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.