Italy upgrades the Colosseum with 18.5m euro

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Pandemic is still sweeping through a lot of countries with death-toll constantly rising but the preparation for the new tourist season is heating up, BBC reported. As travel restrictions are set to be gradually lifted, Italy eyes a growing number of reservations. The country has launched a multi-million investment project to restore one of its major attractions – the Colosseum. The government unveiled a plan for new floor with gladiator’s view. The Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini announced the project to build the wooden, retractable floor.

Italian engineering firm Milan Ingegneria won the 18.5m euro contract to design the floor. The floor is expected to be finished by 2023. At present, the 2,000-year-old monument has no floor. It was removed by archaeologists in the 19th Century, exposing the underground network of tunnels where gladiators and animals were held before the Roman blood sports began. Franceschini said the "extraordinary" new floor would allow visitors to "see the majesty of the Colosseum" from its centre. "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," he said. The minister added cultural events could be held in the Colosseum once the floor had been restored to its former glory.

Milan Ingegneria was one of 10 competitors who answered the Italian government's 2020 call for bids to design a new floor for the Colosseum. The winning design involves installing hundreds of wooden slats that can be rotated to allow natural light and air into the underground chambers. Italy's culture ministry said the new floor would be entirely reversible, should plans for a new design be made in the future.

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