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Address: Between Via dei Cerchi and Via del Circo Massimo, 00153 Rome, Italy
Description: Picture more than 300,000 Roman spectators cheering chariot races inside...
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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It's just an empty open field!

Was expecting at least a few remains of the historic Circus Maximus but when I visited the place it was just a plain field and an under construction grounds. Which you can't... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Was expecting at least a few remains of the historic Circus Maximus but when I visited the place it was just a plain field and an under construction grounds. Which you can't barely take pictures with because it has rails around it. Nothing so special about the place but considering it as a venue of a once historic location.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Ok, the architecture may be long gone and the place a left to nature but enough of it remains to enable you to feel what occurred on that very place so long ago. To imagine that you are walking in the footsteps of the sporting heroes of the day is very easy.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

In my head I expected there to be some sort of ruins of the original stadium but I was wrong. It is just a grass plane with a gravel track in spots. It is still good to have seen it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

For some reason I was hoping for more, even though I knew it was just grass land basically now. Still wanted to walk on it, and imagine what it might have been like.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Circus Maximus was a massive chariot racing stadium located just south of Palatine Hill. This was one of the ancient wonders of Rome, measuring over 600 metres in length and nearly 120 metres wide. It is suggested that it could hold up to 150,000 spectators at a time, which would make it the envy of modern day stadiums around the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I expected more...maybe expectations were too high. Was just a run down lot of grass, restaurant across the street made up for it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

As I stood, perched atop my Segway, I imagined the dust clouds from the chariots, the buzzing and chaos of the crowds, and all the excitement of being there. It's a bit smaller than I'd imagined, but a fascinating place to stop and rest on the tour. Thank you, Tony, from the Segway rental place !!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We happened upon this as it was suggested as an area to park the car while visiting the city. There is a section on the road above the ruins where you can get a full view of what is there and imagine what it once was - a great spot for a stroll, especially early before the crowds arrive, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Was expecting a visible track, but only saw a large, dusty field with scaffolding at one end. Nevertheless, it was still interesting to see.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Having historical context of this site is important given its current state. As an attraction on its own I would not rate it very high. We visited it when we went to see the Rolling Stones concert there in June 2014 and that was very special and cool indeed. But unless you are a huge Ben Hur fan, have other... More 

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