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Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo) Tours and Activities

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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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Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour

Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour

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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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Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Rome Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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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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Rome Small-Group Experience 8 Passengers maximum Civitavecchia Pick Up Included

Rome Small-Group Experience 8 Passengers maximum Civitavecchia Pick Up Included

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Immerse yourself in Rome on this comprehensive all-day guided tour. The small-group excursion (with an eight-passenger minivan) allows you to enjoy the main attractions comfortably and easily. The itinerary includes visits to the Arch of Constantine, the Colosseum, Victor Emmanuel monument, Capitoline Hill, the Spanish Steps, the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, and more.
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VIP tour of Rome (9hrs) with Driver & Guide, Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Tickets

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VIP tour of Rome (9hrs) with Driver & Guide, Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Tickets

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Get the most out of visiting the top must-see sights of Rome on a private guided tour. You’ll skip the lines with priority tickets, leaving more time to learn about the history of some of Rome’s most impressive ancient sites from your guide. While you’ll be transported around Rome via comfortable vehicle, you will walk with your guide through each site, for a more intimate and close-up experience. Tours are fully customizable to suit your needs and interests.
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Civitavecchia Cruise Port Shore Excursion: Fullday Rome Including Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums and Colosseum

Civitavecchia Cruise Port Shore Excursion: Fullday Rome Including Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums and Colosseum

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This full-day shore excursion to Rome hits the city’s celebrated historical landmarks like the Roman Colosseum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. Skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum and Vatican Museums, lunch, and a licensed guide are included with the private tour option. This is a great way to see the highlights of Rome with limited time.
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  • 10 hours
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Rome Private Tour in 7 hours

Rome Private Tour in 7 hours

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If you’ve only got limited time in Rome, opt for a private sightseeing tour that allows you to tick off all of the top attractions in just one day. Perfect for first-time visitors on a time budget, this tour—which transports you between attractions in air-conditioned comfort—covers big hitters such as the Colosseum, the Vatican, and the catacombs. Plus, letting someone else drive gives you more time to focus on the scenery.
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Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Fullday Rome with Vatican Museums and Colosseum

Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Fullday Rome with Vatican Museums and Colosseum

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Benefit from personalized attention on this private tour of Rome, including skip-the-line tickets to the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums, departing from the Civitavecchia port. Once you step off the ship, you’ll embark on a whirlwind tour of Rome that lets you hit all the highlights in a single day. Make the most of your time with your skip-the-line entry to the most popular attractions, which ensures you won’t spend hours standing around. Learn about the history and culture of Rome through your guide’s commentary, tailored to your private group’s interests.
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Rome by Vespa: Classic Rome Tour with Pick up

Rome by Vespa: Classic Rome Tour with Pick up

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Zip through the bustling streets of Rome as the Romans do — on a Vespa! Hang on for the ride as your private driver and guide whisks you around on a vintage scooter for an exciting half-day tour of Eternal City highlights. Wind through traffic circles and mazelike streets, easily hopping off for a closer look at Imperial monuments and baroque piazzas. Learn about the history of Rome, from ancient emperors to the modern metropolis, and get an insider’s glimpse at some of the city’s best-kept secrets.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port

Private Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port

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Experience the Eternal City on a private full-day shore excursion while in port at Civitavecchia. Your private tour includes pick-up from the cruise port, transfers to Rome and the flexibility to customise your itinerary to your preferences. Discover the secrets of Ancient Rome with a visit to the Colosseum (not included), Roman Forum and Circus Maximus; admire monuments like the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps; or marvel over Renaissance masterpieces with a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica (not included).
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  • 9 hours
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Rome Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise Private Sightseeing Tour Including Civitavecchia Port Drop-Off

Rome Shore Excursion: Pre-Cruise Private Sightseeing Tour Including Civitavecchia Port Drop-Off

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Kill a few hours before your cruise with this 3.5-hour private Rome tour. Led by your own private driver-guide, the tour takes in all the major, must-see landmarks including the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Colosseum. Hear the history of the city, enjoy several photo stops, and then finish with a drop-off at Civitavecchia Port in time for your onward cruise. Luggage can be taken on this tour.
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Rome In a Day Private Vespa Tour (Full day tour with lunch break)

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When in Rome, travel like a local on a traditional Italian Vespa. This private tour lets you customize your itinerary and take in all the sights in one day. Hop off to take photos of the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain, stop at ancient ruins including the Colosseum and Appian Way, and take in the views from Avventine and Gianiculum hills. Choose to drive your own Vespa or hire a driver.
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Rome in a Day Semi-Private Tour: Colosseum, Vatican Museums, and Virtual Reality

Rome in a Day Semi-Private Tour: Colosseum, Vatican Museums, and Virtual Reality

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See the highlights of the Vatican and Ancient Rome in one history- and art-filled day during this small-group walking tour that includes priority entry to some of the city’s most visited sites. With skip-the-line access to the Colosseum, you’ll jump the queue at this ancient amphitheater, and then visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Pass by the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon, and end your tour in Vatican City for skip-the-line admission to the Vatican Museums, home to the Sistine Chapel and other Renaissance masterpieces. Numbers are limited to just six people.
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Rome Highlights Private Tour from Rome

Rome Highlights Private Tour from Rome

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The ideal introduction for first-time visitors to the Eternal City, this full-day, private tour covers the highlights of Rome in a single day of sightseeing. Travel between locations in a comfortable, WIFI-equipped private vehicle, covering more attractions than you would by public transportation. Tours include stops at the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Pantheon, and the Vatican Museums, with skip-the-line admission tickets included.
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  • 8 hours
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Golf Cart Tour admiring the beauty of Rome!

Golf Cart Tour admiring the beauty of Rome!

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We will explore the city by driving through some of the most beautiful sites in Rome with a large, eco and comfortable Golf Cart! We can stop at each site and admire its beauty, take photos (we are also excellent photographers), visit monuments, fountains and admire the panorama of this wonderful city. During the tour we will take you to enjoy coffee or ice cream (at your expense). We will spend 3 hours together and we are sure that we will have fun !!!
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