Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Restoration work about to begin on Colosseum

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Rome, July 17 - Everything is ready for restoration
work to begin on Rome's iconic Colosseum, the monument's
director said Wednesday.
And after that, maybe the world's largest archaeological
park could be created there, said Rossella Rea during an
interview with State broadcaster RAI.
"We are ready to go," said Rea, who was later asked to
comment on suggestions by Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino about
creating a giant archaeological park in the surrounding area,
which includes the Roman and Imperial Forums.
"The time is ripe for this to happen especially starting
from the Colosseum," said Rea.
Cleaning and restoration of external surfaces is planned,
to deal with damage wrought by pollution and decades of weather
systems.
It's expected that 10 arches at a time will be covered in
scaffolding for recovery work.
Restoration of the mighty Colosseum, which is close to
2,000 years old and feeling its age, has been controversial
because the 25-million-euro project will be privately financed
by Diego Della Valle, owner of upscale shoe manufacturer Tod's.
Consumer group Codacons has a long-running legal complaint
that the bidding process on the project lacked transparency and
yielded too many concessions to Della Valle.
The Roman superintendency of archaeology already began work
in January to create a safety zone around the ancient Roman
arena to prevent injuries from possible falling materials.
Begun in 72 AD, the Colosseum, or Flavian Amphitheatre, is
considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and
engineering.

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