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Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)

Between Via dei Cerchi and Via del Circo Massimo, 00153 Rome, Italy (Ripa / Aventino)
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Ranked #413 of 730 Attractions in Rome
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Owner description: Picture more than 300,000 Roman spectators cheering chariot races inside this huge Roman circus, which was built to entertain emperors during the time... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tubingen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

When I visited this place, I had in mind the famous chariot race of Benhur which took place here. But after seeing the current condition it may be a bit disappointing. Right now only a long grassy area is left and at one of the end there is a small part of the ruins where the spectators used to sit... More

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Fortaleza, CE
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

There is not much to see in the Circus Maximus. You can look what is left during a bus ride that takes you there. Also the same view is possible from the Roman Foro.

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Calgary
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Circus Maximus was the sight of chariot races like you've seen in the film Ben-Hur. But today it is just a long empty field. It is quite disappointing and not worth a visit. Rock concert are sometime held here.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

For such an historical site I feel more should be made of it. I'm not in favour of turning it into something like a theme park but surely it deserves more than being left as a piece of parkland.

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Need a good tour guide to really appreciate this site. Not more than a empty park surrounded by a small hill. Was used for Chariot racing amongst other activities.

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Whitby, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Interesting and beautiful but you need to pack your imagination. I loved it, walking on the grass imagining the sights and sounds in this open field, but others may find it a struggle to imagine

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Circus Maximus was once a huge stadium where chariot traces were held, apparently accommodating 50,000 spectators. Now it's just an open space with grass, a gravel ring and plenty of beer bottle tops, broken glass bottled and cigarette butts. It's interesting to see where this was located in context of the other Ancient Rome sites , but there's honestly not... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It's really a long field but if do your research before arriving and use your imagination, you can place yourself watching a chariot race like "Ben Hur". It was on my list to check off and see. It has historical significance. It would help if there were some type of historic markers around it showing where Caesar would have sat,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We visited with our kids and had fun goofing around and making races like the Romans did. The racetrack itself is fairly plain now so you have to add imagination.

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Hunter Valley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Imagine walking by the Circo Massimo and seeing a gladiatorial contest taking place. I thought I had travelled back in time when I happened across the unexpected spectacle of two groups of men dressed as gladiators, surrounded by fair maidens, going hell for leather with wooden swords and spears. While it was play acting for the benefit of a large,... More

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