Visit three of Rome’s most important monuments: the fastidiously-engineered Pantheon, and the archaic Santa Maria in Via Lata, where Saint Paul is claimed to have spent two years under house arrest, the Stadium of Domitian at the underground of the magnificent Navona square.
The Pantheon is one of the Roman Empire’s best-preserved buildings, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome. Later rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian, it’s extraordinary, spherical interior has been in constant use throughout its history, and it’s been a Catholic church since the 7th century.
From the Piazza della Rotonda in front of the Pantheon, proceed to the Piazza di Pietra, or “Stone Square,” to admire the Temple of Hadrian, built by the deified emperor’s adopted son and successor, Antoninus Pius. Then continue to the church of Santa Maria in Via Lata, the crypt of which Saint Paul supposedly spent 2 years in awaiting his trial. It first became a Christian place of worship in the 5th century, constructed within the remains of a large Roman warehouse to serve as an oratory beneath the present church.
Here you will discover some rare and well-preserved frescoes, as well as an ancient well of pristine waters that, according to legend, was a gift from God in response to Saint Paul’s prayers.
Proceed to Piazza Navona.
The form of the splendid and famous Piazza Navona is derived from the Stadium of Domitian, you will have the chance of discover part of the original one under the actual square. Some scholars believe it was the most elegant place for shows of the ancient world . The stadium was the first sport’s building built in Rome to house the gymnastic competitions : running, wrestling, boxing; discover this unusual site and enjoy one of the most and enchanting square in the world; spend a few minutes at one of its cafés for un unforgettable glace emotion.