A Roman Chariot-racing stadium, only the ruins remain but they are enough to imagine races, contests and ceremonies from centuries ago.
The Circus Maximus is latin for the greatest circus. It was an ancient Roman racing stadium for chariots. From the site itself you can look up to Palatine Hill and the Aventine. It was the first stadium of its kind in ancient Rome where "Ludi" or public games were showcased for the benefit of the people of the city. Ludi games could last from half a day in this location, to multi venue celebrations held throughout the city, they would include: Religious ceremonies, chariot and horse racing, plays, beast hunts and gladiator contests.
Visit Circus Maximus to gain a full understanding of how the Roman people would view the chariot racing and the Ludi. It has an interesting history and great open spaces although you do need to bring your imagination with you. It's a great place for a picnic and to bring the children for a relaxing view of what used to be the liveliest place in the city.
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