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The ruins of the former imperial palace and the site of the ancient Circus Maximus atop the Palatine Hill, lying at the heart of Rome. The field where the once enormous racetrack was situated is now not much more than a dusty field (and occasionally a staging ground for World Cup Championship celebrations!), but it once had 300,000 seats and dated to the 6th century BC (the time of the Tarquins). The various emperors who resided in the palace had the best seat in the house, as the palace overlooked the track, but this must have been somewhat noisy! The last race was held in 549 AD, almost a thousand years after it was first founded! Now that's longevity, and a testament to the Romans' love of chariot races!

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