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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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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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Jerusalem, Israel
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

As you view the now empty and flat Circus Maximus, its hard to imagine the chariots that raced around the track and the fans screaming for their favorites. Just as we have NASCAR, the Romans had these races. There is a palpable feeling of what has happened here in the past. This is much more experiential than visual. Its well... More

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Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Bigger than you firs try think, not a great deal to see though there is a bit of excavation/building work going on at one end. Lovely view looking up to the Palatine hill though

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Galway
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136 reviews 136 reviews
55 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

There's not much remaining of the previously huge chariot track, but you can still admire the sheer size of it as you walk around it or take the bus. Best view of it though is from the back of the Temple of Apollo Palatinus in the "Roman Forum" archaeological area.

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Centreville, Virginia
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181 reviews 181 reviews
126 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Our teenage son was adamant about wanting to see the Circo Massimo, but was disappointed that the site was so devoid of ruins. The massive size of the circus and the estimation it held 300,000 spectators (or five times the crowds of the Colosseum) is impressive. Situated below the Palatine, ( there are wonderful views from the Palatine) this racetrack... More

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Clarkston, Michigan
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Our kids (5 & 8 yo) LOVED the Circus Maximus. There's very little wide open spaces in Rome so they eagerly raced my husband the entire length of it! The loved hearing it's history and that they were walking/racing where the ancient Romans did. The only downside is that when we got to the end of it and went to... More

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I got of the bus a stop early to walk across the Ccircus Maximus on my way to the Colosseum. As others have said, there's not much to see but a huge open space. So it's not worth a visit just for that. But it is interesting to see and spend a few minutes imaging what it would have been... More

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sydney
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

There isn't a great deal to see here, but it is interesting to see it anyway, and imagine what would have gone on there in the past.

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New York City, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I'm a history major so this was a must see, however you need a tour guide. No way you would stay here more than 5 minutes if you did not have someone who knows the history behind what your looking at tell you about it. Or an app I guess lol

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
31 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It is a shame that through the history of Rome this site has been poorly maintained and neglected. Imagine if this site was intact (similar to the Colloseum), this would be magnificent. Today, however this is poorly left in a state of ruin and many passers by would not know what this site was or is. I would certainly recommend... More

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Malta
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98 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Given that the epic Ben Hur was filmed here we wanted to visit.It was a huge disappointment as it is in a shabby state given its history. A real shame! Just have a look at it from the Palatine Hill.

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