The mayor of Rome wishes to demolish the Via dei Fori Imperiali, one of the Rome’s central roads, and turn the area around the old Roman Forum into the world’s largest archaeological park.
Sacrilege? Not so fast. This lively, fascinating article describes the many layers of Rome and why the plan might be a really good one.
Sample quote :
“During my Fulbright year in Italy I had a colleague who was studying Roman altars, half of which you could only get at by ringing the bell of strangers’ apartments and saying: “Hello! I’m an archaeologist, and according to this list there’s a Roman sacrificial altar here?” to which the standard response is, “Oh, yes, come on in, it’s in the basement next to the washing machine.”