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Circus Maximus, Rome

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#42 of 527 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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  • On our first day in Rome, our private guide provided us an overview of the city. One area where he devoted considerable time was the Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo), during which he described the impor...  more »
  • Circus Maximus is one of the must see attractions in Rome because of it's significance in history. It was the home of chariot racing. You have to use your imagination quite a bit as it is not as well ...  more »
  • Although there is no remaining structure. The space is still cleared and the central spine is still discernable. Why do I like the place? Because the scale of this circus is truly amazing! While Piazz...  more »
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  • Interesting because of what it was, not so much because of what it is today. None of the structures that used to make up the Circus are still present, though you can see the outline of the track which is something. It just doesn't compare to the big sights like the Pantheon or the Colosseum, but it is worth paying a visit if you have the time
  • This is an interesting landmark to see if only for its historical significance. Basically, it is just a remnant now with the track still there to see. You can imagine where the legendary chariot races used to occur but it is a place now to sit, rest, take a break and imagine what occurred here a couple of millenia ago.
  • Am excellent find - very interesting learning about the Chariot Racing as well as what happened to the area in recent history. The VR headsets are a great addition too. Very clever bit of kit!!!!
  • Nice location and full of history. This is my second time going but also the second time being underwhelmed. Honestly, it is just a open broken down field now and not much to see. Definitely make it a destination to visit if you are a huge history buff, but if not, just take a look at it from afar from atop the Palatine hill.
  • An incredibly important historic monument to both Roman, sports and entertainment history. However, I feel more could have been made of it to give people a better understanding of the ancient atmosphere - it's a huge area that could be used to show people the chariots, and describe the carnage and drama that must have occured. It's not as famous as the Colosseum, but in many ways just as important, but today this just isn't reflected by the tourism/facilities available.
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