Things to see
After the big fire of Rome in 64 A.D., the seats were rebuilt out of stone and marble while the arena itself was enlarged to be able to welcome up to 300 000 people. In the middle of the arena was the “Spina”, which divided the arena into two different parts. The Spina was a small wall covered by statues, fountains, columns and other embellishments, along with Augustus’ Obelisk. This obelisk, the first ever brought over from Egypt, still exists and can be seen today on Piazza del Popolo. The chariots racers would ride around this obelisk in the middle of the Spina.
It is actually still possible to see vestiges of the starting point of the chariots if you go on the side of Viale Aventino. The last race happened in 549 A.D. but after that the Circus Maximus slowly fell into disuse and decay. Nowadays, it has become a large green space where people go to jog or exercise; concerts and other events are sometimes held there.