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Address: | Between Via dei Cerchi and Via del Circo Massimo, 00153 Rome, Italy
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Description: 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 Drive By

I've had the pleasure of going to Rome four times and while I would not recommend going out of your way to see the Circus Maximus since there really isn't anything there, you... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I've had the pleasure of going to Rome four times and while I would not recommend going out of your way to see the Circus Maximus since there really isn't anything there, you probably will drive by it on your way to other sights in the city.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

There is a metro station with a similar name and it is just outside when we come out. This is however closed for the foreseeable future.

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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The infamous chariot races were introduced here. Built by Trajan it had the Capacity to accommodate approx 400,000 people it was an arena to enjoy the spectacle of speed, rage, and death. Its 1/2 km long. Now its just a huge ground flanked by Mounds of Mud. But in Past it was a 3 story building of which only a... More 

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Rzeszow, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I was there during the Taize meetings. Circus was the place where we received food. Try to imagine 30k people there. It is possible only there. Amazing place, but in this moment except the shape of ground nothing survived.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a free site to visit and its worth the time. You get a fantastic view of palatine hill as well and it looks nice. There is also a circus maximus metro stop right beside it too so this makes it easy to get there.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

There is absolutely nothing to see! Do not waist a single second there! Go to the Bocca della Verita which is nearby.

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The circus today is a reminder of just how vast Rome was at one time. Though nothing really remains to give the effect of Ben Hur and his chariot racing around the arena, only the size is overwhelming. I solely walk in Rome if touring and exit the city at the Pyramid at the Ostia station; Circus Maximus is on... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I was not even aware I am in Circo Massimo when I was there. I asked someone along the road and they laughed, as I am already beside it. It is big, and nothing... Nothing worth more than 5 mins of staring...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is the place where you understand how big and powerfull ancient Rome was, by walking around it. It is not a must , but if you have time , it is good to,visot.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The visit gives you a sense of the size of the hippodrome and its relation to the imperial palace. There's not much else to see though.

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