Piazza Navona Underground: Stadium of Domitian Admission Ticket

Piazza Navona Underground: Stadium of Domitian Admission Ticket
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$9.41
Duration: 40 to 50 minutes
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With your admission ticket, you will visit the underground levels of Piazza Navona, first opened to the public in 2014. You will descend 5 metres beneath street level into the excavations, at the time of the Roman Empire. Admire the ancient ruins of the first and only masonry stadium in Roman history and learn more about the history of the Stadium/Piazza Navona/ancient Roman sports.
The admission ticket includes a multi-language audio guide (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian). For children free audio guide dedicated in English (minimum 6 years old). An average visit throughout the museum takes about 40 minutes.
The museum is open Monday through Friday and Sunday from 10am - 7pm, Saturday from 10am - 8pm. The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.

The archaeological site of the Stadium of Domitian, in Piazza Navona, after a long and laborious recovery, was opened to the public for the first time in January 2014 and hosts over 50,000 visitors each year.
A testimony of the first and only masonry stadium ever built in ancient Rome, the ruins of the Stadium of Domitian (Unesco World Heritage Site) lie about 5 meters beneath street level in Piazza Navona. A rich selection of unpublished photos, 3-Dimensional reconstructions, videos and informative panels introduce visitors to the millennial history of the Stadium, its development into the current square and the evolution of ancient Roman sports.
STADIUM OF DOMITIAN
The name comes from the greek word stadion, distance (around 180 metres) along which took place the most important among the greek competitions: the race. Domitian’s Stadium had a circus form with parallel long sides, a curved short side and the other one slightly oblique; it measured around 275 per 106 metres. The building, only example of masonry stadium known outside Greek World, was made in travertine blocks and brickwork; the external front was characterized by two different arcade orders resting on pilasters with semi-columns. The main entrances, in the middle of the long sides and of the hemicycle, were characterized by an arcade with marble columns. The steps for the public were divided into overlying sectors (maeniana) and it has been calculated that it could host until 30.000 people.
THE HISTORY OF THE EXCAVATIONS
In 1936, when the houses built on the curved side of the Sta­dium were demolished, it was possible to uncover a portion of the cavea, where one of the main entrances was located. The archaeological finds retrieved during the excavations and on display here include numerous sculpture fragmen­ts and a Pentelic marble torso, a copy of the 4th century BC Apollo Lykeios by Praxiteles. Other remains of the Sta­dium have been identified in many Piazza Navona basemen­ts; alongside the well-known relics under the church of St. Agnese, others are located underneath the buildings of the École Française de Rome.

With your admission ticket, you will visit the underground levels of Piazza Navona, first opened to the public in 2014. You will descend 5 metres beneath street level into the excavations, at the time of the Roman Empire. Admire the ancient ruins of the first and only masonry stadium in Roman history and learn more about the history of the Stadium/Piazza Navona/ancient Roman sports.
The admission ticket includes a multi-language audio guide (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian). For children free audio guide dedicated in English (minimum 6 years old). An average visit throughout the museum takes about 40 minutes.
The museum is open Monday through Friday and Sunday from 10am - 7pm, Saturday from 10am - 8pm. The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.