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Time to go to Rome! Its best attractions are changing

Easyvoyage logo Easyvoyage 10/6/2017 Chris Sargent
The best views of the Colosseum had been off limits - until now © Provided by Webedia SAS The best views of the Colosseum had been off limits - until now

The culture minister, Dario Franceschini, has been the bringer of both good and bad tidings. When he announced the Pantheon entrance fees, it was met with much controversy. On the other hand, he was quoted in the Telegraph as saying that: "It's not been possible to visit this part of the Colosseum for 40 years. This restores another part of the monument to the public."

From 1st November, groups of 25 tourists will be able to follow guided tours to the top of the Colosseum and enjoy views originally enjoyed by Rome's plebian class. At the time, it was considered that the wooden benches at the top gave the worst views of the fighting, whilst the marble ones below were the most sought after. But now, the top floor will give unbridled views of both the city and arena. The Colluseum is Italy's most popular historical site, bringing in over 6 million visitors a year.

The Pantheon, currently free, was built by the Empreror Hadrian over 2,000 years ago, and now attracts around 7 million people a year. It was originally built as a pagan temple before becoming a chruch, and boasted the largest dome in the World before the 15th century. It is currently one of the only ancient Roman sites to be completely free, but Mr Franseschini plans to put into place an entrance fee of "just a few euros" by early next year. He says that the practical problem that the team are facing right now is quite simply where to put the ticket office.

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