Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo), which measured over 650 yards long and 150 wide, was one of the largest sporting arenas in the world. It was also the very first of its kind.
Today, the area – an oblong depression in the earth with recently excavated subterranean areas and the renovated 12th-century Torre della Moletta – remains in use as an entertainment venue and is open to the public as a park and a museum.
In its heyday, the Circus – believed to be where the Great Fire of Rome originated in 64 AD – was equipped to accommodate over 250,000 spectators
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