The Colossus of Rome

A Monumental Makeover in the Eternal City

This summer, the mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, inaugurated a new lighting system for one of the Eternal City's most famous monuments — the Colosseum.

Designed to hold 50,000 spectators, the building was begun by Emperor Vespasian, inaugurated by Titus in 80AD, and completed by Domitian. The first permanent amphitheatre to be built in Rome, its monumental size and grandeur, as well as its efficient organization for producing spec

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