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Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo)

In Ancient Rome, a “circus” was an oblong arena where events like chariot races, games, and other performances were held. As you might guess, the Circus Maximus was - in a word - huge. It was the Roman Empire’s largest stadium, measuring more than 2,000 feet long by 387 feet wide and capable of holding an audience of 150,000.

First built in the 6th century B.C.E., the Circus Maximus was expanded over the next several centuries (and rebuilt occasionally after fire and flood damaged), until it was rebuilt by Emperor Trajan in the early 2nd century AD. In addition to chariot and horse races, the Circus Maximus also held religious ceremonies, and parades.

The last recorded uses of the Circus Maximus are in the 6th century AD, and today there’s very little left of the structures. The site is now a public park, and you can see the overall oblong shape where the Circus used to be, as well as some of the starting gates.

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Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7352 Reviews

Leave the crowds behind and head straight inside the Colosseum with your skip-the-line entrance ticket! In a group of no more than 25 people, explore the first ...  Read more

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

From USD $66.74

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Tour: Underground Chambers, Arena and Upper Tier

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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.)

From USD $123.45

Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1447 Reviews

There is no better way to see Rome than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Rome attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such as ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Flexible

From USD $28.24

Rome Segway Tour

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See the sights of Ancient Rome by Segway on a 3-hour tour, passing incredible monuments like the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Circus Maximus. On a self-balancing ...  Read more

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

From USD $96.26

Rome City Bike Tour

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Enjoy the best of Rome on a four-hour bike tour with a local guide. Cycle through Rome, discovering its ancient monuments, fancy shopping streets, beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.75

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.)

From USD $122.49

Classical Rome City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 255 Reviews

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: 3 - 6 hours

From USD $51.34

Private Tour: Rome Sightseeing by Vintage Fiat 500

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Take a unique tour of Rome by classic Fiat 500 car with a private driver. Certain to draw admiring glances wherever you go, the Fiat 500 will undoubtedly make ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: Varies

From USD $198.93

Imperial Rome Afternoon Tour

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Discover the history of Imperial Rome on this 3-hour afternoon tour by coach and foot! As the capital of the Roman Empire, Rome boasts an array of ancient ...  Read more

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

From USD $70.59

Panoramic Bike Tour of Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

The Panoramic Bike Tour of Rome offers you the best panoramic views of the city from Aventine Hill, the Janiculum Hill, the Capitoline Hill and more. You will ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.59

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