Rome’s Roman Colosseum, home to the Roman Republic’s ancient emperor, has been the subject of renovations for the past five years.
The renovation of the terrace and the interior space in the palace was financed by a $150,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Italian ceramic tile is used in the renovation, which will include a new floor-to-ceiling terrace with terrace-like windows and a new balcony that will open to the street, a spokeswoman for the Italian Cultural Center said.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall.
It is the second renovation project to be completed in Rome, following last year’s installation of a bronze sculpture in the Colosso D’Iso.
Last year, Italian artist Luciano Gatti built an 11-foot-tall bronze statue of the emperor, which was later dismantled and sold for a record-breaking $1.2 million, according to the Associated Press.
Gatti is also a prominent figure in Italy, which has long been considered a bastion of artistic talent.