The intervention plan
The intervention plan consists of:
  • Mounting of the temporary works for each single sector of the monument, integration and mapping of its state of preservation;
  • Total restoration and first checking, possible pre-consolidation, cleaning with water spray, fillings, processing of metallic elements;
  • Gradual replacement of the elements that protect the arches of the first order and new fences.
The entire restoration project includes 2 other steps:
  1. Planning and execution of the works for the realization of a Service Center with acquisition of the final project at bid stage, in the area between via Celio Vibenna and Piazza del Colosseo (the Coliseum square). The estimated duration of the works is 18 months. The intervention plan will include:
    • Excavation of the existing embankment on the Coliseum square (with archaeological support) and set up of the temporary works
    • Construction of the main structure of the Service Center
    • New covering of the structure with all organic treatments
    • Internal and external fin
  2. Restoration of the interior environment of the monument, including building works. For this last tranche a drafting of the project to be auctioned is in course, drawing on the knowledge gained creating sample-yards inside the Coliseum, which results have provided technical and operational data. The following step is the restoration of the ambulatory, of two-thirds of the hypogea and the retrofit compliance and implementation of standard equipment.

During the restoration works, which will end up with a visiting area increased by 25%, the Coliseum will remain open to the public.

Intervention plan
Works of restoration

The Special Superintendence for Archeological Heritage of Rome and Tod's Group are proud to announce that the first phase of the restoration of the Coliseum, following the investment of the Group itself of 25 million Euros for the sponsorship of the project, has been completed.


The scaffolds, which protected the first 5 arches since October 2013, today leave space only and exclusively to the magnificence of the monument, undisputed symbol of the Italian culture, that has now regained its original color.


The brilliant results have been obtained through the close cooperation of our Country’s best trained professionals (archeologists, architects, engineers, specialized workers and restorers), who contributed to the restoration with their experience, dedication and passion. The working procedures are mainly based on the masterly manual skills of the technicians, through a meticulous work, which reflects the unique skills of Italian artisans known and respected all over the world. To all of them a big thank you from both Italians and foreigners who deeply love our Country.


"Restoring such an important monument, a worldwide symbol of Italy, which carries a strong synergy between public and private sector, is a motivation which we would like followed by others, commencing with the large Italian businesses.


The Italian cultural assets represent a unique heritage of beauty no-one else owns. Bringing them back to their original status will allow us to improve tourism in Italy and to build more companies and employment, especially for younger generations. Young people will get a job and at the same time will be able to contribute to the cultural and economic development of our Country, being proud to do that.


This is not a dream, but reality: all we have to do is do it and do it now," says Diego Della Valle.

For the cleaning of the Coliseum, water spray has been used. The spraying has been carried out at room temperature, without pressure or any additional substances or solvents, to fully respect the environment. The system is able to remove loose deposits of dust and to dissolve black crust while leaving the patina of time.


With the end of this important phase of the restoration and with the dismantling of the scaffolds, the renovated part of the Coliseum, with its historical heritage, has been given back to the people.


The important project of restoration sponsored by Tod's Group includes:


  1. The restoration of the northern and southern prospectus, with new railings at order 1;
  2. The restoration of hypogea and of the ambulatory of the Flavian Amphitheatre; the implementation of standard equipment;
  3. The creation and repositioning from internal to an external visitors' service and reception area.

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Gallery
  • Surface cleaning
    Washing with atomized water: the alternating action of the water mist and brushing with sorghum brushes gradually removes the deposits of dirt and safeguards the patina of time.
  • Biocide treatment
    Removal of microorganism colonies: brush-applied biocide to contain and reduce colonies of biodeteriogens.
  • Biocide treatment
    Removal of microorganism colonies: after applying the biocide, the original surface is brushed; biodeteriogen colonies are removed with nylon brushes and localized spraying of water.
  • Precision mechanical cleaning
    Removal of deposits not pertinent to the original surface by localized precision micro-sandblasting.
  • Removal of stucco from previous restoration work because no longer suitable
    Mechanical removal of cements using micro-chisels.
  • Removal of stucco from previous restoration work because no longer suitable
    Mechanical removal of cements using micro-chisels.
  • Consolidation and rebonding
    Rebonding of travertine chips using lime mortar.
  • Consolidation and rebonding
    Rebonding of travertine chips by injection of liquid hydraulic mortar.
  • Pointing of cavities and cracks
    Mortar preparation: sieving of black pozzolana
  • Pointing of cavities and cracks
    Application of mortar with a pointing trowel.
  • Pointing of cavities and cracks
    Thorough compression of mortar in cavities, with a pointing trowel.
  • Pointing of cavities and cracks
    Pointing treatment: sponging the mortar shows up the particle size and colours of the mixes so that the pointing blends mimetically with the travertine surfaces.
  • Pointing of cavities and cracks
    Pointing treatment: sponging the mortar shows up the particle size and colours of the mixes so that the pointing blends mimetically with the travertine surfaces. Detail: the black pozzolana mimetically replaces the black colour of the recesses.
  • Pointing of cavities and cracks
    Pointing treatment: the composition of the mortar with yellow tuff powder is chromatically close to the golden yellow of oxalate patinas.
  • Surface cleaning
    Washing with atomized water: the water mist gradually dissolves the dirt; this operation uncovers the colour of the original surfaces and reveals the cracks in the monument.