Engineers Will Reconstruct the Colosseum’s Arena Floor, Allowing Visitors to Stand (and Take Selfies) Where Gladiators Once Fought
In a few years from now, visitors to Rome’s most famous ancient landmark will be able to stand on the floor of the Colosseum, taking in the same view that gladiators would have had while engaging in armed combat.
Italy’s culture minister, Dario Franceschini, has unveiled the winning design from the competition to reconstruct the arena floor. Milan Ingegneria, an engineering consulting company, led the team that devised the winning proposal for a retractable 32,300-square-foot floor. The project will cost €15 million ($18 million), according to the New York Times.