Circus of Maxentius

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Circus of Maxentius HISTORY

The Circus of Maxentius (Circo di Massenzio), in southern Rome may have been much smaller than the Circus Maximus – only holding approximately 10,000 spectators – but today it has its revenge by being far better preserved that its grander counterpart.

Located on the famous Via Appia, the Circus of Maxentius was built sometime during the reign of the Emperor Maxentius (306-312 AD). Some say that the reason for its excellent preservation was the fact that it was barely used, if at all.

Today, some of the structures in the complex of which the Circus of Maxentius formed a part still stand, together with its central dividing line – spina - and its entrance towers. It would have been the site of the villa of Maxentius. The site is still under excavation, but is open to the public.

Circus of Maxentius TOURIST INFORMATION

DIRECTIONS TO Circus of Maxentius

The Circus of Maxentius is located in the southern suburbs of Rome. At the bus stop next to (50 metres away from) Circo Massimo metro station take bus 118 towards Lagonegro and get off at Basilica S. Sebastiano (11 stops). The site is a short walk from here (150 metres or so).

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Circus of Maxentius OPENING TIMES AND TICKET PRICES

The Circus of Maxentius is open daily except Mondays, 9am-1pm (ticket office to noon). Closed 25 Dec, 1 Jan, 1 May. Entry costs €3 (€1.50 reduced).

Circus of Maxentius HISTORIC INFORMATION

NAME: Circus of Maxentius
CONTINENT: EUROPE
Alt Name: Circo di Massenzio
Country: Italy
Period: Ancient Rome
Sub-Region: -
Date: 300AD - 399AD
City/Town: Rome
Figure: Maxentius
Resorts: Rome,

CONTACT DETAILS

Circus of Maxentius ADDRESS

Via Appia Antica, 153, Rome, Italy

Circus of Maxentius PHONE NUMBER

06 4288 8888

Circus of Maxentius EMAIL

info@villadimassenzio.it

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