Italy: Colosseum to open upper tier, underground to visitors starting next week

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ROME - Starting next week, tourists will be able to visit the upper area of the Colosseum and the underground, where gladiators once prepared for fights and lions and tigers were caged.

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ROME – Starting next week, tourists will be able to visit the upper area of the Colosseum and the underground, where gladiators once prepared for fights and lions and tigers were caged.

Culture Ministry officials said Thursday that it will be the first time the underground has ever been open, while the upper tier had been closed since the 1970s.

Both will open following a cleanup and structural work to ensure they are safe.

That is planned for Tuesday, but the areas will only be accessible to guided tours of a maximum of 25 people at a time, starting about every 20 minutes.

Some 4.5 million people have visited the ancient arena between the beginning of the year and last month, according to the Culture Ministry.

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