Colosseo, RomeI’ve lived in Rome for the past (gulp!) fifteen years.

Not surprisingly, as soon as I landed here, I insisted on living near the Colosseum. We Americans are always fascinated by European history.

We grew up going on tours where we’re told something is ‘really old’  if it was built 100 years ago, so imagine how thrilled I was walking by the two-thousand-year-old Colosseum each day.

Since I pass by these impressive marble arches every day, I’ve been watching the scaffolding slowly covering it up.

Yes, after two millennia it’s apparently time for a face lift.

Colosseo, RomeCracks showed up on the Colosseum after the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. The 2012 Roman snow – and the resulting ice – led to pieces of its facade crumbling.

The renovation has been talked about for some time, but it’s finally getting underway. On my early morning walks past the ancient site of gladiatorial battles, I’ve watched the workmen slowly build a metal sheath around it.

Of course, I’m sad to see portions of my favorite monument covered up, but a city like Rome, with its dizzying array of ancient monuments, requires constant upkeep.

I may be sad to see the scaffolding go up, but I’m always thrilled to see the end results.

So it will be with the Colosseum.

Maintaining the caput mundi of Ancient Rome requires a lot of work.

After all, Rome wasn’t (re)built in a day…