Colosseum to become part of archaeological park
The Colosseum is set to become part of an archaeological park that will also include the Domus Aurea, Palatine Hill and Forum sites, Culture Minister Dario Franceschini announced on Tuesday.
He said the country's transition to autonomously managed museum complexes has "unquestionably" led to improvements, including increased visitors and better services.
"It's a slow process, which will move forward in the country at different speeds, but one that's bringing results," Franceschini said.
The Special Superintendency will remain autonomous in both accounting and management, and will receive 30% of the revenue from ticket sales to the new Colosseum archaeological park - about 11 million euros per year - for the maintenance of other archaeological areas.
Those funds will be in addition to other state funding, which Franceschini said over the past three years has been about 150 million euros annually.
Franceschini said the process of forming the new Colosseum archaeological park would move forward rapidly, with the decree signing to take place within 48 hours before heading to the Audit Court and then publication in the country's official gazette.
"Then the selection process will start for the director," he said, adding that an interim director would manage current personnel in the meantime.
Photos courtesy of ANSA.
Author: Michelle Ruelle | Source: ANSA [January 11, 2017]