Remains of the fabled dining hall have been discovered on the city’s Palatine Hill, where emperors traditionally built their most lavish palaces.
The hall is said to have had a revolving wooden floor which allowed guests to survey a ceiling painted with stars and equipped with panels from which flower petals and perfume would shower onto the tables below.
The remains of the room were found by archeologists excavating the Domus Aurea, or Golden House, which was built for Nero during his reign from 54 to 68AD.
The leader of the four month dig, FranÃ§oise Villedieu, said her team discovered part of a circular room which was supported by a pillar with a diameter of more than 13 feet.
Source: Nick Squires, Emperor Nero’s rotating dining room ‘discovered’, Telegraph (Sept. 29, 2009); see also Nick Pisa and Claire Bates, Roman Emperor Nero’s legendary rotating dining room uncovered by archaeologists, Daily Mail (Sept. 30, 2009).