Many of Rome's ancient buildings and monuments - some of the most famous antiquities in the world -a re in serious danger.
Many of Rome's ancient buildings and monuments - some of the most famous antiquities in the world -a re in serious danger. The Roman Forum and the Palatine, two of Italy's foremost country's attractions, have been closed to visitors because of their risk of collapse. This follows damage caused by heavy rain.
This move, which stunned archaeologists, historians, and those who love Rome simply for its beauty, was followed by another shock report. This said that three famous sculptures are likely to be corroded beyond repair by industrial pollution. The threatened monuments are the equestrian statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius on their Capital Hill in Rome, the ancient horses on the facade of St. Mark's basilica in Venice, and the bronze Gates of Paradise at the renaissance baptistery in Florence.
One eminent expert has said these monuments should be put indoors to protect them from further pollution. Professor Peaquele Rotondi, directors of the Italian Centre of Restoration, said the four Venice hoarse must be moved immediately before the winter fogs of the lagoon city make matters words.
Dr. Cian Filippo Carrettoni, Rome's superintendent of antiques, said lack of money and men was causing irreparable damage. He had only three surveyors for all of Poem's antiquities. There is no ministry to deal with fine arts - at the moment a section of the education ministry is responsible. Dr. Carrettoni said he had about 200 million lire (GBP130,000) a year to spend on antiquities. The Coliseum, alone, neared 50 million lire a year for annual upkeep, but at the moment he could only devote about a fifth of the necessary cash.
SYNOPSIS: For two thousand years the achievements of Roman builders have impressed the world. Millions of tourists have admired the ingenuity and sheer beauty of works like this ancient aqueduct. But how many of the famous monuments are in danger.
Time and weather have dona to the Roman Empire what the armies of the world failed to achieve - its great works are in ruins, and if the current rate of destruction continues, the world may eventually remember Rome only through her literature -- her buildings will have crumbled into rubble.
Already the sightseers who flock to admire Italy's elegance are finding disenchantment.
The beauty is pealed away. This world-famous status of Emperor Marcus Aurelius was once covered in gold. An ancient legend says that if it is totally regilded, a tuft of hair shaped like an law will hoot out the final judgment for Rome.
But there's a more prosaic lb for not repairing the famous Forum and Paladine buildings which look as though the final judgment has already come -- it's sheer lack of money.
Sightseers have been directed away from these monuments, two of Home's biggest attractions, because of the danger of their calliope.
some repair work is being carried out, but Roma has only three surveyors to deal with its entire treasury of history edifices. Work is also hampered by the shortage of hard cash - the money allocated for preserving Rome's antiquities does not even cover annual upkeep, let alone restoration.
The budget for repairing the Forum, for example, only covers a fifth of the actual sum needed to look after it properly.
Recent heavy rains have caused tremendous damage and heightened the risk of imminent collapse of the Forum and Coliseum.
The superintendent of antiquities for Rome has complained that he has been trying for over twenty years to get funds for looking after the city.
Signor Rodolfo Siviero, a leading government official concerned with recovering works of art smuggled abroad, has called for a special ministry to care for Italy's heritage.
He fears that otherwise the tourism industry which has its own ministry - will have nothing left to attract visitors.