Circo Massimo di Roma (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma)
To an untrained eye the Circus of Maxentius just looks like a vast green pasture where locals jog or take their dogs for a walk, but in ancient times this oblong ground was, as its name indicates, Rome’s most famous and by far oldest circus.
The Circus of Maxentius was an arena for various kinds of sports and athletic competitions, although it gained fame mainly for its chariot races which often lasted from the early morning to dusk, with as many as one hundred held a day.
It could hold up to between two hundred and fifty thousand and three hundred thousand spectators either seated or standing
Recent excavation has brought to light relics which help to give us a better idea of what the circus used to look like with its countless shops, stalls and taverns flanking the track area.
After the Covid-2019 crisi, Rome’s 2020 summer opera season presented by the city’s opera house (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma) took place at the Circus Maximus, from 16 July to 13 August. The Circus Maximus hosted a total of 21 shows under the stars.