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Villa di Massenzio

#284 of 1,456 things to do in Rome
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Address: Via Appia Antica 153, 00179 Rome, Italy
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+39 06 0608
10:00 - 15:30
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If you only stop at one ruin along the Appian Way, I recommend the Villa di Massenzio which includes the Circo di Massenzio, an ancient racetrack that's quite intact. The entry... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 October 2016
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

roughly halfway down the appian way, you come across this place and its a great spot to walk round in the sunny days and its free entry but donations are welcome. we hadnt found this place in our Lonely Planet guide but stumbled upon it by accident. its a huge outdoor area which used to be used for chariot racing... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Almost no information but certainly an interesting site to walk around. This guy had his own circus as big as the one in Rome to start with. His burial crypt is huge and the ruins of his house are there as well. It would be better to come with a guide but it's a free walkabout on your way down... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

If you only stop at one ruin along the Appian Way, I recommend the Villa di Massenzio which includes the Circo di Massenzio, an ancient racetrack that's quite intact. The entry fee here was only a donation of coins, so well worth a look. The Racetrack is quite impressive, well preserved and very large. It is however covered in weeds.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Like the previous reviewer, I can't believe that there are so few reviews of this attraction. On second thought, I can - there were only a couple of other people at the site. I know the attraction name is Villa di Massenzio, but I am only reviewing the Circus of Maxentius part. I had caught the 118 bus to the... More 

Thank Ed C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

I'll make this brief to try to get more quick reads. The Villa di Massenzio is extremely commanding, amazingly well preserved. It's bit like visiting your rich old uncle's apple farm estate a generation after he lost all his money when the Stock Market fell (the one in 1929 for the kiddies out there). Massenzio was a big deal general... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

On the Appian Way, this is a beautiful, relaxing archaeological site where you can admire the ancient circus, and let your immagination create images of the races and the people watching them. A real plus is that it is completely free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

A great find on a sunny day. You can take some great photos here. Very quiet on a Sunday when the catacombs are closed. Highly recommended

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

This is the best preserved Circus. You can walk right on down to the racetrack and imagine what it used to be like. Definitely worth a look if you are hiking the Appia Antica.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2015

Escape the hordes of tourists in the center of Rome and head out to the Appia Antica (Appian Way) for a relaxing stroll through ancient ruins. Although you won't see as many ruins here as in the Forum/Colosseum/Palatine Hill area, they tend to stand out because they do not compete with other ruins for your attention. One set of ruins... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2014

When in Rome on a good day. Walk and picnic... We decided to do a walk out along the Appian Way for as far as we could go in one Day. we would do the Catacombs of St Calisto and then go on until we reach the Circus of Maxentius and make a further decision but visit what we could... More 

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