The Circus Maximus,which is situated in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine Hills,was a horse and chariot racing area. In the 1st C, it was Rome’s biggest stadium, a 250,000-seater. It was used for many other purposes as well. Marketing and gambling also took place here. Even though chariot races were held here as far back as 4 BC, it wasn’t until Emperor Trajan rebuilt it after the AD 64 fire that it reached its maximum grandeur. The track could hold 12 chariots.The two sides of the track were separated by a raised median termed the spina. The four-storey façade of the circus held a maze of shops, rooms, stairways and arcades. A great interior corridor provided access to any part of the structure. Now all that is left of the circus is the grass covered racing track and the spina. Being a large green area in the centre of the city, the Circus Maximus still is occasionally used for concerts and meetings. Over 700,000 people gathered there to celebrate Italy’s victory in the World Cup 2006. On July 14, 2007 the British rock band Genesis concluded the European leg of their Turn It On Again tour by a free concert at Circo Maximus in front of 500,000+ fans.
Address: Between Via dei Cerchi and Via del Circo Massimo