Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Rome culture chief denies latest Colosseum 'collapse'

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Rome, January 22 - Rome culture superintendent
Umberto Broccoli said Tuesday that two tuff fragments found at
the base of the Colosseum did not appear to have fallen from the
iconic monument.
His comment came in response to an article published by
Rome's Il Messaggero newspaper denouncing the latest alleged
collapse pending the start of long-awaited and much-needed
restoration of the Flavian amphitheatre.
"The presence of those fragments is to be attributed to the
building site, to the fact that the part of the monument in
question is subject to large numbers of visitors and heavy
traffic, and so it is not unusual to find such pieces," said
Broccoli.
Rome's culture chief added that the fragments could have
fallen from a lorry or other vehicle used on the building site
and that they were not similar to the material topping the
Colosseum.
The alarm over the state of Rome's signature site dates back
to May 2010 when three pieces of plaster fell from the ground
floor level.
This and subsequent similar events triggered plans for a
25-million euro restoration financed by Tod's shoe company but
the project has been subject to repeated delays largely as a
result of legal challenges.

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