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Circus Maximus, Rome

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#45 of 459 in Historic Sites in Rome
Head to ancient Rome at Circus Maximus, once the site of a Roman chariot racing stadium. This was the first and largest stadium in ancient Rome and its later empire. Enjoy a walk through the park to admire what remains of the place where more than 300,000 spectators once cheered on chariots. Information plaques displayed by the ruins tell more. With our international travel planner, Rome attractions like Circus Maximus can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The Circus Maximus is now a plain park, with only a very small portion of “archeology” from the original arena. It’s a lovely park for a run/walk, but less so for history. Just depends on what you’re ...  more »
  • Rome has so many sights, one upon the other, this quite large area, although surrounded by ruins and old buildings actually feels quite tranquil. There were barely any other people there in February a...  more »
  • Elongated enclosure that held the public games (racing cars or different shows). It is the largest stadium ever built by man, with capacity for 300,000 spectators. Currently just left but we can see the huge Esplanade which occupied.
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  • It's a big open field now..mainly used for events. Use your imagination to see Romans and gladiators race. We went to see the celebrations of the birthday of Rome here on the 21st of April. On this particular day a reenactment takes place on the fields which includes a Roman parade which truly brings everything into the correct historical context. I have added pictures below. From 2018 this event will span over 3 days and includes chariots, gladiators and horse races.
  • A long time ago this place may have been a total spectacle. However these days it is better observed from the Paletino hills as you can get a good high up view of the area. Maybe good to walk through but don't expect to spend a decent length of time here.
  • Don't be discouraged by the fact that all that remains of this giant arena is a large expanse of gravelled flat land. There is enough presence in what remains to allow you to appreciate the sheer scale of the original structure. It only requires a small amount of imagination to picture the scene as it would have been in ancient Roman times!! The large crowds, the chariots the horses etc. Worth a visit!!!
  • The sights and sounds of the Circus Maximus remind you of NYC. If you love the hustle and bustle of NYC you will love this place. Just be careful crossing the streets.
  • Fantastic to walk around and imagine the chariots roaring on by and the crowds cheering. Just to consider what has happened on this ground is mind blowing.
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