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August 21, 2017

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The Colosseum is headed south

Pisa has the Leaning Tower of, well, Pisa and now Rome has the Leaning Colosseum. The latter doesn’t have as nice ring to it, but it’s no doubt true. The 1932-year-old amphitheatre that once hosted real-life gladiator fights is tilted 40 centimetres on its southern side possibly because of cracks in its foundation. Luckily, a $30-million restoration — bankrolled by luxury shoemaker Tod’s, which remains controversial — is set to start this December and continue in phases through mid 2015. (We’re taking bets that the whole shebang will actually take longer). Parts of the monument will be covered in scaffolding for the planned 915 days, but it will remain open to public. And, when all is said and done, an additional 25 percent will be accessible to visitors.

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