Italy to launch restoration of Nero's Palace in Rome
|The circular room of the Palace of Nero in Rome [Credit: © DR]|
This enormous structure of some 15,000 square metres was built after the great fire of Rome in AD 64, attributed to Nero. It included several buildings, extensive gardens and an artificial lake that was drained after the Emperor's death and the Colosseum built in its place.
Masterpieces at risk
The country's colossal debt and the associated austerity measures has made it difficult for Italy to maintain many of its iconic monuments.
|The Palace of Nero as it was in the 1st century [Credit: © DR]|
To rehabilitate the site of Pompeii, which has also seen several collapses, Italy applied and won support from the European Union, receiving 105 million euros for the site's up-keep.
More recently, on June 9, the Trevi fountain has shown signs of weakness, with several decorative pieces having dislodged from the upper frieze.
Rome's municipal councillor delegate for culture has begun a campaign to raise funds to initiate large scale restoration work on the fountain.
Source: FranceTv [June 21, 2012]