The Roman Colosseum, built in approximately ten years, from the year 70 to the year 80 AD, is the second most visited monument in Rome with around 7/8 thousands visitors every day. It is open from 9 to 5 during the summer and from 9 to 4 during the winter season.
As we all have recently seen images of the Colosseum tinted with a squalid black color, it is now time to discuss a little bit how its restoration will proceed. At the date of this writing, the Colosseum is wrapped by iron scaffoldings and it is still open to the public.
Many potential visitors are asking if the Colosseum is open during this cure or if it will remain closed. The Italian government cannot afford to have the monument shut down; therefore the archaeologists have engineered a new entrance that is much safer and can lead in a more direct fashion the visitors inside the monument.
Yes, the Colosseum is open and anybody can tour inside this magnificent stadium that was used for around 4 centuries for huntings and gladiatour games. The works of restoration are sponsored by the private shoe company Tod’s and will last from July 12, 2014 until March 2, 2016. Two years of rejuvenation will bring back the famous Roman icon to its original splendor. As a matter of fact, just a few weeks ago the archaeologists dismounted some of the scaffoldings that unveiled the original colors of its arches, colors that range from ocher to ivory, which are the traditional colors of the travertine quarried in Tivoli.
The sponsor will finance the restoration of the Colosseum with 33 milion dollars and will have granted for 15 years some privileges such as private access to the monument for his groups.
iI is important to say, however, that the restoration will affect the exterior part of the monument and not its interior, and that it will be conducted spraying millions of droplets of water on its arches so that the dirty surface will get soaked. When the travertine is moisted, technicians will clean up the travertine using steel brushed and sponges. Cracks will be filled with a special filler that could eventually be removed and replaced with a more advanced compound. A network of pipes will transfer all the dirty water in special containers in order to avoid to further pollute the area.
It is really exciting to see how the Coilosseum is going to return back to life through this restoration, but we belive that th Italian government and Rome’s administration should pursue preventive measures to avoid the pollution attacking the monument again. If it is true that the Colosseum stands on the largest and richest archaeological area in the world, the Italian administration should envision a special care for this incredible legacy that we can still admire after 2 thousand years. The areas of the Colosseum and of the Roman Forum are daily affected by the car pollution and also by the vibrations coming from the subway that runs underneath.