Rome’s iconic Colosseum is the world’s largest amphitheatre and one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. A monument to Roman imperial power and a symbol of Roman culture, its first foundations were laid in AD 72. However, over the years it has suffered from natural disasters, pollution and the wear and tear caused by millions of visitors, leaving it in a sorry state.
In 2011, Tod’s chairman Diego Della Valle announced the company had pledged €25m towards an ambitious project to renovate the famous amphitheatre. The first phase of the painstaking work is now complete: the northern and southern façades have been carefully cleaned and sensitively renovated, and 31 arches repaired. The next phase will see the restoration of passageways and underground vaults, a process that begins with the use of fine water sprays to clean away centuries of dirt and moss.
The restoration has so far revealed some exciting new discoveries, including once-hidden bas reliefs of Roman gladiators and medieval painted scenes.
Take a look at the restoration in progress here.