The world’s most famous monument is finally getting a historic facelift
The great Flavian amphitheatre is the pulsating heart of Rome, once the centre of the greatest empire of the ancient world. But 2000 years of human drama have left their mark on the Colosseum, which is now in dire need of repair. The world’s most famous monument is finally getting a historic facelift thanks to a unique public-private partnership. As layers of grime are washed away and restorers make crucial repairs, intriguing new hidden details are coming to light only now, as a controversial renovation project returns the world’s largest Roman arena to its ancient glory.
This 90-minute documentary goes in depth to tell the whole story of the Coloseeum, from its ancient history as the place of fierce gladiatorial combat, to how it was designed and constructed to the science and engineering behind its contemporary renovation. The program also takes the viewers to ancient Rome’s earlier arenas: the overlooked crumbling ruins of Capua, as well as to the renovated arena in Verona, where engineers carefully monitor seismic and sound vibrations in order to use it as a modern venue. The program also explores controversial public-private partnership to fund the 25 million restoration, interviewing the charismatic CEO of the Italian fashion house Tod’s, which is sponsoring the work.