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Parts Of Colosseum Newly Open To Public

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October 22, 2010 Historical, News & Oddities No Comments

This is quite exciting news. Following recent restauration, the Colosseum’s underground dungeons will open to the public for the first time this week, giving visitors access to the chambers where gladiators once prepared for battle, and wild animals were caged before being transported by lifts up to the central fighting arena.

A debate is raging about whether the restauration of monuments should be privately sponsored in exchange for advertising rights on the monument itself. The city of Rome is presently looking for a private sponsor to take over the entire cost of renovation of the Colosseum, in exchange for several perks related to this ancient gigantic monument, a precedent in Europe.

In my humble opinion, a bit of tasteful advertising is more than worth it, if the Colosseum is going to be restored in a manner that gives visitors more extensive access to it in the future.

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