piazza navona



Colosseum was not the only place where gladiators used to fight each other to death in order to entertain both common people and emperors. One more location was used in ancient Rome for this purpose: what we know today as Piazza Navona. The shape of the square doesn’t effectively leave any room to doubts, as aerial pictures clearly point out: it rises on what was know in the past as Stadium of Domitian.
After many years restoration, the remains of this stadium are finally accessible to public. The affiliated museum currently hosts the exhibit “Gladiators – Arms and armors in the Roman Empire”. On show the most perfect replicas of the gladiator’s equipment on the ground of the archaeological remains: more than 350 pieces on display to understand the evolution of a custom which has become a world-renowned symbol of Roman history.
Museum & exhibition tickets: €6- €8.
Hotel Des Artistes is connected to Piazza Navona by several bus lines: ask us for further info!

Piazza Navona

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the factores that render this square admirable:piazza navona

4. Legend

A. Costanza de Cupis, was an adorable woman with beautiful hands. When an abbot saw the replica of her hands made by craftsman, said ‘If these hands where for real they would be cut.’ She heard about the curse and from that time on ward she lived in anguish and fear. One day she pricked her hand with a needle and her hand was cut because of infection.

B. Sant’ Agnes in Aragone, a young lady refused to marry a Roman prefect’s son and was threatened to be exposed of her faith in Jesus. She stayed on faith and was thrown naked into a brothel. Men who visited her were not able to see her naked, nevertheless the prefect’s son along with others came to mock her but he was hit with blindness. A lieutenant tried to kill Agnes first by fire but later he killed her with a sword.

5. Pasquino ‘talking statue’

Since 1501, Romans attached anonymous satirical messages against the Pope, aristocrats or his government below Pasquino. His origin remains unclear: a barber, a tailor or a shoemaker.

Popes were not sympathetic with Pasquino. Infact, Pope Adrian VI planned to throw the statue into river Tiber but feared uproar of Romans and later he assigned guards to stop people attaching messages but people used other talking statues. Benedict XII also tried to impose punishments on those who posted messages.

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