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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 726 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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Stockholm, Sweden
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

On the map it seems like an interesting area but there is nothing to see actually. It has its historical importance of course, but it's still quite pointless to visit. Without trees/shadow this area can be especially warm during the summer.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

I went looking for a a theatre and found a sandy track showing where it once was, but the park is a nice place to relax away from the crowd and has a lovely bar and ice shop to the north west edge of the green.

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Carp, Ontario
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

There really isn't anything to see but a long stretch of nothing. I think they were doing restorations or something when we left. It would be nice to see what could come of it.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The Circus Maximus lies a short ways from the Colosseum and Forum. It is a big open park and is a pleasant place to walk. It's very interesting to imagine what must have gone on there in ancient times. When we visited it looked like they were excavating or renovating part of the area, so it would be fun to... More

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Jakarta
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Because it's history, because its famous history, this huge plain is left up to your imagination as to what happened in centuries gone by. The smells, noise, scenes. it's all for you to imagine and live through! worth a visit.

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Hillsdale, ON
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16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

You have to be a true history buff to appreciate this one. There is very little left of this former race track.

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Valencian Country, Spain
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17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I was a bit frustrated when I saw it for the first time. It's pretty much an empty space covered with grass. But then, after understanding what was this, you can use the imagination to feel the history around this place. This was a kind of arena where battles and parades takes place, so it makes sense to have almost... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

There really is nothing to see here, but a open, sunken, oval field. Visitors expecting to see structural ruins will be disappointed. The only attraction here is to let your imagination run wild in thinking about the extent of the race track and the huge numbers of spectators that once lined the track for epic events. This was the venue... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We visited Circus Maximus the day before the Rolling Stones had a concert there, so it looked more or less like a building site. But otherwise it would probably have been even less things to see, just an open field for racing horses at. But for once the information at the site was very good and made it worth visiting... More

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London, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This was the chariot racing arena for ancient Rome. Think Ben Hur. Apart from a couple of small structures it is now a sunken area with grassy banks but at time of visit it seems that they are working to make it a more significant tourist attraction.

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