Colosseum go-slow for two days

Colosseum affected by restoration and union meetings.

Visitors to Rome's Colosseum face disruption on Tuesday 3 November and Wednesday 4 November. On 3 November access is limited because of restoration works and on 4 November because of union meetings.

On 3 November all visitors, whether groups or individuals, will be channeled through only one entrance, which is normally reserved for groups, to facilitate the installation of new scaffolding for the amphitheatre's ongoing restoration.

On 4 November there is a union meeting at the Colosseum, other archaeological areas in Rome and the Museo Nazionale Romano, leading to a "possible reduction in visitor services at some sites", according to a statement released by Rome's archaeological superintendency.

The note from the city's archaeological office also says that it hopes to guarantee some services during the union meetings in line with the government's legislation to ban lightening walk-outs of union staff at national archaeological sites and monuments. The new regulations to ensure essential services at tourist sites throughout the country was promised by the government after an unannounced staff meeting on Friday 18 September left long lines of tourists queuing for three hours for access to the Colosseum in the heat.