After years of delay, work to reinforce and restore sections of the Colosseum should begin this summer, the head of Rome’s antiquities preservation office said Friday.
The Colosseum, one of the most celebrated remains of the Roman Empire, has developed cracks caused by vibrations from traffic. Pollution has also taken a toll on the 2,000-year-old structure’s marble facade.
The work will concentrate on removing layers of dirt, repairing the cracks between stones and restoring the original floor, said Adriano La Regina, Rome’s superintendent of archeology.
The goal is to complete the job by 2000, when millions of tourists are expected to come to Rome to mark the new millennium.