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Welcome to the enigmatic Piazza Navona Underground, the hidden treasure that lies beneath one of Rome’s most famous squares. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Stadium of Domitian, is an ancient testament to Rome’s rich history in sports and entertainment. With priority access, you’ll be able to explore the fascinating remnants of this once-grand arena while immersing yourself in its captivating stories, narrated by an audio guide available in six languages.
The History of the Stadium of Domitian
Constructed in 80 AD under the reign of Emperor Titus, the Stadium of Domitian (also known as Circus Agonalis) was Rome’s first permanent venue for gladiator games and competitive athletics. This impressive amphitheater could accommodate up to 20,000 spectators, all eager for thrilling battles and athletic prowess. The stadium was even temporarily utilized for gladiator games when the Colosseum was damaged by a fire in 217 AD.
The Stadium of Domitian hosted a myriad of athletic events, attracting professional gymnasts, many hailing from Greece, who showcased their skills in front of an enthralled audience. Running races were also popular, with female competitors often participating in these events. These athletic competitions were highly regarded in ancient Rome, as evidenced by the names of victors engraved on tombs.
Ancient Roman athletes were driven by the passion for the games and the pursuit of glory. The victors were celebrated with a crown made of oak and olive leaves, symbolizing their achievements and dedication. This time-honored tradition reflects the importance of these competitions and the enduring legacy of the champions who triumphed in the Stadium of Domitian.
A Subterranean Journey through Time: Exploring the Piazza Navona Underground
The remnants of the Stadium of Domitian lie hidden beneath the bustling modern Piazza Navona, offering a stark contrast between ancient and contemporary Rome. As you venture into this subterranean world, you’ll find a fascinating array of ruins that once served as the height of Roman entertainment.
Audio Guide: Your Personal Historian
Enhance your experience with an audio guide that delves into the history of Piazza Navona, the Stadium of Domitian, and the various athletic events once held in this iconic arena. Available in six languages, the audio guide will provide you with an engaging and informative narrative, allowing you to fully appreciate the significance of this incredible site.
Embark on a journey through history as you uncover the secrets of the Piazza Navona Underground and the Stadium of Domitian. With priority access and a captivating audio guide, you’ll be transported back in time, immersing yourself in the thrilling world of ancient Roman sports and entertainment. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this hidden gem in the heart of Rome.
- Entrance ticket to the underground archaeological site of the Stadium of Domitian,
- Audio guide (available in English,German,French,Spanish, Italian and Russian),
- Audio guide for children (readily available in English and also Italian).
- Live Guided Tour.
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