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July 14, 2016

The Colosseum is iconic to Rome, and now visitors will be able to do something previously not possible: feel like a gladiator.

Beginning July 15, visitors will be able to walk through an entrance that passes through the heart of the ancient stadium to the arena floor.

“(The new door) takes visitors directly to the arena, making them feel like gladiators of the third millennium,” Francesco Prosperetti, the Colosseum's archaeological superintendent, told La Repubblica (in Italian). “Whoever comes through this entrance will remember it for a lifetime.”

The entrance will be open through October, and is also supposed to help with foot traffic: Some 6.5 million people visit the landmark each year. Colosseum officials expect between 1,800 and 2,400 tourists to walk through the new door just as the gladiators did thousands of years ago.

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