It was designed in the 1920s as a complement to the annexed Academy of Physical Education (now the seat of CONI, Italian Olympic Committee), to be used by its students for training. Originally designed by Enrico Del Debbio, construction was completed in 1928. It has Carrara marble steps lined by 59 (60 in the original project) marble statues in classical style portraying athletes that perform various sporting disciplines. Each statue was offered by the provinces of Italy.
Stadio dei Marmi was also the host for the 2009 World Aquatics Championships opening ceremony.
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- 1960 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. pp. 64–5.
- 1960 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2, Part 2. pp. 437–60.
- Stadio dei Marmi profile. ‹See Tfd›(in French)