Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Number of Forum, Colosseum visitors jumps


Rome, August 21 - Visits to the Colosseum and other
top sites of ancient Rome rose by almost 13% last week during
the national Ferragosto holiday, compared with the same time
last year, according to statistics released Wednesday.
Visits to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine
Hill increased by 12.8% in the week of August 12 to August 18
compared with the same week in 2012, said the Superintendence of
Archaeological Heritage.
More than 131,000 tickets were sold at these sites last
week, a gain of about 15,000 visitors.
It wasn't clear what made the difference: slightly more
moderate temperatures this August compared with last; the
lingering recession that has forced more Romans and Italians to
spend their holidays closer to home; or the mayor's decision to
close more of the area around the Colosseum to automobile
traffic, creating a larger pedestrian space.

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