Tod’s 集团对于能参与罗马竞技场的复修工程，并为能够推动将这个闻名世界并代 表罗马和意大利历史传奇的古迹重现人前深感荣幸。随著工程第二阶段的圆满完成，代表著全面修复此源远历 史地标的信念。
这项竞技场复修工程由罗马及奥斯提亚安提卡考古区专员公署 (Commissioner of the Archaeological area of Rome and Ostia Antica)与罗马古迹办事处共同策划，并由 Tod’s 集团全力支持并推行。第二期工程于 2018 年 12 月正式展开，并由新成立的独立机构 Parco Archeologico del Colosseo 监督进行。作为 工程重点的竞技场地下室(Hypogea)是古迹重要的一部分，与竞技场下方的露天圆形剧场比例相若，惟古时从 未现于观众眼前。这项复修工程由多名考古学家、修复师、建筑师、工程师、测量师和建筑工人参与，动员超 过 80 人。
竞技场内有一条于工程后期落成的走廊，长达 160 米，让访客得以揭开这个古迹的神秘面纱。 自动工以来，经过 781 日和超过 55,700 小时的施工，终将这幅员 15,000 平方米的辉煌历史重现眼前。第二期工程再次体现 Tod’s 集团对这座世界文化遗产所抱持的坚定使命感，这份使命早于竞技场外墙复修工程之 始萌芽，当时的工程同样由 Tod’s 集团赞助进行，并于 2016 年竣工。工程的下一阶段是复修竞技场第二层的回廊，以及完善整体技术设施。而最后服务中心会移至竞技场的外围， 更方便访客游览。
竞技场地下室占地约半公顷，整个区域由外墙及 14 个隔段分割出多条纵横交错的通道。中间的通道用作存放 竞技表演所需的机械和器材。文献所示的最后公演日期是公元 523 年，在此之前，地下室一直不开放予观 众，只能经四条地下回廊进入。多年来，地下室一直用作各项华丽演出的后台。文献录得的最后公演日期是公元 523 年，在此之前，观众一 直无法窥探地下室的面貌。竞技场能容纳 50,000 至 75,000 名观众，设有多项技术装置让工作人员、动物和舞台设备进场之用。这些技术 装置最早可追溯至弗拉维时代 (Flavian Age)，当中多台存放于地下通道里的升降机一直保留至今，分别是 24 个可动平台及 28 台木制升降机，全部附有笼子，并以绞车运作。
Tod’s Group is proud to have participated in the restoration of the Colosseum, giving this internationally renowned monument back to the world, a symbol of both Roman and Italian history. The end of the second phase of the project celebrates the history of this iconic landmark and the symbolic message of trust in its repair.
The restoration of the Colosseum is an initiative that was developed by the Commissioner of the Archaeological area of Rome and Ostia Antica in agreement with Rome’s Archaeological Heritage Department. The project was then executed thanks to the support of the Tod’s Group.
The second phase of the project, which began in December 2018 under the supervision of the new autonomous institute Parco Archeologico del Colosseo, has focused on the Colosseum’s hypogea, a monument within the monument, corresponding to the portion of the amphitheater which lies below the arena and that in ancient times was invisible to the spectators. The restoration saw the involvement of more than 80 people, including archaeologists, restorers, architects, engineers, surveyors and construction workers. At the end of the works, a 160 metre long walkway was installed in the Colosseum, opening up to visitors an area of the monument that had never been accessible before. After 781 days from the opening of the construction site and more than 55,700 hours of work, the restoration activities have brought back a total area of 15,000 m2 to its former glory. This second installment consolidates Tod’s Group’s commitment to this World Heritage site – a commitment that was established with the Group’s support of the restoration of the external facade of the Colosseum, which was completed in 2016.
The project will continue with the restoration of the building’s galleries of the Colosseum’s second order, and with the overall optimization of the technical implementation. Finally, the service centre will be relocated and moved in the outer area of the Colosseum, allowing visitors to access it in a more comfortable manner.
The Colosseum’s hypogea extend for about half a hectare and are surrounded by a perimeter wall and 14 partitions that identify a network of corridors. The central corridor housed the machines and equipment necessary for the performance of the shows. Until 523 AD, the year in which record indicates the last show, spectators could not enter the hypogea and access was possible through 4 underground galleries.
Spectators could not gaze at the hypogea, as this area was used as a backstage for the grandiose shows that took place in the arena until 523 AD, the date in which records indicate the last show. The Colosseum, which could accommodate between 50,000 and 75,000 spectators, was equipped with a series of technological devices used for the appearance of men, animals and stage equipment on the arena. Among the devices dating back to the Flavian age, it is still possible to see the sequences of elevators housed in the corridors of the underground area. They are respectively 24 mobile platforms and 28 wooden elevators containing cages raised by winches.
Visual documentary of the restoration work
Photos provided by Tod’s.