Rome Colosseum to get €25m facelift Posted by: HeritageDaily, August 2, 2012 The Colosseum at night from the Via Nicola Salvi : Wiki Pedia Work is to begin in December on a two and a half-year, €25m (£19.5m) restoration of the Roman Colosseum, Italian officials said on Thursday. >This article titled “Rome Colosseum to get €25m facelift” was written by John Hooper in Rome, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 31st July 2012 18.16 UTC Work is to begin in December on a two and a half-year, €25m (£19.5m) restoration of the Roman Colosseum, Italian officials said on Tuesday. The mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, said work would start in December and be completed by the middle of 2015. Mariarosaria Barbera, the government official in charge of Rome’s archaeological monuments said a contract for the first stage of the restoration had already been awarded to a company that had offered to carry out the work for 26% less than the working estimate. Scaffolding will obscure parts of Italy’s most visited monument for a planned 915 days. But, said Barbera, once the work was completed, underground sections of the Colosseum would be open to the public for the first time resulting in “an increase of 25% in the area that can be visited”. “No monument, Roman or otherwise, was built to last forever,” said Barbera. But the work has been dogged by controversy. A consumer group says it will appeal against a court decision that cleared the way for work to start, over the awarding of the contract . The group, known as Codacons, said it would ask for a ruling from Italy’s top administrative law tribunal on its claim that a deal for the funding of the work was unlawful because it had been handed, without competition, to the Tod’s shoe company. The firm’s founder, Diego Della Valle, insisted he was not a sponsor, but a disinterested patron. His only condition, he said, had been “that there be no sort of commercial return”. A campaign would be mounted to publicise the restoration. But it would be carried out by a separate, non-profit organisation. In January, it was announced that prosecutors in Rome and the Italian audit court had both launched inquiries into the funding arrangements for the project after Tod’s was reported to have obtained the right to use the image of the Colosseum for two years after its completion. Barbera said: “No monument, Roman or otherwise, was built to last forever.” And the restoration — if it is not delayed again — is likely to increase pressure on Rome’s city council to divert traffic away from a building that was last given an overhaul 73 years ago. Alemanno said a plan existed. But he added that it was linked to the digging of Rome’s third underground railway, which has been the subject of numerous delays. guardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010 Published via the Guardian News Feed plugin for WordPress. Share! Tweet HeritageDaily About the author Heritage Daily is an independent online archaeology magazine, dedicated to the heritage and historical sector. We identified the need for a central resource offering the latest archaeological news, journals, articles and press releases. Related Posts Archaeologists find 10,000 objects from Roman London Discoveries include writing tablets, thousands of pieces of pottery and a large collection of p ... RIP Time Team, you were a national treasure Let's celebrate the memory of a show that charmed and educated through bejumpered boffins at to ... Row over Richard III’s final burial site rumbles on Leicester cathedral says remains should be reburied under floor but Richard III Society calls f ... Mystery of Henri IV’s missing head divides France Book claiming mummified skull found in the attic of a retired tax collector is that of 'good ki ... Richard III: unveiling day arrives for skeleton that would be king On Monday afternoon the people of Leicester should finally see the mortal remains of the neighb ... Such irony, that Michael Gove has the state to thank for saving English history Among the most surprising buildings to find in the English landscape is Tattershall Castle, whi ... Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.