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Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)

Address: Between Via dei Cerchi and Via del Circo Massimo, 00153 Rome, Italy (Ripa / Aventino)
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Ranked #390 of 722 Attractions in Rome
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Picture more than 300,000 Roman spectators cheering chariot races...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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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York, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We decided to walk taking in the Colosseum, Pantheon and other sights on a slow meander on a warm October day and passed this on the way. It used to be a stadium where chariot racing took place although now it is a large open space now. Glad we saw it as it is an integral part of Ancient Rome... More 

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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Circus Maximum is a stadium from the days of Ancient Rome when thousands of spectators would crowd the stadium to see sporting events and other forms of entertainment. It's huge and well within walking distance from many of the important structures of Ancient Rome.

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Pretoria
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This time we walked to Circo Massimo and realized that Colosseum, Circi Massimo, Spanish Steps and several other places of interest are within acceptable walking distance, saving money and allowing a better perspective of Rome. Guides are available at the respective places of interest if needed.

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Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Cool if you have some background. Otherwise it's just a large open space in the city. Study a bit and then go for it.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This was not on my bucket list, though I have spent enough time reading and watching documentaries on the chariot races. As I emerged and walked down the slope onto the gravel, I thought this resembled something special, but it wasn't until I climbed the other side and saw the scale of the arena that I realised exactly where I... More 

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Baltimore MD
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I am glad I walked by it, but there is not much to see. I walked the length on my way to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. It is now a huge empty field, not much to see. The only thing I really noted was the size, much larger than I imagined. Not worth a special stop if you... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

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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Perth Australia
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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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