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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 #396 of 687 Attractions in Rome
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Museums
Owner description: Picture more than 300,000 Roman spectators cheering chariot races...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Museums
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.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

oh, dear, not a chariot in site. If they removed the signs guiding you to this drab part of town you'd never know you'd arrived at, what to many is an iconic part of Rome history. Much as other reviewers have said, this was so disappointing...nothing remains other than a dubious tower so its really hard to gain an impression... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Ben Hur it is no longer. No upkeep really. Long empty field but you must walk imagining what used to be. Middle of town. Easy parking. Easy walk from all attractions

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

No artifacts or anything to see which is a shame. It's just a long park like strip of land, you can see where it may of been but nothing of interest to see.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Be warned Circo Massimo is easy enough to walk by and not realise what it was. Admittedly restoration works of the stadium and a starting tower are being carried out. It certainly doesn’t resemble anything from the movie Ben Hur! Today it’s just a very long piece of land at the bottom of steep banks, used mostly by people walking... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Very cool to walk by, but we went far out of our way to see it and were a bit disappointed. The Forum area is SO cool, spend more time there if you can. The Circus is behind the Forum, sort of toward nowhere. It's just a large, deep field - as big as 2-3 football fields. They are starting... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Its better seen from The forum, you can get a much better sense of scale from up there. all it is, is a strip of grass and dirt. don't waste the walk unless you are heading that way. Would be nice to see some information points or something to help bring it to life. its free but there is nothing... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Don't waste your time walking to this you can get a great view from inside the roman forum. It's basically an old track not much for runes. Somewhat disappointing

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Well, it looks like a grass hill running down the middle of a gravel field. That mostly sums it up. The city appears to be developing some other related ruins on the east side of the field that might improve the experience but as of my visit, they were still very much fenced off.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Another must see site. It will help to have some background history on this site to put in the context. Free entrance and great atmosphere of days gone by

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Very interesting to imagine what took place here. The subway station is very close and the place is worth checking out.

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