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Plans to create world's biggest archaeological park in Rome

Plans to create world's biggest archaeological park in Rome
14 Aug 2013

The Mayor of Rome has expressed his desire to create 'the planet's biggest archaeological park' in a bid to attract more tourists to the Eternal City. 

Ignazio Marino, who says his former experience as a transplant surgeon will see him proceed with 'caution and respect', wants to unearth forums of Nerva, Julius Caesar, Trajan and Augustus that were covered up by Mussolini to create Via dei Fori Imperiali - the main road running up to the Colosseum. 

'If London or Washington had this treasure, which represents western civilisation, could they have covered it up with tarmac?' Marino told the Sunday Times.

Since coming to power two months ago, the mayor has already begun a controversial pedestrianisation scheme of the roads around the Colosseum.

'I don't think any other city in the world ... would have turned ... the most famous monument on the planet into a roundabout,' he said. ADNFCR-408-ID-801624775-ADNFCR

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