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Tickets for Piazza Navona Underground - The Stadium of Domitian

See Rome's first venue for competitive athletics, underneath Piazza Navona!

The Stadium of Domitian
Open today: 10:00 - 19:00
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MKT121
Registered address: Piazza Navona, 45, 00186, Rome, IT
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Last admission: 40 minutes before closing
Duration: 40mins
Audio guide: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Max group size: 30
Wheelchair accessible
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Live guide: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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Entrance ticket to the Stadium of Domitian
A physical guide that needs to be collected at the ticket office together with the ticket

Important information

* You can collect your physical audio guide at the ticket office together with the ticket
  • Get priority access to see Rome's first permanent venue for competitive athletics (and UNESCO World Heritage Site), commissioned in 80 AD
  • See Piazza Navona from a different point of view. This underground Roman building is crammed with history, and once hosted gladiator games after a fire at the Colosseum!
  • Let your audio guide (available in 6 languages) tell you all about Piazza Navona, the history of the Stadium of Domitian, and the athletic games once held here

The Stadium of Domitian is hidden beneath Piazza Navona like some sort of buried treasure. Which it is. This unique UNESCO World Heritage Site was Rome's first permanent venue for gladiator games and competitive athletics. With this Priority Entrance ticket you'll get to explore this subterranean space along with an audio guide. This is one for sports fans and history buffs.

It's hard to believe that just underneath Rome's bustling Piazza Navona lies an Ancient Roman building packed with thrilling history. The Stadium of Domitian (also called Circus Agonalis) could seat up to 20,000 spectators, hungry for fights and ... gymnastics. Events held here featured professional gymnasts (often from Greece), running races (usually with female competitors), and more.

Competing was considered so important, in fact, that names of the victors have been discovered inscribed on tombs. Names etched in stone beats the prize winners got while they were alive: they received a crown of oak and olive leaves. I guess they were in it for the love of the games?

Emperor Titus commissioned the building of The Stadium of Domitian in roughly 80 AD (the same year the Colosseum was finished). And, when the Colosseum was damaged by fire in 217 AD, some of the gladiator games were held here.

This stadium, once the height of Roman entertainment, now lies beneath the modern city. It's well worth your time to escape the chaos and crowds and see some stadium's ruins.

The Stadium of Domitian
Friday 10:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 19:00
Sunday 10:00 - 19:00
Monday 10:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 19:00
Thursday 15:00 - 19:00
The Stadium of Domitian
3,Via di Tor Sanguigna, 00186, Rome
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  • Cancellation is possible until 23:59 on the day before your visit.
  • Rescheduling is possible until 23:59 on the day before your visit.

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Randy,  United States United States
26 Dec 2023
Excellent
For anything ancient Roman is awesome. If you dont like crowds this one is perfect. Just a few people.
Piazza Navona Underground - The Stadium of Domitian
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Jeannie,  United States United States
24 Oct 2023
Excellent
Very useful.!!! On the walk to the desired destination it would alert me of near by monuments etc.
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Anna,  Spain Spain
19 Feb 2024
Excellent
Increíble, Domiciano castigado a la damnatip memoriae pero lo poco que se puede visitar es precioso y la visita con audioguía ayuda mucho. Tienda con libros interesantes, sobre todo para niños....
Increíble, Domiciano castigado a la damnatip memoriae pero lo poco que se puede visitar es precioso y la visita con audioguía ayuda mucho. Tienda con libros interesantes, sobre todo para niños. Recomendable.
Piazza Navona Underground - The Stadium of Domitian

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