Colosseum Archaeological Park Announced

A new archaeological park has been announced in Rome, which will encompass the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Domus Aurea.

Dario Franceschini, the Minister of Heritage and Cultural Activities and Tourism, broke the news on Jan 10th, explaining that the new park will be protected by a decree that the minister was preparing to sign. This means that, similar to 30 other cultural sites across Italy, the new park will be autonomously managed, with a new director to be appointed following an international selection process.

The creation of this new archaeological park follows from a reform that was announced in 2014, which aimed to make more museum complexes in Italy autonomous. The Uffizi art gallery in Florence has already become independent as part of the reform and Franceschini believes this has “unquestionably” led to improvements and increased visitors.

As a part of the reform, the Ordinary Superintendency will be abolished and the Special Superintendency, which is independent when it comes to accountancy and management, will take on responsibilities over all of Rome. Although it will not manage the new Colosseum park, the Special Superintendency will receive 30% of the revenue of ticket sales to the park – to the tune of around €11 million per year – for the maintenance of other archaeological parks in Rome.

As visitors to Rome can already visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with a single ticket, you may be unlikely to notice any changes when the reform comes into effect; however, with time, there will hopefully be improved services and better maintenance at this iconic site in Rome that will improve your experience.

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