Colosseum’s Underground Area to open to tourists for first time
Herald Tribune 15/10/2010
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. The opening is planned for Tuesday, and officials say it will be the first time the underground has been open to the public; the upper tier has been closed since the 1970s. Both will open after a cleanup and structural work to ensure they are safe. The areas will be accessible only to guided tours of a maximum of 25 people at a time, starting about every 20 minutes.