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The Stadio Di Domiziano in Rome: A Historic Gem of Ancient Sports Arenas

Experience the Stadio Domiziano Piazza Navona Underground with the Rom City Pass for free. 

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 receive over 50,000 visitory each year.

Opening hours Stadium of Domitian Experience Piazza Navona


daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The ticket office closes 40 minutes before.

Please note the opening hours during christmas time:
24 December opening 10am -3pm (last admission 2.20pm)
25 December opening 3pm-7pm (last admission 6.20pm)
31 December opening 10am -3pm (last admission 2.20pm)
1st January opening 3pm-7pm (last admission 6.20pm)

Admission fee Stadium of Domitian Experience Piazza Navona

Adult: 9€

Reduced: 7€

Junior: 5€

Admission to the Domitian Stadium is already included in your Rome City Pass. The ticket includes a multilingual audio guide (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian).

Adress Stadium of Domitian Experience Piazza Navona

Via di Tor Sanguigna 3 - 00186 - Rome, Italy

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Directions to the Stadion of Domitian Piazza Navona 

Bus: 46, 62, 64, 916, 916F to Corso so Vittorio Emanuele/s. A. Della Valle
30, 70, 81, 87, 130F, 492, 628 to Senato
Metro: Linie A to Spagna 

Special terms and conditions of use

Comfortable hiking shoes are recommended. The Domitian stadium is not wheelchair accessible. 

What you will get

  • Visit the underground levels of Piazza Navona, first opened to the public in 2014
  • 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
  • Learn more about the history of the Stadium/Piazza Navona/ancient Roman sports

The visit 

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 metres beneath street level in Piazza Navona. A rich selection of unpublished photos, 3-Dimensional reconstructions, videos and informative panels introduce visitors to the millenial history of the Stadium, its development into the current square and the evolution of ancient Roman sports.

There is also a bookshop where you can find art and history books, antique prints, postcards, gadgets, souvenirs of arts and multimedia DVDs. There is also a children's area. 

Stadium of Domitian 

In 1936, when the house bulit on the curved side of the Stadium were demolished, it was possible to uncover a portion of the cavea, where one of the main entraces was located. The archaeological finds retrieved during the excavations and on display here incluse 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 Francaise de Rome.

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 entraces, 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.

Experience the Stadium of Domitian for free with the Rome City Pass.

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