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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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On the day we visited this extensive site was largely given over to archaeological excavations and (possibly) improvements to facilitate access. We could not enter the site and it... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

It's alright - it's exactly as you see it in the photo. It's just a dirt track in a gulley. When we went, they were making improvements to the buildings at the far end, presumably to make it more visitor-friendly. Cool to see because of its history, but not much to see now in modern times. Totally skippable, if you... More 

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Birchington, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

On the day we visited this extensive site was largely given over to archaeological excavations and (possibly) improvements to facilitate access. We could not enter the site and it was quite hard even to access from ground level as it is now surrounded by very busy roads. It is, however, best seen from the Imperial Palace walls if you do... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Really neat when overlooked from Palatine Hill. Fun to imagine what it used to be like. Amazingly huge

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Warrenton, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

You can almost hear the roar of the crowd and the thundering hooves of the horses. This remarkably well preserved site is an incredible peek back into time that we've not been able to experience through the eyes of filmmakers.

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Long Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Our guide drove us to a hill/overlook area so we could see Circus Maximus. My big question is 'why'? There is truly nothing to see except for a piece of land about the size of a football field that has a dirt track around it and a few trees and bushes. We were shown a book with pictures of 'what... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

It is lovely to just remember the past and you are walking in the same area where the chariot raced! A fantastic experience.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Although a lot of it is not there any more, what remains is really impressive. World famous and deservedly so. Spectacular now, can only imagine how it must have been back in Roman times

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

On the face of it its a field... BUT if you remember that thousands of slaves built this and many thousands of people would have visited it it during the races it must have been a complete wonder to the people of rome.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Due to preservations the normal view was limited but on the side street they did have good descriptions of what it used to be like. If on,y it had of been preserved years back or not torn apart by years of change. Amazing to see.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

There is nothing really to do other then remind yourself that you are walking where Romans with Chariots raced ages ago .

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

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