Those backing the project envisage millions of tourists having the chance to stroll through the ancient forum, race chariots around the Circus Maximus, climb down into the catacombs or loll in the Baths of Caracalla. Visitors will get to watch gladiator fights and battle re-enactments in the Colosseum, although officials say it is unlikely that a full-size version will be built.
“The idea is to give the visitor a sense of what the ancient life of Rome was. That’s the target,” Antonio Gazzellone, Rome’s leading tourist official, said.
Story: James Bone, The Times | Photo: Wikimedia Commons