Tod's breathes life back into the Colosseum

Tod's breathes life back into the Colosseum

Italian pride

Text: Priscilla Tan

The architectural greatness of the Colosseum is once again imbued with life

Well, it is only just the largest amphitheatre ever built. Constructed back in 70-80 AD, the Colosseum was once the location to head to for a bloody awesome gladiatorial show. Now, it stands as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and is also a site for Roman Catholic ceremonies. Today, five years after Diego Della Valle, the President of the Tod's group, confirmed that the brand would fund the entire costs of restoration totalling to 25 million for the heritage site, the initial phase of reparations have been completed.

The first phase of restoration included a bout of general and localised cleaning and restoration on its northern and southern facades, plus brand new replacement gates for the arch enclosure system. Besting its previous splendour, the first phase of work has improved the outlook of the Colosseum. However, as the saying goes, Rome wasn't built in a day — only a fraction of the work has been done. But, over the course of the next few years, the joint effort of Italy's Ministry of Culture and the Tod's group will have of the world's richest cultural treasures returned to its former glory. 

For those with impending visits to Rome, the Colosseum remains open to the public despite restorative works.