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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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This area is currently under construction and seems to always be under controversy over whether concerts can/should be held on the grounds of this former chariot race track... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This area is currently under construction and seems to always be under controversy over whether concerts can/should be held on the grounds of this former chariot race track. Overall, this was a MEH experience.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Despite the fact that the place has very few construction items left from its peak days, it was an exhilirating feeling running on the track. It doesn't take much fantasy to rebuild the structures between the track and the Forum Romanum before your inner eye. Of course, running was not the means of competition in that day, yet I did... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Just looks like any other large expanse of grass. Of course when you know what it is and what they did there it is much more interesting. We pretty much just walked by the area on the way to our hop on-hop off bus stop. Enjoyed a gelato and looked at it for a while.

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Toledo, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

It is sometimes difficult to imagine the chariot races and other events that occurred nearly 2,000 years ago here. Perhaps one can compare this place to an Indy 500 track today except that this place seated a quarter of a million spectators to watch chariot races!

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Bicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We learned about the history while doing the Red Bicycle City Tour. It's hard to believe such a large structure hasn't been built over in all this time and I love that the real estate all through Rome such as this isn't built over, and that it can still be used in some way like it used to be -... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This long rectangular space is where they held the early chariot races in Rome. It was the largest sports stadium in the world holding over 300,000 people. Now Romans use it for strolling in the afternoon or the young play soccer. Also used for musical events. There is very little the remains, however, they are excavating at the far end... More 

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Just imagine the excitement of this attraction. Have you ever seen the movie, 'Ben Hur' with Charleton Heston? If so, then you can relate to the excitement that took place here many, many years ago. If not, then I suggest you rent the movie before you visit. It is definitely a 'wow' moment.

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

There really isn't much left of circus maximus, if anything check it out when you are in the roman forum you can see it from the edge and probably get better pictures.

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Although it was interesting to see a place of such historical significance, in comparison to all the other venues we visited this was a little less impressive, as not much was left.

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Lihue, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

So not much is left here for you to see, but you can use your imagination after reading up on a little history about this place. It is definitely a big part of history here. It is much better to view it from Palatine Hill where you can see it from above to better visualize.

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Address: Address: Between Via dei Cerchi and Via del Circo Massimo, 00153 Rome, Italy
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Aventine

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