Get ready to enter in a real time-machine, a few meters underneath the chaotic life of Rome.
The remains of the Stadio di Domiziano, built by the homonymous Emeperor, are located today underneath Piazza Navona, and they are in a strategic way to re-enter the touristic-cultural circuit and represents the roman culture. It will also become a place for people to meet and socialise. Like Nero before him, Domitian was well aware that by entertaining the people, he could gain high approval and at the same time maintain social peace. In the history of the ancient Rome, it is the first and only example of masonry Stadium, built to celebrate the Certamen Capitoline Iovi, five-year race established in 86 AD, as a copy of the Greek Olympic competitions. Indeed, the Stadium was built in order to import in Rome the Greek athletic games appreciated by Domitian. A visionary project with the purpose of “Romanize” the Greek Olympics. The building, which measured 275 feet long by 106 wide, could hold about 30,000 spectators (the Colosseum 50/60.000). The games were called agones and the name of the square from ” agon” became “in agone“, “innagone“, ” navone ” and then “Navona”