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Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)

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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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So it's a big empty grassy sloped oval...next to busy streets...move on..

Well it was interesting to see, but nothing to write home about. If you didn't know what it was you would probably think it was just an oddly shaped park. It's worth a looksy to... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Northborough, Massachusetts
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Northborough, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Well it was interesting to see, but nothing to write home about. If you didn't know what it was you would probably think it was just an oddly shaped park. It's worth a looksy to say you have seen it, take a picture...but don't miss out on the major attractions for this. We did our own chariot races!

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Provo, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Not much left of this sight but it's massive! Our guide said it seated 100,000? could be wrong and that it was favored over the other colosseum because women were allowed inside :)

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

I wouldn't go out of my way for this, especially since it's all in development and there's very little to see at the moment. The information about the history of it is very interesting though, hopefully once it's developed more it will be nicer to visit.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This is much bigger than I imagined you can see from the grass verge on the one side how high it was and the amount of people it would hold. It must have been a sight to see chariots racing round. Not much left of it to just the open space but looking at some books you can imagine how... More 

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Aiea, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

It's unfortunate there's not more left of this grand arena. You can see the scale of the place and walk in the path of the old chariot "racetrack". But, as many reviewers have noted, it's mostly an empty field with some ruins reclamation at one end. You have to use a little imagination and remember Ben Hur to visualize the... More 

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Brookfield, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

There is really nothing to see here. It is essentially an oval shaped field and nothing else. I have to write 100 words to submit this review, so hopefully this sentence does it.

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Yuma, Az
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

All you can see from the street now is a big area with grass. But just to imagine what this once was and the seating and chariot races they once had. If you didn't know what this was, you'd think it is a retention basin.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

Walking by this field, I thought it was a dog park. You can kinda see the outline of a track. At least people are cleaning after their dogs.

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Cardross, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

My mistake didn't read anything about it before hand, so was surprised its just overgrown park, ok its big. Fortunately we were walking to the Mouth of truth so had to walk on it, but wouldn't go there just for it alone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

So we were walking from Trastevere to the Metro (a long walk) and walked along the western (or southern) edge of the area. Lots of couples and families using the area as a nice afternoon walk or picnic or small ball game. It was pleasant and peaceful. I'm sure lots of history to be had but we didn't stop, simply... More 

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Contrary to the chaos of the city, the Aventine is Rome’s oasis. A neighborhood made up of a patchwork of ancient churches, hidden gardens, private homes and embassies, peace and quiet is top priority and the vibe definitely friends and family. Take a walk around the Aventine and you’ll find a treasure hunt of surprises like the clever little keyhole at the Knights of Malta entrance (the only place you’ll find a line) along with Parco Savello (Giardino degli Aranci) next to the ancient Santa Sabina church. Keep your eyes on the 1960s architecture, several modern buildings are built atop Rome’s original 4th century BC wall.