By: Susan Sherren for Couture Trips Published: May 3, 2021 6:33 PM CST
Rome's Colosseum Rome, Italy
Rome's most iconic site is getting a re-boot with a massive makeover. Soon you will be able to step on to a retractable floor reminiscent of the original flooring built by the Romans. The Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, announced the revamp would allow visitors to stand on the floor of the arena and experience a view of the Colosseum like the ancient gladiators would have seen it during their battles.
The retractable floor is slated to be completed in 2023. The original flooring was removed in the 19th Century by archaeologists who wanted to study the structure, makeup of the flooring and lower tunnel systems that once housed tigers, lions and fierce gladiators. "It's another step forward toward rebuilding the arena, an ambitious project that will aid the conservation of the archaeological structures while getting back to the original image of the Colosseum," Franceschini said, according to The BBC.
Roman Colosseum Rome, Italy
Milan Ingegneria will recreate the ingenious flooring apparatus. The flooring engineering design involves hundreds of wooden slats that can be rotated to allow sunlight into the spaces beneath the Colosseum. Once the project is completed in 2023, the Colosseum will hold major cultural events and welcome visitors to a more realistic replica. The Colosseum in Rome recently opened but to a much-reduced number of visitors. Currently, only 1,260 visitors are allowed in the Colosseum daily- dwarfing the usual number of crowds.
Couture Trips will keep you updated on the historic renovations. 2023 will be an exciting year to visit Rome, Italy! Visit www.couturetrips.com to schedule a complimentary itinerary planning session.
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