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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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Dayton, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

You will see from the road. There are so many ruins that are much preserved much better. This was not impressive . But since you will pass on the road to and from the colosseum you might pause the car for a quick pic

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Leigh-on-Sea, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This is the site where chariot races took place – think “Ben Hur” – and used to seat 300,000 people. Today it is just a long area of grass, with a slight mound down the middle and slopes on either side which is where the seats would have been. There is really nothing much to see here other than a... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is pretty much just a large open area - there really isn't a lot to see. You can get a good view of it from Palatine Hill.

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Chalfont Saint Peter, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
51 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The Circus Maximus has significance in Rome as the first Chariot racing stadium. It is completely open and you can walk through it from one end to the other (there are some excavations at one end at the moment) but I will warn you it is a lot bigger than you think. We discovered this one hot sunny afternoon when... More

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Ireland
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256 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

It may be difficult to fully visualise today the role and magnificence that this venue had in ancient Rome. It was the first and most massive chariot racing stadium, capable of holding over 150,000 of an avid audience. After the fall of Rome it fell into disrepair and it was plundered for building materials. In modern times it has been... More

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is one large field but it was nice to walk along and get a feeling for the size of the place and the history here

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London, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

To imagine this place would have been full of life, races and fun and now it is nothing other than a large field with a view of palatine hill it is a little overwhelming, still, with the colosseum and the roman forum just being up the road its worth passing by and taking some time to just sit, take in... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Not much to see here, but still good to see something so old. The day we went, excavators were working on the east end.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

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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