Completed in AD 68 the palace was called the Domus Aurea (Golden House) because of the large amount of gold leaf it was decorated with. Its walls and ceilings were originally encrusted with pearls and semi-precious stones.
It is believed the damage was caused by heavy rain, but concerns had already been expressed as to the safety of the palace which had been closed to the public since 2005 for maintenance work. No one was injured when the 60 square meters collapsed and the utmost care is being taken to ensure that no further damage results.
Our guides in Rome will be kept fully abreast of the situation and will be happy to update you on any tours you may take while in Rome.