circus Archives - Official tourist service for Saint Peter's Basilica
CALIGULA’S PRIVATE CIRCUS

CALIGULA’S PRIVATE CIRCUS

The history of the area of the Vatican predates the construction of the first Basilica of Saint Peter, which was built at the behest of Emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD. It was here that Caligula built a circus, later restored by Emperor Nero. It was during...