
Even in daylight the labyrinth of corridors and caverns beneath the Colosseum floor were bathed in darkness illuminated only by torchlight. Archaeological digs have produced hundreds of lanterns that only provided flickering visibility for the competitors before battle in the arena.
In addition the tour guide teaches visitors about the ingenious mechanical equipment was used to maneuver massive stage sets into the arena and even to occasionally flood the floor to create mock sea battles.
Following the Colosseum visit, take a walk through history in the Roman Forum to the Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo.
Through Eternity has been offering unique private and small group tours of Rome since 1999 with a philosophy of taking traveling travelers to many of the lesser known venues and relevant locations that are often located within the shadow of better known monuments and museums.
Guides speak fluent English and are selected for their intimate knowledge of Rome, their scholastic background and their professional expertise. It’s a combination that provides a powerful experience through the love and passion the guides have for their city.
Many travel experts say that the best way to “discover” a destination is to walk its streets and to immerse yourself into the sights, sounds and even the aromas of the place.
For details contact, Mary Liz Wheelis at The Suite Group 800-783-6904 or e-mail ([email protected])
Through Eternity provides the best of both worlds by providing unique guided walks that allow visitors to learn and discover as they meander their way through the past.
The old adage goes that “Rome is eternal” and the best way to find out is to explore Rome Through Eternity.
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