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Address: | Between Via dei Cerchi and Via del Circo Massimo, 00153 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 060608
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Picture more than 300,000 Roman spectators cheering chariot races inside...

Picture more than 300,000 Roman spectators cheering chariot races inside this huge Roman circus, which was built to entertain emperors during the time of Imperial Rome.

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A sight you have to use your imagination for

This is a sight I felt I had to see and I'm glad I did however you really need to use your imagination with it as it is really just a stretch of grass and dirt now. We did walk... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Scotland
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58 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a sight I felt I had to see and I'm glad I did however you really need to use your imagination with it as it is really just a stretch of grass and dirt now. We did walk the length of it though to try and get the full experience. I did have to explain what it would... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a huge terraced area near the colosseum. It is now a large open park with the ruins of the once enormous entertainment center of the Romans, including chariot races, battles, and gambling. The history of what this once was is what makes this place special.

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Poole
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the hop on bus trip by buying the Omnia Rome pass it was a great decision saving us hours particularly at the Vatican. While Rome is a walking city this route shows you all the main sights and one of the drop off points will be close enough to your hotel. The circus was good to see as... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site is obviously not how it used to be years ago, it is now just a plot of grass. If you are passing it would be worth stopping for a look, but i wouldn't go out of the way to have a look.

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Lowestoft, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Circus Maximus was the largest stadium in ancient Rome with a capacity of over 150,000 people. Today it is just a long open rectangular field, but let your imagination wander and you might just hear the chariots racing around the outside of the stadium. These days it's just a public park and to be honest there isn't much to see.... More 

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San Marcos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really not much to see here we were on our way to meet up with our tour group when we walked past this large grassy area near the river, there was construction ongoing so we kept going.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was an arena for spectators, a very large arena who had a capacity for 400.000 spectators; also till today it still retains something of its original purpose as an venue for festivals and concerts. I was there last year for the festival to commemorate the 2768 anniversary of Rome. A Great Feast in a green atmosphere ( meadow) under... More 

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Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on a tour bus when we went by here, so we did not get to go inside. But a bus tour is the best was to see the city, so do not try to do it one your own. YOU WILL MISS A LOT AND NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SEEING

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's not much here to see, the grounds haven't been maintained very well and can only vaguely make out the race track. My friend and I were almost scammed near this place. A man approached us asking for directions and then another acted as a police man. They tried to get us to show our wallets and passports. We just... More 

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Sterling, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Back in the day, Circus Maximus was where everyone would gather to watch the chariot races. Today, it is nothing but an open field basically. You have to use your imagination for sure but it is a very important piece of Roman history and their way of life. Considering it is right next to a metro stop and Palatine Hill,... More 

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