How crowdfunding could see Nero’s villa re-emerge into Rome’s sunlight

May 10, 2015 740

by Abigail Blasi

With the Italian government strapped for cash, Rome is becoming increasingly creative about how it preserves its heritage. Since 2014, companies funding restoration projects have been offered tax breaks via the Art Bonus scheme.

Luxury label Tod's bankrolled the Colosseum's current restoration, while Fendi, better known for fur than philanthropy, picked up the tab for the Trevi Fountain's refurb. But the site of Domus Aurea, Nero's fabled House of Gold, is taking a different route – crowdfunding.

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