May 11, 2021

The Roman Colosseum will recover its sand in 2023 with an eco-sustainable project

Rome, May 2 (EFE) .- The Colosseum in Rome will rebuild its arena in 2023, the stalls in which the gladiators fought, thanks to a project marked by eco-sustainability to improve the visit to this emblematic building and that, surely , will provoke debate.

The objective is to provide a floor to the Flavian Amphitheater, since it lost the original one over the centuries, leaving its undergrounds in the open air to this day, except for a small part of about 600 square meters that is still covered today.

The authorities had launched a public tender to receive projects that provide solutions and, of the eleven presented, the one signed by the Milan Engineering studio has finally been chosen, announced today the director of the Coliseum, Alfonsina Russo, in an online press conference.

Regarding the deadlines, Russo explained that after the selection of this project, which will be developed in coordination with UNESCO, a public tender for a maximum of 15 million euros will be launched to find a company to build the platform.

It is expected that the works will start already at the end of this year or the beginning of 2022 to have the arena ready in 2023.


The proposed solution, which promises to be totally respectful of a monument as delicate as it is famous, consists of an audience of about three thousand square meters that will cover the entire center of the Colosseum and can be opened and closed to admire its subways.

This platform will be built with “extremely light” materials, such as a type of eco-sustainable and acetylated wood that is highly resistant to bacteria and weather, and will not damage the basement or the walls of the building.

Its culmination will essentially allow two things: preserve the underground spaces from meteorology and offer visitors a unique view of the building, from its central point.

“It will make the visit to the Colosseum even more stimulating”, celebrated the Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, who since 2014 has been trying to rebuild the arena of the emperors’ amphitheater.

In addition, the future floor of the Colosseum will have a system with which it will collect rainwater and then use it to supply the building’s bathrooms (the Colosseum until 2019, before the pandemic, received about 25,000 people a day).

As for the subways, in the imperial past tours by gladiators and beasts, the platform that will cover them will have an alarm system to detect any alteration of the microclimate that could harm their state.


In addition to offering a new experience to the visitor, with an unprecedented point of view that will allow to appreciate the Colosseum in all its majesty, this pavement will make the Flavio building can be used for other things.

The idea is that it allows hosting some type of event “of international importance”, taking advantage of the fact that it is the authentic emblem of Italy in the world, as long as they cannot pose a danger to its conservation.

But it will not serve to host large shows, as was initially feared, Minister Franceschini said.

In any case, the minister is aware that the intervention will generate debate among historians and archaeologists, divided between those who support recovering the sand and those who prefer that the Colosseum remain as it is for fear of damaging it.

“I think this work will naturally create debate (…) but in my opinion it brings great value combining sustainability, protection and technological innovation”, defended the minister.

This despite the fact that in the past it already hosted cultural events, such as the concert in 2018 of the “Gladiator” soundtrack, which was precisely attended by the protagonist of the film, Russell Crowe.

In any case, the defenders of the project allege that it is only about giving the Flavian Amphitheater, built in the 1st century AD and a World Heritage Site, a floor that is known to have existed until the late 19th century.

This is demonstrated by a historical photograph of the Alinari brothers dated approximately 1870 and in which the Colosseum is seen with its entire arena and with a cross erected in its center, in which so many Christians fell in times of persecution.

Gonzalo sanchez


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