On entering the Palatino from Via di San Gregorio, head uphill until you come to the first recognisable construction, the stadio...
A series of towering arches built to facilitate development of the imperial residence.
This funky bar on the Circo Massimo is good for a lingering drink, weekend brunch (€15; 11am-3pm), aperitivo (6.30pm onwards) or light...
Cristalli di Zucchero
Pastry cooking becomes high art at this sophisticated pasticceria near the Bocca della Verità. Leave the crowds behind and sneak off...
Via del Circo Massimo · interesting places nearby
Circo Massimo information
Now little more than a basin of thinning grass, the Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus) was ancient Rome’s largest stadium, a 250,000-seater capable of holding a quarter of the city’s entire population. The 600m racetrack circled a wooden dividing island with ornate lap indicators and Egyptian obelisks.
Chariot races were held here as far back as the 4th century BC, but it wasn’t until Trajan rebuilt it after the AD 64 fire that it reached its maximum grandeur.