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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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Ranked #419 of 687 attractions in Rome
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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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Maldon, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We stumbled upon this by accident on our way to Piazza della Bocca della Verita. You can clearly see the tracks that a chariot would have raced and where the public games were held annually. Steeped in history, this site is well worth a visit.

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Haifa, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Without sounding too superficial, this is basically a 600x200 meter park with nothing much in or around it. The history and stories around the Circo Massimo are thrilling, but little to nothing of it is left. Do check it out when you're around the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

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Houston, Texas
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Went here thinking I was going to see something impressive and got barely anything to see but a bunch of grass and a few columns.

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New York City, New York
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42 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

There isn't much left of the original construction, however there is a lot of history around its trials and tribulations leading up to its current condition. Looks like they are doing some sort of work there now so not sure what the plans are. Also good if you want to do a morning jog on history filled dirt. Anyhow take... More

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Cairo, Egypt
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22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We passed by Circus Maximus while having our city sightseeing tour, and frankly it wasn't that interesting. We didn't even consider going on this stop not to waste 30 min. I do believe that this place holds a very historical meaning; but for now; i believe it will be much more interesting in a movie.

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Spangdahlem, Germany
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Other wise this is a waste of a walk, as it looks nothing like the arena it was. It was used for chariot racing, and now is just trash and grass.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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33 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is far more than a green hole in the ground. The history and things that took place at this site are amazing. They are working on uncovering the site and making some renovations so soon it will possibly be open. With Palatine Hill as a back drop to this place you will have to use a little of your... More

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Having read recent reviews before posting this Im stunned by the wingers and their lack of appreciation of this heritage site, Yes its just a green indentation -but its also surrounded by amazing ruins and the historical importance is enormously inspiring. Stand in the arena, close your eyes and absorb millenia of epic history and culture.Yes its neglected, yes its... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We walked from the forum, after a long trek round Rome, expecting to see something, yes I had read all about it telling my husband about the 300,000 spectators, what a sight that must of been we must go. We got there only to stand there looking at a stretch of grass and some mud, what a let down. Poor... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

There isn't really anything here. Looks more like a park than circus Maximus but I'm sure if you had a guide, you might be able to imagine what the chariot races were like.

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