The Colosseum in Rome is getting construction done for the first time in more than seventy years.
USA Today reported that the ancient historic structure, which attracts nearly 2 million visitors every year, will have a protective barrier built around it which whill take two years. Plans include a cast iron barrier where fragments of the wall have been crumbling.
The restoration project is set for $33 million and is sponsored by Diega della Valle, of the brand Tod's. CNN reported that he is sponsoring the restorations in exchange for advertising rights.
The project includes removing grime from its facade as well as the ring of metal columns that will be put both 15 and 50 feet from the Colosseum.
USA Today reported that the 2000 year old amphitheatre is leaning 16 inches to the south and there are a number of tourist draws such as illegal street vendors and people dressed up in costume to take photos with tourists that authorities have been in conflict with for some time. City council superintendent Umberto Broccoli said to reporters, "It is not something that can be done in one day, because we also have to consider the families that are behind these people," according to USA Today.
Some members of the Restorers Association of Italy are unhappy with the restoration plans. CNN reported that the group believes the the plans to use non-specialist restores which could cause damage to the historic structure. The group's President, Carla Tomasi said to CNN,"Having some of the best restorers in the world in Italy and yet turning to general enterprises is a choice that we do not share, and embarrasses both our work and the image of our nation in the world, in addition to causing risks to the monument."
Rome.info states that the Colosseum was originally known as the Favian Amphitheatre and was commissioned in AD 72. The Colosseum has an bloody history where gladiators who were usually slaves and prisoners of war were forced into combat in the Colosseum.