Circo Massimo: Where Italians go to cry

Since the 4th century BC, Circo Massimo was Rome’s largest amphitheatre, holding upwards of 200,000 people as they gathered for chariot races and religious celebrations to Consus, the god of grain and Murcia, the goddess of the stream, complete with elephants, leopards and bears. It probably looked something like this:

Last night however, the Giant Circus was just that, an overwhelming crowd (that felt like 200,000) gathered to watch the EuroCup match between Italy and Spain. It looked something like this:

I’ll keep it short. We lost. But it was a fun experience nonetheless! It was most interesting to witness such a lively crowd, teeming with thrill and hope of the win turn into a very quiet, somber throng. When Spain scored the third goal (yes, third of four, mamma mia!) the crowd’s volume dropped significantly. No booing, no hollers, no ‘ospedale!’ Just quiet. Italian flags went up everywhere, silently swaying in the night sky as people left the field, showing loyalty despite the loss. Can’t win ’em all.


One thought on “Circo Massimo: Where Italians go to cry

  1. It had to be a disappointment to everyone but it is nice to know that the Italians were good sports. They played great during the year and have to be proud.

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