Circus Maximus
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Neighborhood: Aventine
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.
How to get there
  • Circo Massimo • 5 min walk
  • Fori Imperiali-Colosseo • 10 min walk
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The Spanish Steps Apartment
Rome, Italy25,419 contributions
Nov 2022
Ancient Rome's greatest "circus" for chariot racing, at the foot of the Palatine Hill. Today, a grassy area where people come to walk dogs or hang out. We did the Circus Maximus Virtual Reality Experience and really enjoyed it, well worth the 12 euros to make this site come alive.
Written November 13, 2022
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,396 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Of all of Ancient Rome’s sights, I was looking forward to seeing this one the most. Unfortunately, there isn’t much left and I had to really use my imagination to picture this place in its heyday. I didn’t take the virtual tour, but simply followed the information boards placed around the area - 5 euro entrance fee. Some of the boards provided artist renderings if what the site looked like when the races were held here and this definitely helped. What I found most fascinating were the changes to the area over the millennia. To think that what was once used for chariot races and such was eventually abandoned, flooded and virtually buried only to become a market garden is hard to imagine - but I guess nothing lasts forever.
Written March 1, 2020
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dkw239
Suffolk, UK208 contributions
May 2022
You can stroll along most of it, as it is still used by the locals for recreation and a gathering place for special occasions. There is only one part of it that has actual ruins. Its worth paying the 12 euros for the full experience tour, which uses virtual reality head sets and brings the history alive. Check the opening times for this.
Written May 27, 2022
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BillPNo1
Friendswood, TX690 contributions
Sep 2019
On our last stay in Rome, last summer, we were fortunate to have been staying in a hotel just one block from the northwest end of The Circus Maximus in Rome and were able to pass by the Circus Maximus frequently during our two stays there. The Circus Maximus is quite impressive, largely because of it's size and extent. Although now looking probably very different from how it appeared two thousand years ago, the sheer size of the Circus Maximus is staggering when one considers how and when it was built. A little imagination of how it must have seemed and appeared to an Ancient Roman develops an appreciation for this historic location that stays in one's mind.
Do not miss a (quick, if necessary) visit to the Roman Collisseum.
Written June 3, 2020
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CaptainEero
Kyiv, Ukraine57 contributions
Feb 2020
Ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium and not only that. Gladiators, boxing, sports and even bloody fights beasts vs. human.
Standing there in the middle of stadium with closed eyes, remembering the old classic film Ben Hur and feeling excited. You can almost hear horses and chariots clatter.
Even though in that film race was not there but in Judea.
Written February 18, 2020
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Xander61
Charles Town, WV72 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Came to Rome for New Year’s . The party was going to be at Circus Maximus . Rather disappointed in the Entertainment. The Sky ballet was really cool but most of the stage acts were rather boring. I will admit that lacking the ability to understand Italian has some bearing on my opinion but judging by the crowds reaction every one felt the same.
The fireworks and laser show at midnight was outstanding.
The real excitement was the trip back to the hotel after the show. Metro was ridiculous couldn’t even get in the station so we walked to the next .it was closed so we had to run through the back streets of Rome at 2am to reach the next station before it closed for the night
All in all quite the evening
Written June 27, 2020
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mgsnorwich
Norwich, UK1,020 contributions
Sep 2020
Another amazing part of the City. Flat, it looks as if the track is over 800 meters long in a shape with two long sides and a sharp bend at each end. You can easily imagine the chariots thundering around the arena. At one time it had a capacity of over 150,000 spectators but, like much of Rome, is regrettably overgrown. And only one end is open to visitors but which was shut because of Covid when we tried to visit. But to get a feeling for the sheer scale, walk down to the track, cross the centre to the other side of the track and climb up to the top of the viewing bank opposite. It is huge.
Written October 13, 2020
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majesty318
Rahway, NJ1,664 contributions
Feb 2020
Google Maps does not really seem to know where Circo Massimo is located. I arrived on the wrong side which meant quite a long trek down the field to the entrance at the opposite end. Check your directions carefully.

Without the virtual reality headset, this is essentially a large open field with a couple rocks. The virtual reality really makes it come alive as you can see what the stadium looked like in ancient times. It is especially interesting as there are multiple stations, each with different scenery and info, and in real life you are then looking exactly where the reenactment on the headset is taking place. The staff was very helpful, expecting difficulties using the headsets.

Not sure if this would be good for kids, even with the virtual reality, as each station has quite a bit of historical commentary.
Written March 11, 2020
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zoe
Manchester, UK4 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Service was unhelpful and unfriendly. Not a welcoming experience at all. We had booked online, arrived on time with the kids and looked round a pretty empty space. As we were heading back we saw the VR headsets. Asked at the ticket desk and first it was our tickets didn’t include them (they did) and then it was we had to leave passports to use them. We don’t carry our passports, but would have been happy to leave 2 new iPhones as deposit. That wasn’t good enough. Don’t bother, look around from the outside, you’ll still see all of it .
Written February 26, 2022
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monicatperalta
Gibraltar1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Friends
Very rude lady staff asked to sit in shade as we were 20 min early , if I could use a chair . plain and rude no and no to use wc . I thought it was very rude tone of voice and lack of kindness .
Written June 24, 2022
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