Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Colosseum project to go ahead after final appeal rejected

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Rome, July 31 - The longstanding fight by consumer
group Codacons against a corporate-funded restoration of Rome's
iconic Colosseum appeared to reach an end Wednesday, when an
appeals body rejected the group's final appeal.
The Council of State ruling clears the way for the
25-million euro restoration work on the mighty Colosseum, which
is close to 2,000 years old and feeling its age.
The project has been controversial because it will be
privately financed by Diego Della Valle, owner of upscale shoe
manufacturer Tod's.
Codacons has had a long-running legal complaint that the
bidding process on the project lacked transparency and yielded
too many concessions to Della Valle.
Earlier this month, the monument's director said that
everything was ready for work on the Colosseum to begin,
starting with cleaning and restoration of external surfaces 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.
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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