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Tickets for Piazza Navona Underground - The Stadium of Domitian

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

 
Flexible ticket: cancellable up to 24 hours before visit date
Instant ticket delivery
Wheelchair accessible
Audio guide: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Smartphone tickets accepted
Overview
Highlights
  • 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
Description

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.

Ticket
What's included
Entrance ticket to the Stadium of Domitian
Audio guide in 7 languages (dedicated audio guide for children)
Cancellation policy
  • Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
  • Changes are possible for this ticket
Venue
Opening hours
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
How to get there
The Stadium of Domitian
3,Via di Tor Sanguigna, 00186, Rome
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Ratings & reviews
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Nov 23, 2019
It was a nice balance of overall history of Rome with specific history related to Pza Navona. It was helpful in understanding how today's structures correspond to the historical structures.
Oct 2, 2019
very interesting fact about the previous stadium.
Aug 16, 2019
The audioguide is very nice, so you know what you see en you hear backgrouds

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