Colosseum becomes part of archaeological park

Jan 13, 2017 463

The Colosseum is set to become part of an archaeological park that will also include the Domus Aurea, Palatine Hill and Forum sites, Culture Minister Dario Franceschini announced on Tuesday. The park will have a new director appointed via an international selection process, as has already happened for 30 other top cultural sites that were made autonomous through a reform, including Florence's Uffizi museum.

Franceschini said he is preparing to sign a ministerial decree that reorganizes management of the Colosseum area to complete a reform launched in 2014. He said the country's transition to autonomously managed museum complexes has "unquestionably" led to improvements, including increased visitors and better services.

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