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Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)
Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)

Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)

Free admission
Via del Circo Massimo, Rome, Province of Rome, 00186

The Basics

Measuring more than 2,000 feet (610 meters) long and 387 feet (188 meters) wide, and capable of holding an audience of 150,000, the Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo) was built on the plain between Aventine Hill and Palatine Hill in the sixth century BC. Five centuries later, Julius Caesar gave the venue its distinctive shape—especially suited to chariot racing. The stadium was enlarged repeatedly over the next several centuries, and Emperor Trajan completely rebuilt it in the early second century. Its last recorded use dates from the sixth century, after which the site fell into disuse and became a public park.

Today, as one of the most important sites dating from imperial Rome in Italy’s capital, the Circus Maximus is best visited as part of an Ancient Rome guided tour, which also includes skip-the-line access to the underground chambers and arena inside the Colosseum and the ruins of the Roman Forum. You can combine private Circus Maximus visits with an Aventine Keyhole tour, for the iconic view of St. Peter’s Basilica through the famous garden door.

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Circus Maximus Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill Tour in Rome
Circus Maximus Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill Tour in Rome
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$48.42 per adult
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Interesting and In Depth Tour with Awesome Guide!
Judy from Ireland is just a treasure and honored the tour even though it was just the two of us because of the pandemic. Super knowledgeable and worked hard to adjust the tour to avoid overlapping places we'd seen multiple times before and narrated the walking times between sites with super interesting tid-bits about the location. Well worth taking the tour and highly recommend Judy!
DeborahW_W, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Rome

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Fun and interesting
Ann_B, Aug 2021
Circus Maximus Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill Tour in Rome
The guide was a very lovely lady, how had a ton load of information to share. I found it very interesting and worthwhile.
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Worth seeing!
Teresa F, May 2019
Circus Maximus Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill Tour in Rome
My daughter and I booked a tour to see these sights. Our tour guide Flavio was amazing! He's an extremely knowledgeable guide. Without a doubt, I would recommend him. The sights were something to behold. Words cannot explain ... definitely worth seeing.
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Excellent guide made the tour great
Margaret A, Nov 2018
Circus Maximus Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill Tour in Rome
Even with rain and wind at the beginning of this tour, it was a great way to see these parts of Rome. We've done a number of tours in Rome and this was one of the best. We were not familiar with the Caracalla Bath but found it intriguing, due to the knowledge of our guide. We had taken the tour because we wanted to visit the Circus Maximus with someone who knew the history and we were not disappointed. And having done the Palatine Hill on another tour we were pleased to get a good view on the Aventine Hill.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Circus Maximus is a must-see for ancient history and architecture buffs, and all first-time visitors to Rome. Older children especially enjoy visiting this huge Roman circus and imagining it filled with thousands of cheering Roman spectators.

  • Circus Maximus and combo tours are mostly outdoors, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. A hat and sunblock are particularly important in summer.

  • The Circus Maximus is accessible to wheelchair users except for the Torre della Moletta (a watchtower located on the site dating from the Middle Ages) and the highest perimeter terrace.

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How to Get There

The Circus Maximus is located between Via dei Cerchi and Via del Circo Massimo in central Rome. Take the metro’s Line B to Circo Massimo station, located directly in front of the archaeological site.

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When to Get There

The Circus Maximus is open from Tuesday to Friday for guided tours, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm to the general public. As it’s an outdoor archaeological site, try to visit on clear days when the temperature is mild.

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The Egyptian Flaminio Obelisk

The towering Flaminio Obelisk (Obelisco Flaminio) in the center of Rome’s Piazza del Popolo was built in Egypt in the 13th century BC. Emperor Augustus had it brought to Rome in 10 AD and placed as part of the central barrier in the Circus Maximus. Pope Sixtus V moved it to its current location in 1587.

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