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Walking in Rome along the Via Appia Antica: the Villa and Circus of Maxentius

CIRCUS OF MAXENTIUS ROME - the Appian Way Rome - sightseeing tours rome - ancient rome holidays - Tomb of Romulus -

This interesting area with its ruins dating back to the Roman Empire is located within the Appia Antica Archaeological Park and consists of three main buildings: the palace, the circus and the dynastic mausoleum.

These buildings have been designed to celebrate the Emperor Maxentius, who was the enemy of Constantine the Great in the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312 AD.

The ruins are the last act of the metamorphosis of an original Republican villa.

The most famous monument of the whole complex is the Circus, the only well-preserved Roman circus with all its architectural components.

The dynastic mausoleum, also known as the " Tomb of Romulus " by the young son of the Emperor who was buried here, has become the core of the entire complex.

The Via Appia has been always considered by the Romans as a major artery for the expansion of their power and became an important site  where the most important families lived and were buried during the Republican and Imperial Rome.

The Torlonia, the Dukes of Bracciano, acquired in the nineteenth century the circus  area and later the mausoleum. Afterwards everything has been annexed to the larger estate of Caffarella.

The visits take place at the following times:Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 to 16:00 - December 24th and 31st:10:00 to 14:00.

Closed on: Monday, December 25, January 1, May 1.

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When you are in Rome, take advantage of our small group tour at the Circus of Maxentius: Circus of Maxentius guided visit

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