Rome to rebuild Colosseum floor

The Colosseum in Italy’s capital, Rome, is to be rebuilt. Not entirely, though. The Italian government are looking to rebuild the floor and return it to its former glory.

The government has pledged £16.7 million (€18.5 million) to built the retractable floor with mechanical trap doors enclosing and concealing its network of tunnels and cages. “The reconstruction… is a great idea which has gone around the world,” Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said in a statement.

“It will be a major technological intervention that will offer visitors the opportunity to, not only see the underground rooms… but also appreciate the beauty of the Colosseum while standing in the centre of the arena,” he added.

The new floor will stop the elements from further deteriorating the labyrinth of tunnels of the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire and should be completed by 2023.

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Maserati Ghibli Hybrid

Maserati is looking to the future with its first ever hybrid model – the Ghibli Hybrid. Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 48v alternator and an electric supercharger or e-Booster in Maserati speak, offers a total of 330PS and 450Nm delivered from 1,500rpm.

It will accelerate to 62mph in 5.7 seconds and even with the battery mounted in the rear, to benefit weight distribution, it comes in at 80kg less than a Ghibli Diesel.

Another first from Maserati on this model is the Maserati Connect Program, offering over the air updates to keep the car running the latest updates but it also checks the cars and monitors the Safety Security services in emergencies. It also has a new a 10.1-inch infotainment screen fitted with Android Auto.

Maserati is due to release its first all-electric cars, the new GranTurismo and GranCabrio in 2021.