If you happen to be going down Via Merulana from the Basilica of St. John Lateran to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, at Largo Leopardi you will run into a rather remarkable building dating from the Roman period: The Auditorium Maecenatis.
The building’s name dates back to the time of its discovery, which occurred during excavations in 1874. It was first thought to be an auditorium, a small covered theatre within the Gardens of Maecenas. But it is more likely to have been a summer nymphaeum-triclinium, meaning a banquet hall that was half-sunken into the earth, and therefore somewhat cooler, which was once used for friendly get-togethers enlivened with water games.
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