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Circus Maximus/Circo Massimo

by laforstraveller

Hello VTers! I've searched the VT Travel Guides, and nobody's posted anything on Circus Maximus that I could find. Has anyone been there? Is it worth the stop? What are the entrance fees if any? Would a 1 1/2 hours visit cover this? Thanks again for all your help!

Re: Circus Maximus/Circo Massimo

by puppis

The Circo Massimo is nowadays in ruins. It is located at the Palatino´s feet, to the South of it. Do a search in the Google for the image. People use it for running along its sides. I know that there is a Mithreo below the level but it is not open to the public except through the Roma Sotterranea group. In better state is the Circus in the Palatino

Re: Circus Maximus/Circo Massimo

by Paisleypaul

Sure I've been there - 5 pictures at and definitely worth a visit! No fees, an hour is plenty to walk round for most people.

Try searching Circo Massimo - you mayfind more posts hopefully

Enjoy Rome

Re: Circus Maximus/Circo Massimo

by craic

it is a big open space with no fees to visit - it is great when they stage public events there with big screens - concerts etc

i was thrilled to see the world cup final between italy and france there

Re: Circus Maximus/Circo Massimo

by monorailgold


The circus maximus is great! It is on the other side of the palatine hill so if you are at the colosseum you would walk up the street past the palatine hill and then into the circus maximus. It is a large open field with some ruins at the colosseum end. Close to the other end is the Santa Maria in Cosmedin church which houses the mouth of truth. Take a picnic with you to the circus and enjoy watching the kids playing and the adults relaxing. It also gives you a wonderful view of the backside of the palatine hill.


Re: Circus Maximus/Circo Massimo

by Roadquill

That is because other than a big open oval, there is not much to CM. You can get a look at it using google maps and converting it to a satelite view. There are so many interesting things to do in Rome that getting over to CM to stand on a place with all that history keeps getting pushed to the low priority pile. Karl

Re: Circus Maximus/Circo Massimo

by Beausoleil

Hi. When you type Circus Maximus into the VT Search Window above, you need to scroll the next window (to the right) down to Keywords. Destination searches are the default and sometimes people forget there are other options. I just pulled up dozens of VT posts with photos by doing a Keywords search here.

You can walk all around the Circus Maximus but there isn't much to see as has been mentioned above. It's a lot more fun to go up on the Palatine Hill and wander through the museum and the ruins and also get great views of Rome.

Re: Circus Maximus/Circo Massimo


Yes, the best view is up on Palatine hill, looking down at the Circus Maximus. You can't get it all in one photo, it's huge!
I'm not even sure if I put up my own photos :-)

Travel Tips for Rome

Palazzo Quirinale

by pili

After the unification of Italy in 1870, it became the official residence of the king, then in 1947 of the president of the republic.- Beside the palace there is a stairway that you can use to go to the Trevi Fountain.-

Antiguo palacio pontificio, hoy es residencia del presidente de Italia. A su lado se encuentran unas escaleras que llevan a la Fontana di Trevi. Bajar por las mismas y luego tomar la Vía di San Vicenzo y uno se encuentra de frente con la Fontana.-

Moises Statue

by pginer

It is located in San Pietro in Vincoli: you should go to this church only to see this.
It was part of the Julius II tomb. You know ... Julius II was Miguel Angelo mecenas and they both were always fighting!
Miguel Angelo said when he saw a stone he could see the sculpture inside it and he only had to withdraw parts of the stone to take out the sculpture .... he was an artist!
Stand in front of this sculpture and try to see the movement ...

Shuttle from airport

by Plumeria54

After arriving very tired from a long plane ride, it was nice to be greeted after baggage claim by the Roma Shuttle driver. Made it much easier to get into the center of Rome with luggage and being tired without having to find the train, find our way from the station, etc. Very friendly driver. Return trip to airport was with them also - they were at the hotel right on time. Reasonable price, especially if there are 2+ people in your group.
Booked online through their website --

Red wine, red wine and more red wine!

by volarevolare about Chianti Restuarant

Italian's like to eat al fresco -- that means that they're willing to queue for a seat in the open, even if there are seats available inside the restaurant! hehehehe...

But I can understand why... Summer evenings are just too lovely to sit indoors.

This restaurant we went to on the last night of our stay was apparently popular. It's within walking distance of the Trevi Fountain.

We had an absolutely delicious dinner of beef steaks prepared superbly and of course! Red wine!

We chose this one -- Chianti Restaurant cos' the Chianti region produces one of the best wines and because they're supposed to be really good in preparing steak! :) The steak was done just as I wanted it -- medium rare -- perfectly!
I remember how tender it was and how the other ingredients complimented the beef rather than overwhelmed it with their own flavours... :) yummy!

And of course, we had a beautiful bottle of red wine -- a Montepulciano.

Tip -- order bottles with the black cockerel tag round the neck of the bottle -- these signify that it's a good bottle.
But then again, most wines from Italy are delicious!

Between bottled water and red wine? Give me Wine!

Knights of Malta Keyhole: view at St. Pieter

by jeoren

The keyhole on the hill south of the Santa Sabina Church is worth visiting. You'll have an amazing view at the St. Pieter if you have a look through it.

The place is not crowded with tourists, just because it's not very easy to find and not in the centre of the city. But don't forget to go here; you won't regret.


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