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Rome to open up underground wonders to tourists

Thirty previously unseen-by-the-public sites will soon be opened up for tourists in Rome.

They include the Ludus Magnus, the barracks beneath the Colosseum where gladiators assembled before entering the great arena to meet their fate; the well-preserved necropolis of Santa Rosa at the Vatican, with tombs from the 1st to the 5th centuries, and pagan temples.

Guided tours through the sites begin on Monday. Gianni Alemanno, the Mayor of Rome, said he hoped that the experiment would be repeated next year and that in future some of the sites would remain open throughout the summer. “There is a lot of unknown Rome to explore, not just the best-known sights,” he said.

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