Italy plans to secure Rome's historical area

08:11, January 05, 2011      

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The Italian Culture Ministry and Rome 's local authorities on Tuesday launched a preservation plan aimed at securing the capital's historical area and avoid collapses similar to those recently occurred in Pompeii.

The restructuring will concern 107 hectares of the historical center including the Coliseum, the Capitol Hill, the Roman Forum and the ancient Roman chariot racing stadium of Circus Maximus, according to the plan presented by Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno's office.

An initial sum of 60 million euros have already been allocated and private sponsors will be taking part in the entire restructuring.

The project, titled "Ancient Rome, a value for modern Rome", is crucial in maintaining and protecting the cultural heritage of the capital.

The central historical area, attracting each year millions of tourists from all over the world, has just recently been cleared of all the mud, grass and open-air sewage runs and now needs a thorough restructuring to avoid parts of monuments from falling down.

According to the project, Rome's City Hall has launched an international tender to select firms interested in restyling the Coliseum, from the undergrounds all the way up to the breathtaking attic.

The 30-million-euro project is aimed not only at securing the amphitheatre's external walls after a piece fell off in May, but also at restoring its original beauty and increasing its allure.

The goal of Rome's restyle plan is three-fold: secure the monuments, increase their appeal and exploit culture as an instrument of local economic revamp. The Rome authorities plan to complete the restoration of the historical area in the next seven years.

The project envisages in fact the creation of the new "City Museum" expected to rise at the entrance of the archaeological zone as a sort of "door" leading back to ancient Rome.

The 13,000 square-meter museum will have a crucial role in spreading awareness and information on the archaeological area's stratifications, thematic itineraries and urban context.

Source: Xinhua
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