The Italian Almanac

Colosseum

Italian News - August 19

A new barrier will soon ring the Colosseum as part of tighter security measures being implemented across Italy in the wake of last month's terror attacks in London. Rome authorities, who made the decision during a special security and terrorism meeting on Thursday, also agreed to step up policing and surveillance at Italy's most famous monument.

Extra personnel will patrol a new security zone between the barrier and the ancient walls, while a system of CCTV cameras will monitor the monument day and night. Metal detectors have already been installed at the entrances of the 2,000-year-old amphitheater.