ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Sig.na Fausta Vitali (daugther of Dario Vitali, Benito Mussolini’s secretary) presents Mr. Thomas Merrick [USA] offer of $1,000,000 USD to buy the Colosseum. ROME DAILY SENTINEL (6 Oct. 1972) & the NEW YORK TIMES (25 Feb. 1973).
Roma i simili “Gruppo di Tod” Colosseo Progetto 40 anni prima (1972-73):
ROME (AP) — The daughter of Benito Mussolini’s secretary, who is in Rome trying to buy the Colosseum for a California businessman, said Wednesday the $ 1-million purchase offer is not a joke but a “very reasonable and feasible” proposition. “Of course,” Fausta Vitali said, “any sum would be ridiculous. There is no price on the Colosseum.” Miss Vitali, whose father, Dario, worked for the Italian dictator between 1918 and 1930, arrived from Laguna Beach with a $10,000 check for a down payment and a contract already signed by Thomas Merrick.
Rome’s superintendent of antiquities protested that Merrick’s offer could not be taken into consideration. The Colosseum was closed to visitors last week because of the danger of falling masonry and officials said it might take years to make it safe. Merrick has said he would put up another $1 million for repairs on the Colosseum and share 50-50 with Rome the profits he hoped to make. He plans to let Rome direct the restoration of the 1,900-year-old arena. Miss Vitali said Merrick is an Italian-American who has made a fortune buying and selling property.
FONTE | SOURCES:
— PDF = ROME DAILY SENTINEL (6 Oct. 1972), p. 5. | PDF = ROME DAILY SENTINEL (6 Oct. 1972), p. 5.
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA: Commissario delegato per le Aree Archeologiche di Roma e Ostia Antica (2008-10). Comments by: Prof’s: ‘R. B. Bandinelli, G. Carettoni, E. La Rocca & L. Cozza;’ in: The Ageless Ruins of Italy are in Danger (…). New York Times (Feb. 25, 1973) p. 452. in: Foto 1 & 2.
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA e RESTAURO ARCHITETTURE: Italy’s fears that corporate-sponsored restoration projects will lead to the Disneyfication of its cultural heritage, WASHINGTON POST | INDEPENDENT, U.K., (6-7|09|2014).
— ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA e ARCHITETTURA: Colosseo, scontro all’assemblea degli azionisti Tod’s. Della Valle: “Codacons risarcisca danni.” Azione legale per 36 milioni di euro. LA REPUBBLICA (17|04|2014).