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Published December 27, 2011
The Colosseum is falling down
One of the worlds oldest buildings, The Colosseum in Rome is in dire need of some urgent safety and restoration work before the whole thing comes tumbling down.
Over the Christmas period several large pieces of rock have fallen away from two different locations. The first was witnessed by a group of visiting tourists and reported to staff and similar pieces fell off last year which raised concerns that if something was not done soon it would become too dangerous for to allow tourists to access the site.
The Colosseum, visited by many millions of tourists a year at Euro 10 per head (I wonder where all the money goes) can seat and did seat up to 50,000 mad blood thirsty Romans watching the many gladiator contests and chariot races. I guess they had not much else to do, it is like us now adays going to the movies.
Restoration works have been planned for years but the cost has always been a major part of the problem until recently. One of the many billionaires in Italy has stepped in and has decided to foot the bill which is estimated to cost in the region of Euro 25 million and after completion will increase by at least 25% the area currently accessable to tourists.
It was completed in around 79AD and is located at the very centre of Rome surrounded by endless 24 hour mad traffic and massive population which has placed a heavy toll on the building.
Watch Out Pirates About
The Italian registered cargo ship Enrico Ievoli carrying a shipment of caustic soda was boarded by a band of pirates who rounded up the 18 crew members and took control of the vessel. This is the third Italian ship in as many months to be attacked and held for a ransom.
Back last month in November, the Cargo Ship Rosalia D'Amato with a crew of 21 was released, seven months after been taken and held for a ransom, which seems to have finally been paid. Unless of course the pirates just got bored and let them go. Full report here
Published December 26, 2011
Italy's answer to FaceBook http://www.italylink.com
A social Network for people from an Italian back ground who want to share memories and network with other Italians.
Published December 24, 2011
Well here we are again, Christmas Eve, What a quick year it has been and a busy one for us at RomeEscape. We launched our new Site in November and traffic is up 35% on it. We are delighted visitors seem to like what we have done.
Published December 22, 2011
Italian CatI Inherits a Fortune
A 94 year old Rome women has left an adopted stray cat her entire Euro 10 million fortune and told a local women to
"look after him" if I am not around. Now the cat has become one fat cat and takes orders from no one.
Reported to be one of if not the richest cat on earth, iit seems it's all down to him being able to write a note in his
owners handwriting explaining that in the event of her death, her entire fortune should be given to the cat. What a clever cat.
The hand written will of the childless widow women simply said, " Tommaso gets it all". As there were no relatives to
dispute the will, Tommaso, will indeed get it all, which includes property worth in the region of Euro 10 million.
The deceased woman, worrying about his future decided what better way to look after him than to make him the
richest cat on earth and to have silly stories like this one written about him.
Published December 17, 2011
Bye Bye Silvio Berlusconi hello Mario Monti
With Mr B saying goodbye to his political life finally, after so many false starts, can the new man make any difference.
Well he sounds like it. "no cash purchases over Euro 1600" anything over this amount must be done with a record of
the payment. This is in an afford to cut tax fraud.
Good Luck to him with that. Ever wondered why every house in Italy has metal bars on the windows or roller blinds
on every window and doors which would remind you of a safe vault. Answer, All the cash is inside and not in the bank.