Sunday, January 15, 2012

Plans to restore crumbling Colosseum cause rumblings in Rome

http://hnn.us/articles/plans-restore-crumbling-colosseum-cause-rumblings-rome

London (CNN) — It sits in the ancient heart of Rome and is an emblem of the city's imperial history as well as an icon of Italy.

 

But plans to restore Rome's nearly 2,000-year-old Colosseum are causing rumblings among heritage workers and restorers, compounded by reports in December that small amounts of powdery rock had fallen off the monument.

The current $33 million (25 million euro) restoration plans to restore the Flavian amphitheater, which once hosted spectacular shows and gruesome gladiatorial battles, are being sponsored by Diego della Valle, of luxury Italian brand Tod's, in exchange for advertising rights.

Restoration of the monument, which attracts up to two million visitors a year, is due to go ahead in March and will involve cleaning of the travertine exterior, the restoration of underground chambers, new gating, the moving of visitor service stations to an area outside of the building itself and increased video security.

But members of the Restorers Association of Italy are unhappy about the plans, which they believe has sidelined them in favor of non-specialist restorers and which "run the risk of causing irreparable damage to the monument," according to the group's President, Carla Tomasi…..

Source: 

CNN.com

Source URL: 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/06/world/europe/rome-colosseum-restoration-plan-protests/index.html?hpt=hp_bn2

Date: 

1-6-12