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Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo) Tours

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Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)
Rome’s Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)—a massive arena for chariot races, games, religious ceremonies, and civic events—was the largest stadium in the Roman Empire. A major restoration in 2016 yielded a spruced-up archaeological site comprising arched walkways, ancient shops, a newly excavated cobbled road, and the Circus track’s oblong outline and starting gates.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: Via del Circo Massimo, Rome, Province of Rome 00186, Italy
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3 Hours Rome Hi Bike Tour with Circus Maximus Virtual RealityAttraction Tickets

3 Hours Rome Hi Bike Tour with Circus Maximus Virtual Reality

Explore Rome on your own with your compact electric pedal free HI bike. Enjoy 3 hours bike rental and combine your City bike tour with a unique virtual reality experience at the CIRCUS MAXIMUS: discover the city using your personalised audio guide on selected itineraries. Use your reserved ticket and relive the ancient splendours of the Circus Maximus in the imperial period of Rome through augmented and virtual reality. The headsets available give a virtual rendering of the Circus Maximus by overlapping images of the past to the present-day reality to reconstruct its initial magnificence: in particular, the Arch of Titus will appear in its original majestic height. The 40-minute walking itinerary is available in 7 languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Chinese). Grab an ice cream on the way back!!
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Circus Maximus Caracalla Bath and Aventine Hill Tour in Rome

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Explore several of Ancient Rome’s most famous sites during this small group walking tour. Learn about historic bathing culture at the Baths of Caracalla, the second largest thermal bath of Rome, before visiting Circus Maximus, the stadium where chariot races were held. Climb one of the seven hills of Rome, Aventine Hill, for panoramic views over the city.
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Take a Rome hop-on hop-off tour by open-top bus, and spend time city sightseeing as you travel past attractions such as the Colosseum and Vatican City. Relax aboard the double-decker Rome tour bus, listen to the audio commentary and hop on and off at any of the stops. Select a sightseeing ticket that’s valid for 24 or 48 hours, or pick an upgrade option to include entry to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Roman Forum and more.
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Circo Maximo virtual experience

This 40-minute walking itinerary, through continuous flashbacks to the past thanks to reconstructions in augmented and virtual reality, will enable you to see the life of the age-old valley unfold before your eyes, stroll through the Roman shops and watch a chariot race among shouts of encouragement and overturned chariots. Relive the ancient splendours of the Circus Maximus in the Imperial Period of Rome through augmented and virtual reality! The headsets available give a virtual rendering of the Circus Maximus by overlapping images of the past to the present-day reality to reconstruct its initial magnificence: in particular, the Arch of Titus will appear in its original majestic height.
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Priority Entrance Colosseum & Imperial Rome Afternoon Tour

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Indulge in all things Imperial Rome with this informative and entertaining 3-hour guided afternoon tour. Traverse the city on foot and by comfortable coach as you hit all the important sites related to the Roman Empire,including the Forum, Capitoline Hill, the Circus Maximus and a skip-the-line Colosseum tour. And bonus: pop into the Church of St. Peter in Chains to see some marvelous Michelangelo sculptures, including his masterpiece, 'Moses.'
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Rome Segway Tour

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Explore the landmarks of ancient Rome on a Segway tour with an experienced guide. On your own electric Segway, cruise by major Rome attractions like the Roman Forum, Colosseum, and Circus Maximus. Learn about the Eternal City’s 2,000-year-old ruins while you zoom along the streets, and stop by the Mouth of Truth, Rome’s legendary ‘lie detector.’ Limited to just eight people, this tour provides a small-group experience.
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Rome by Night Tour Including Dinner

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See the Eternal City lit up at night on this evening tour of Rome with dinner. Begin at a restaurant near the Trevi Fountain for a traditional Italian meal, then take a walk around the area—part of Rome’s historical center—to enjoy the nighttime ambiance. Afterward, a panoramic coach tour takes you to see illuminated attractions, finishing at the Colosseum.
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Experience over 2,500 years of history on a private tour through one of the world’s most popular and influential regions—Rome’s beautiful historical district. Roam the streets of this city in a comfortable, covered, street-legal golf cart—providing access unavailable on foot. This family-friendly sightseeing tour offers a narrated journey of the palaces, monuments, churches, fountains, and statues that define the rich heritage of the capital and largest city in Italy.
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Get an insider's look at Rome on this full-day guided walking and driving tour of the Eternal City. Learn the cities secrets and see some hidden gems as the professional guide leads you around this bustling town, starting off at the Colosseum before heading to the Circus Maximus.
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