About Circus of Maxentius
The Circus of Maxentius (Circo di Massenzio), in southern Rome may have been much smaller than the Circus Maximus – only holding approximately 10,000 spectators – but today it has its revenge by being far better preserved that its grander counterpart.
Located on the famous Via Appia, the Circus of Maxentius was built sometime during the reign of the Emperor Maxentius (306-312 AD). Some say that the reason for its excellent preservation was the fact that it was barely used, if at all.
Today, some of the structures in the complex of which the Circus of Maxentius formed a part still stand, together with its central dividing line – spina – and its entrance towers. It would have been the site of the villa of Maxentius. The site is still under excavation, but is open to the public.
The Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella is a 1st century BC tomb turned medieval fortress.
Villa dei Quintili is an extremely well-preserved second century AD villa in Rome’s suburbs.
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