Tod’s to restore Rome’s Colosseum

Tod’s, the Italian luxury shoe group has announced a new project to fund the cost of the restoration of Rome’s historic Colosseum, at a cost of €25 million.

According to the Telegraph, The ancient Roman arena is blackened by pollution and rocked by vibrations from a nearby subway line.

The project will happen in eight stages and has been finalized by the Italian Ministry of Culture and Tod’s Group President Diego Della Valle.

The Colosseum is Italy’s most famous attraction and has been immortalized in a variety of films, including “Gladiator,” starring Russell Crowe.

Completed in 80 A.D., it is the largest amphitheatre ever built during the Roman Empire and is considered one of the greatest feats of architecture and engineering.

It could seat 50,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests, mock sea-battles, executions, animal hunts, and dramas based on classical mythology.

Although the Colosseum may be most easily recognisable to many through Ridley Scott’s film swords-and-sandals blockbuster, ‘Gladiator’, starring Russell Crowe (its glory was re-created by computer-generated imagery), the amphitheatre has played multiple roles in popular culture. Rock band Nickelback filmed its 2009 music video ‘Gotta Be Somebody’ there, and a 2004 America’s Next Top Model episode was shot there. The Colosseum has also featured in films as diverse as ‘Roman Holiday’ (1953), ‘Way of the Dragon’ (1972), and ‘Jumper’ (2004), as well as in the video game, ‘Mario Kart: Double Dash! ‘ and last year’s Ubisoft game, ‘Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood’.

The Colosseum is also depicted on the Italian version of the five-cent euro coin.



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