Circo Massimo

I believe I read somewhere that this site was closed due to archeological excavations. Having visited this site years ago, I am having difficulty understanding how this would be closed. I remembering standing on a hill and envisioning the chariots, felt a little like George Patton! Just checking, as I only have 2 days in Rome and do not want to waste time. Advice?

Posted by Kathy
United States
1269 posts

I don't know as it's completely closed but they're doing some excavation on at least one end of it.

The Rolling Stones played a concert there in June - to hue and cry from the archeological community and concerned locals. There's a mention of the dig site in this article:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-20/mick-jagger-gets-antiquities-protection-for-old-stones-in-rome.html\

So, I'm quite sure you can still clearly see the field from the Aventine or other nearby spots but it's possible - depending on plans for the excavation - that some sections of the site itself may be blocked to foot traffic. I know your time is short but if you're interested in seeing a circus, go out to Villa of Maxentius (Villa di Massenzio) on Via Appia Antica. That one is 2nd in size to Circo Massimo, and while little remains, it's the most well-preserved of all Roman circuses, with more of it still visible.

Posted by Linda
Shelby, North Caro, USA
239 posts

There are fences around it and signs about what is going on. You can look down on it.