The project “brings us back to the arena of ancient monuments,” Colosseum director Alfonsina Russo said at a press conference on Sunday.
Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini hailed as A “special project” that will allow visitors to walk on new floors and get to the center of the Colosseum.
The floor will serve as a platform for cultural events and visitors will be able to see the monument as it was until the 19th century, Franceschini added.
Italian engineering firm Milan Ingegneria will undertake a $ 22 million project (approximately 18.5 million euros) expected to be completed by 2023.
“The complex underground system under the wooden sidewalk, thanks to the hatch, the pulley and the movable machines, allows men, beasts and props to be carried onto the arena floor,” Russo added.
The ministry’s statement said there is a focus on sustainability with materials that “Incredibly light” and sustainable to use during construction.
The building’s sustainability credentials will be further supported by installing a collection system that will use rainwater to provide the monument’s public toilets.
The floor corridors are paved with Accoya wood-clad carbon panels, some of the panels are rotated to transmit natural light to the under-construction structure.
The floor will be 3,000 square meters (approximately 32,300 square feet).
Massimiliano Milan, Milan Ingegneria Chief Executive Officer, said: “The new structure will be completely reversible if in 30, 50 or a hundred years the monument will be restored as it is now”.
Much of this attraction is closed to the public during Italy’s coronavirus blockade, and most recently opened to tourists on April 26.