This, the emperor's private residence, was built on two levels, with rooms leading off a peristilio (peristyle or porticoed courtyard)...
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 welcoming bar on the Circo Massimo is good for a lingering drink, an aperitivo (6.30pm onwards) or a light meal (mains €6 to...
With dolci (sweets) laid out like jewels and an array of artfully crafted tarts and pastries, this pasticceria -cum-cafe puts on a...
Via del Circo Massimo · interesting places nearby
Circo Massimo information
Now little more than a huge basin of dusty grass, the Circo Massimo was ancient Rome’s largest chariot racetrack, a 250,000-seater capable of holding up to a quarter of the city’s entire population. The 600m track 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.
Restoration work, which is ongoing at the southern end, has unearthed evidence of the taverns and shops that used to flank the track.