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Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo) Tours

Rome’s Circus Maximus—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.

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Ancient Rome Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena, Upper Tier Tour, Rome, null
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Ancient Rome Colosseum Underground Chambers, Arena, Upper Tier Tour

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Experience the full glory of Rome's Colosseum on a walking tour with skip-the-line entry! Accompanied by an expert guide who is passionate about Roman history, ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Skip the Line Private Tour: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Art History Walking Tour, Rome, ... 
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Skip the Line Private Tour: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Art History Walking Tour

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Explore the Colosseum and Forum in style on a private walking tour with an art expert, and skip the queues for the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. Accompanied by ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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2-Hour Rome Colosseum Skip-the-Line Tour, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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2-Hour Rome Colosseum Skip-the-Line Tour

Take this opportunity and visit, one of the finest masterpieces in the world with a fast track entry ticket, the Colosseum in Rome. Get a swift but ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Private Circus Maximus and Aventine Keyhole Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Private Circus Maximus and Aventine Keyhole Tour

Enjoy a fascinating private 2-hour tour of the Circus Maximus and the Aventine Hill led by an expert guide. Visit the grandest entertainment venue of ancient ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $298.40
Classic Car Tour of Rome and Ostia seaside, including Light Lunch and Guided Ostia Antica Site, ... 
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Classic Car Tour of Rome and Ostia seaside, including Light Lunch and Guided Ostia Antica Site

Get the best view of Rome while driving a gleaming Italian car of the 60s and 70s. Enjoy the eternal city of Rome and get the chance to have a guided visit ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 6 to 7 hrs

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Ancient Rome and Colosseum Private Tour with Underground Chambers Arena, Rome, Classic Car Tours
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Ancient Rome and Colosseum Private Tour with Underground Chambers Arena

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Tour the Colosseum in Rome with this private 3-hour tour with a skip-the-line ticket. Enjoy access to the areas of the Colosseum, including places normally ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Classical Rome City Tour with Trevi Fountain and Pantheon, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Classical Rome City Tour with Trevi Fountain and Pantheon

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Spend your morning on this classic Rome tour, seeing all the top attractions in Rome’s ‘centro storico’ – its historic center. By both coach and foot, visit ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Flexible

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6-Day Small-Group Private Tour from Rome to Venice, Rome, Bus & Minivan Tours
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6-Day Small-Group Private Tour from Rome to Venice

Six beautiful days to enjoy the Best of Italy, from Rome, Florence, Pisa, and Venice. Take this opportunity to visit some amazing places with your private ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

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Segway Tour of Ancient Rome with Optional Skip-the-Line Colosseum Entry, Rome, Multi-day Tours
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Segway Tour of Ancient Rome with Optional Skip-the-Line Colosseum Entry

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Embark on a 3.5-hour Segway tour through the wonders of ancient Rome. Join a small group on a stand-up, motorized tour past some of the city's most iconic ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Ancient Rome Segway Small Group Tour, Rome, Segway Tours
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Ancient Rome Segway Small Group Tour

Discover Rome's timeless beauty in a fun, entertaining and effortless manner with a small-group 3.5-hour tour on a Segway. It is one of the Eternal City's ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $94.30

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