by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times
ROME, May 4, 2021 — Italy’s culture minister, Dario Franceschini, released the long-awaited news of the construction of a lightweight stage located in the center of the historic amphitheater. Average visitors will be able to enjoy a viewpoint that is thousands of years in the waiting.
Franceschini released the details of the $22 million contract in which the original 1st century AD retractable wooden stage would be installed and completed by 2023. The retractable stage will serve both as stage and protective barrier for the hypogeum. Following standard preservation methods, the installation is reversible to protect the Colosseum from permanent alterations.
Visitors will be able to stand where gladiators fought in fierce combat both on ground and water; or more reflective visitors can come pray for the estimated 3000 Christians martyred under Roman persecution.
Franceschini also expects to open the arena to cultural events “. . . that are respectful to the Colosseum as a symbol of Italy.”