Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Colosseum restoration to start as soon as July

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Rome, June 17 - A major restoration of the
Colosseum may begin as soon as the first week of July, Rome
authorities said Monday.
Builders are awaiting the final word from the Council of
State, Italy's highest administrative court, which must rule on
two final appeals to the project.
One of them was submitted by consumer group Codacons, which
has a long-running legal complaint that the bidding process on
the project lacked transparency and yielded too many concessions
to Diego Della Valle, the owner of the Tod's shoe company behind
the estimated 25-million-euro restoration.
The other appeal was submitted by a contractor that lost
its bid for the restoration.
The Roman Superintendency of Archeology already began work
in January to create a safety zone around the ancient Roman
arena to prevent injuries from possible falling materials.
The Colosseum is close to 2,000 years old and feeling its
age.
Begun in 72 AD, the Colosseum, or Flavian Amphitheatre, is
considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and
engineering.
It is 189 meters by 156 meters and covers an area of 24,000
square meters.
Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, it was used for
gladiatorial contests, mock sea battles, executions and
re-enactments of mythological dramas.

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