19:00 - 21:30
Welcome Reception at Stadio Domiziano / Piazza Navona
Visit the ruins of the Stadium of Domitian (Unesco World Heritage Site) in Piazza Navona, which are located about 4.50 meters below street level. The archaeological site is all that remains of the first and only example of a masonry stadium up to now known in Rome. The Stadium was built in order to import in Rome the Greek athletic games appreciated by Domitian, but scarcely loved by the Romans, because the games were not tough and violent enough, but at the same time they also considered them as immoral; as a matter of fact, it was a mix of sports and artistic competitions where the clothing was rather lascivious. A visionary project with the purpose of “Romanize” the Greek Olympics.