Momentous day for Rome’s most magnificent monument!

Coliseum, Rome Italy, must-see sight in Rome


After months of talks, the restoration of the Coliseum in Rome is set to begin tomorrow – 31st July, 2012.

And just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, the Coliseum won’t be restored so quickly either.

Each of the 6 areas within the Coliseum is estimated to require around 24-36 months for completion, although three of these will be worked on contemporaneously.

Original construction of the Coliseum began around 70 BC, initially built as an amphitheatre designed to house some 50,000 people to watch spectacles. Since then, the Coliseum has been completed, added on to, burned, crumbled, earth-quake damaged, re-built and reinforced.

The latest Coliseum restoration has been sponsored by Diego della Valle, who is putting in the neat sum of 25 million euro in exchange for 15 years of exclusive running of the must-see sight in Rome.


A visit to the Coliseum is part of our walking tour of Rome with an expert guide, which forms part of our discounted Rome tours package, Rome in One Glorious Day or two together with our small-group skip-the-line Vatican tour.

For private tour options, we have the My Exclusive Original Rome Walk private guided tour and the My Exclusive Masterpieces of the Vatican and St. Peters guided tour tours.

There are also many more private Rome tours with an expert tour guide, as well as tours in Florence/Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Venice and beyond, which you can see on our site,

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  1. We were in Italy in September and had a terrific time. If you’re going to be spending a few days in Tuscany, I recommend a quick trip to Lucca it’s a very quaint walled city with a beautiful bike path, lots of shopping and lovely locals. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. While in Florence, we took advantage of your tour for some fantastic viewpoints! Rome also did this. It was a great way to get an overview of the cities and sights, and I recommend joining one as soon as you arrive and set your bags down! As for great dining if you have a chance to have dinner at Garga in Florence, you won’t be sorry. I also enjoyed Il Quattro Mori and Il Giggetto al Portico d’Ottavia. The former has rigatoni all’amatriciana to die for, and the latter serves unbelievable italian-jewish cuisine.