The Circus of Maxentius is an ancient structure in Rome, Italy; it is part of a complex of buildings erected by emperor Maxentius on the Via Appia between AD 306 and 312. It is situated between the second and third miles of the Via Appia between the basilica and catacombs of San Sebastiano and the imposing late republican tomb of Caecilia Metella, which dominates the hill that rises immediately to the east of the complex. It is part of the Parco Regionale Appia Antica .The Circus itself is the best preserved in the area of Rome, and is second only in size to the Circus Maximus in Rome. The only games recorded at the circus were its inaugural ones and these are generally thought to have been funerary in character. They would have been held in honour of Maxentius' son Valerius Romulus, who died in AD 309 at a very young age and who was probably interred in the adjacent cylindrical tomb . The imperial box of the circus is connected, via a covered portico, to the villa of Maxentius, whose scant remains are today obscured by dense foliage, except for the apse of the basilical audience hall, which pokes out from the tree tops. The complex was probably never used after the death of Maxentius in AD 312 .Arrange to visit Circus of Maxentius and other attractions in Rome using our Rome itinerary planning website .
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Circus of Maxentius Reviews
We stopped in while walking the Appian Way (about mile 3 from the entrance of the trail). There was no charge to get in but we put a donation in the box that was close to the entrance. Although the pl... more »
Quickly stop in and visit the Circus of Maxentius when you are on the Appian Way. It's free, its quick and it seems to be as well preserved as the Circus Maximus but without the fee. more »
The Appian way is a fantastic site in itself, but is studded, to either side, with historical attractions to visit. I was impressed by all of those I saw but this was definitely my favourite. The ruin... more »
30 min here plenty of time. The 3 buildings mausoleum, circus and palace are here. Palace is kind of hidden from view perhaps out of access. The mausoleum is styled in the Pantheon style with tufa bricks and interesting sepulchral half underground (as funeral holdings) and half above serve as temple. really not much to see; more experiential. The circus in size (if you use your imagination) is quite impressive, but none of the marble facing nor the wall of the race course is existent. I prefer to think of it (instead of circus) as a horse chariot racing and horse water station.
It was very quiet and peaceful here during our visit, and we were able to get a real sense of the scale of Maxentius' ambitions in building his huge sporting circuit, and the mausoleum for his beloved son. We didn't know much about the site before our visit, but it is presented sympathetically and largely unrestored, with just enough information to let you know what you are seeing and to allow your imagination to do the rest.
Nice walk from the Catacombs on appian way. Free
Best ruins of a circus I've seen. Can really picture the scale. Breathtaking to imagine
Near the Via Appia Antica. It's the best preserved circus. And still you have to use your imagination. But that's Roman monuments so special. When we visited the site there was a market with people dressed as Roman. Nice extra
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