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Posted by Sergio G., May 20, 2021


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New arena floor for Rome's Colosseum

A new floor will be added to Rome's iconic Colosseum to give visitors an idea of how the ancient roman amphitheater looked like when gladiators fought there.

The project "will give us back the same vision from the stage of the monument that it had in ancient times," Colosseum director Alfonsina Russo said in a press conference Sunday.

Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini hailed it as an "extraordinary project," which will allow visitors to walk till the center of the Colosseum and cultural events to be organized there.

The Flavian Amphitheatre (so its official name) opened nearly 2,000 years ago, in 79 A.D. and is one of the most visited monuments in the world.

Prior to the pandemic, the Colosseum attracted on average 20,000 visitors per day with a yearly record of more than 7 million visitors.

The floor will completely reversible and have an area of 3,000 square meters (about 32,300 square feet).

The protection and conservation project foresee sustainable and very light materials and is expected to be completed by 2023 with a budget of approx. 18 million euros.

The building's sustainability level will include the installation of a collection system which will use rainwater to supply the public bathrooms of the monument.

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